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Forum topic by mak posted 02-20-2013 07:59 PM 3219 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2013 07:59 PM

I’m getting ready to cut some large tenons in construction lumber and I’d like to do it with a handsaw. The Lee Valley saws look nice but I don’t want to spend the money right now for both a cross and rip cut saw and I don’t want to dull them on construction lumber. Are there any low cost alternatives that do a decent job? I’ve seen a few Stanley backsaws on Amazon and am wondering if anyone has used them successfully. They appear to be a combination saw so I’m guessing that they don’t excel at either cross or rip cuts but I am wondering if they do an acceptable job at both cuts.

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 08:37 PM

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 10:11 PM

I have one of the wooden handled Stanley backsaws (western grip). It should work fine for construction lumber tenons. It is actually a pretty decent saw.

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 01:06 AM

I have been using a 14in Buck Bros 16pt back saw (with wood handle) from Home Depot for a year and a half. For a cheap saw, it works well, you can see it hanging on my workmate in my workshop picture.

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 05:19 AM

I have been using the black saw that came with the #7 stanley yellow miter box…granted, I sharpened it, but it is my go-to tenon saw, and was my dovetail saw till I got the Veritas Dovetail saw.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 04:21 PM

Also check ebay for a vintage saw, I nabbed a nice vintage Disston back saw a while back I use as a tenon saw for like $40. If you spend a little more than buying the stanley you might be able to get a nice saw that can be a “normal use” saw but not feel bad about abusing it on construction lumber. If it dulls? Hey perfect opportunity to practice your saw sharpening skills!

-- Chris, Long Island

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#6 posted 02-22-2013 04:24 PM

Very cost effective and held in high regard.

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#7 posted 02-22-2013 04:35 PM

I have the same stanley saw as 12strings, but I am in the process of putting a nice handle on it. After a sharpening and new handle, should cut pretty darn nicely.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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