handsawgeek’s First Hand Saw

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 05-06-2016 05:16 PM 1228 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This week, while rummaging through boxes and piles of stuff in the deepest, darkest recesses of the garage, I ran across this:

This hand saw was purchased in the late 1970s from Montgomery Ward’s – a PowrCraft 10 point cross cut saw.

I recall I had just bought and moved into my very own 10×70 mobile home bachelor pad, so it became part of my fledgling home-owner’s tool kit.

I had completely forgotten about this saw, and was very surprised to find that I still had it!

Seeing and holding this tool brings back some vivid memories, now…. The mobile home park that I moved into required me to have skirting installed within a couple months of residence. I priced out commercially –made aluminum skirting and found it to be well beyond my budget.

So, I opted to attempt making my own skirting. My material of choice was twelve inch wide rough cedar planking, which was pretty inexpensive back in that day. This choice is what led me directly to Ward’s to buy the saw. Had to be a hand saw, ‘cause I couldn’t afford otherwise.

Having had very little in the way of construction experience or know-how, I just winged it on this project, first building the framing that nailed onto the bottom of the mobile home, then cutting and nailing on the plank sections vertically.

To my surprise, the job didn’t turn out half bad, and was actually one of the more attractive skirting jobs in the mobile home park (In my mind, anyway).

This fuzzy photo is the only one I could find that shows part of the skirting.

It was this very saw that handled all of the stock cutting for that monumental undertaking, as well as subsequent smaller projects.

After about two years living in the mobile home, I got a notice from the park management that wood skirting was no longer allowed and that I had to replace mine with aluminum or plastic – or face a stiff fine! Something having to do with new fire code restrictions.

I never complied with this because, at the time, I was in the process of selling the mobile and buying my first real house, anyway.

Once I had an actual house, a power circular saw was purchased to take over all the various homeowner construction tasks, and the ol’ hand saw went into retirement, got lost in a box of other stuff, and quickly forgotten.

This means that I was a hand saw geek long before I became ‘handsawgeek’! Go figure…

As for this old PowrCraft saw, I perceive that it is extremely dull and needs a good cleaning / sharpening before it gets proudly re-introduced to the arsenal.

I’ll add it to the project list right away….

-- Ed

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#1 posted 05-06-2016 06:40 PM

A forgotten sandsaw… sacrilege!!! even without sharpening, I bet it cuts better than a lot of the plastic handled rubbish they sell these days!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 05-06-2016 07:14 PM

When I was in middle-school, I was sawing a plank for a doghouse I was making. The saw? Same as yours. The outcome? The saw slipped and went into my knee. Deeply into my knee. I still have a scar. I also still use the saw, which, like yours, is quite dull. I also still have the ladder I fell off, around the same time. Onto my knee. On the concrete garage floor.
Those were the days.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 05-06-2016 08:37 PM

Phil – Yep, even though it’s a lower quality saw for its day, it is far superior to the crap that’s out there at the BORGs

Mark – Man, that make me wince just thinking about it. Somebody had it in for your knees! I think we all have at least one good ‘biting tool’ story. We wouldn’t be woodworkers without ‘em !

-- Ed

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#4 posted 05-09-2016 06:38 AM

Great trip down memory lane, Ed. Nice to see where handsawgeek originated. That saw deserves a place of honor in your till.
Ouch, Mark!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 05-16-2016 11:04 AM

Ed, I love to read or hear stories like yours. You made me think on whether I had such a story of my own. I probably do, though none come to mind this early in my effort to achieve early morning sentience.

As for tools that bit (feel bad for you Mark!) the one that comes to mind first is the antique folding draw knife that drew first blood in the sharpening process—I may have posted the gruesome finger tip pic here when it happened. I swear, it vampiric. ;)

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