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Posted on 2017 Rip Saw choice

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#1 posted 04-29-2017 11:42 PM

Disston made a line of saws back in the 1930s, called Keystone. There was a “Challenger” model, No. 6-1/2

Straight back, 26” long, and had 5-1/2 points per inch..

Very nice rip saw, easy to sharpen those big teeth. A file can be about any brand you prefer, I use Stanley, a 6” extra slim taper.

I also dug up a handle for the files..

And, I found an old saw vise. Wentworth No. 1

That can either be attached to a dedicated bench, or just attached to a 2×6 scrap and clamped into a vise.
I mentioned I had a second, 6 ppi saw?

Disston No. 7, 6ppi. Sitting in the saw vise as you would when sharpening these teeth..

Neither saw costs all that much. Look for a straight saw plate, a decent handle with out cracks. Handle should feel good in your hand when you pick the saw up. Use a tape measure or ruler, to count the number of teeth points per inch. You can find anywhere from 4 ppi up to a 6 or a 7 for rip saw work. The higher tooth counts are easier to start the cut…..and slower.

You can add a bit of candle wax to the saw plate, to help it slide in the cut easier. Do not get any on the teeth themselves, as it will cause them to retain sawdust…making the saw act dull. Clean,SHARP teeth is what you want.

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