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Forum topic by giser3546 posted 01-24-2016 02:55 AM 1078 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2016 02:55 AM

Thanks to the input from you guys I ended up getting a 48” “Warrented Superior”. From what I can tell its an M set but im not sure. Now I`m looking for the best way to tune and sharpen the thing. Any info will be helpful thanks.

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#1 posted 01-24-2016 06:58 AM

Getting ready to cut some dovetails huh.

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#2 posted 01-24-2016 01:24 PM

this is the method I use.

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#3 posted 01-24-2016 05:25 PM

The Crosscut Saw Filer series that is in the recommended videos when you watch the one in James’s link is pretty good too. It’s not very well edited for Youtube, it skips around and repeats a bit, but has good info.

The trick will be getting enough of the old tools to tune it up with. You can cobble together some or make alternatives for most of them.

You got a nice saw. The steel looks to be in great shape.

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#4 posted 01-24-2016 05:30 PM

Here’s the manual on crosscut saw maintenance.

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#5 posted 01-24-2016 09:26 PM

Saw looks to be a model #400 Champion tooth blade from the Pennsylvania Saw Company, York PA. They did not put a very deep etch on the plate, but you might find some remnant of it if you carefully steel wool the center of the blade. Their saws were 15 gauge straight taper and will need a bit more set than with a ground blade (0.012” – 0.015”). The steel is forgiving and not likely to crack when swaging rakers and setting teeth.

What species of wood will you be bucking?

-- Dan

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#6 posted 01-24-2016 11:41 PM

Hardwoods, cherry when im lucky but oak most often probably.

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#7 posted 01-25-2016 03:05 AM

That will be a good saw for hardwood. Don’t cut the finish height of your rakers any lower than 0.012” though, and don’t buy any filing tools from the Crosscut Saw Company. Get them on Ebay. A good source for saw filing info is:

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