Uncle Perry's Crosscut Saw Display

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Project by PASs posted 03-28-2014 04:41 PM 2550 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My namesake, Uncle Perry, was a blacksmith, farrier, and general farm equipment repairman for the small town he lived in in Northeast Texas from the 20’s until the early 60’s.
His shop was in the middle of town, right next to the general store.
My father inherited some of his tools, and I inherited them from him.
One of my favorites was his 6 foot Crosscut saw.
It’s big and cumbersome to store and I hated to see it stuck in the back corner of the shop.
So a few days ago I decided to do a quick mount display for it.
I had a flitch of walnut that Botietruck gave me several years ago that seemed suited for the job.
I didn’t do anything to the flitch. I wanted it roughcut and raw.
I drilled a couple of small holes and put two eyebolts into the back and put a couple pieces of tiewire through them. Then a couple of pilot hole in the front and deck screws through existing holes in the ends of the saw into them.
I wanted to hang it across the shop ceiling, but there wasn’t room with the current configuration of stuff hanging there so I put it above the lathe.
There wasn’t a support for the center of the blade so It sagged away from the back more than I wanted so I took a small slab from the same walnut and drilled it loosely onto the front.
At least it’s off the floor, visible to anyone brave/crazy enough to come in the shop, and looks fairly cool.

p.s. My son and I have used the saw and it cuts like a beast, even though it hasn’t been sharpened since about 1955!!

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 05:38 PM


Nice display!

Have you ever thought of sharpening / setting it and try cutting some logs with it?
... getting a helper, of course. Might be a little fun and would give you a little exercise too… :) :)


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#2 posted 03-28-2014 06:04 PM

We did a test cut a few years ago, about a 14” pine log.
We cut through it in a couple of minutes.
Amazing how little effort it took.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of taking a wire brush to the blade to “clean” it up a little and really just destroyed the patina it had from sitting in my uncle’s shop unused for almost 50 years.
By the way, his shop stood for almost 80 years as a bare wood, galvanized roof building.
Of course, it was made entirely of oak he cut and processed himself. He even made his own nails in a nail forge. But that’s a different story.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 05:21 AM


A great story!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 11:44 PM

Holy Moly! I was born in ‘55… lol A nice piece Pete, and story. Nice history tour also, Thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 12:42 PM

Great keepsake Pete and you honored it well with the walnut mounting. I vaguely remember a similar saw on my grandparents farm in Minnesota.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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