What Is A Crosscut Saw? What Is A Crosscut Saw Used For?

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In the traditional sense, a Crosscut Saw is a hand saw used for cutting across the grain when cutting a piece of wood.

This is achieved by the Crosscut Saw blade having a special array of teeth which compliment the cutting across the grain.

The teeth setup on a Crosscut Saw are effectively a series of knives. The teeth work by rapidly cutting and severing the wood fibres with the sharp points.

The teeth on a crosscut saw have an angle of 75 degrees on the front side of the tooth. The teeth are also bevelled on both sides of the tooth in order to give the teeth points a super sharp point.

The final part of a crosscut tooth setup is the teeth are set where each tooth is splayed outwards (Kerf) to give the thickness of cut. This is achieved with the use of a sawset tool.

Traditionally crosscut hand saws were made with a blade length of beteween 16" - 26" and with somewhere between 5 - 12 teeth per inch (TPI).

old crosscut saw

Finer versions of this saw are classed as 'Panel Saws', see 'What Is A Panel Saw?' for more details.

With modern hand saws such as those made by Thomas Flinn (Sheffield), it is possible to buy a Crosscut Saw with any blade length 20" - 26".

A traditional Western Crosscut Saw is used by initially using quick, short cuts to create the beginning groove and then gradually taking longer and longer strokes, cutting on the push stroke.

Crosscut teeth can also be found on Dovetail Saws and Tenon Saws.

There are also Japanese Crosscut Saws which work on the pull stroke.

Crosscut Saw Manufacturers:

There have been a number of crosscut saw makers in the past, with a few present makers. Below are a list of a few well known crosscut saw manufacturers:

New Crosscut Saw Makers:


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