Limited Edition Bench Crosscut Saw (Pacific Yew)
For the discriminating woodworker who appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship of a saw handle crafted from unique species of select woods, I offer my Bench Crosscut Saw in a Limited Edition series. These saws have the same design and specifications as my Professional Bench Crosscut Saw only the handle is custom made from a select species of figured wood.
I love figured wood and I am always looking for pieces that will make stunning saw handles. When I find a perfect piece of wood I create the handle from rough to finished. Grain orientation is critical for strength, particularly in the narrow neck. Since figured wood often has numerous flaws I have to carefully layout the handles to get the best yield.
This is a custom made, one of a kind saw. An heirloom worthy to pass on for generations. The picture is the actual saw you are purchasing. Once it is sold - it is gone.
This handle is crafted from a unique piece of Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia), also known as Oregon Yew. Native to the Pacific Northwest, the sapwood is usually a thin band of pale yellow or tan color, while the heartwood is an orangish brown, sometimes with a darker brown or purplish hue. Color tends to darken with age. Pacific Yew is very durable in regard to decay resistance and finishes with a high luste
Both of my crosscut saws are specialized for crosscutting applications. My Bench Crosscut Saw is designed for general crosscutting while my Joinery Crosscut Saw is designed for making finished, ready-to-glue joinery cuts.
I designed my Bench Crosscut Saw with a hefty .025" thick blade, aggressive 13 tpi teeth filed crosscut, and a minimal .002 inch set per side. The teeth, formed with a diamond-saw, slice cleanly and precisely through cross-grain wood fibers.
The minimal set creates a small kerf that guides the saw straight in the crosscut while the shallow 2 inch depth of blade (tooth-line to brass back) helps with stability while sawing to a line. The pistol grip handle conforms to your hand for a perfect, repeatable fit every time.
Size. Overall length (Toe to handle tip): 15-7/8 inches. Blade length (Toe to heal): 11 inches. Depth of blade under the back: 2 inches.
Weight: 570 grams (20.1 oz).
Blade. Made from .025 thick, spring steel.
Tooth Geometry. Filed crosscut at 13 teeth per inch (TPI) and a 0 degree tooth rake.
Set. Unlike most saw manufacturers who stamp out their saw teeth, leaving "dimples" in the blade, we individually cut out each of our saw teeth with a diamond saw. This allows us to maintain a very slight set of only .002 inch (per side), since we don't introduce that "dimple" onto the blade. This slight set produces a narrow .029 inch kerf that eliminates slop allowing the saw blade to accurately track in the saw kerf resulting in dead straight saw cuts with smooth ready to glue surfaces.
Brass Back: The brass back is 1/4″ thick x 15/16″ wide and is secured to the blade with peened and flushed copper pins. Not only does the brass look wonderful it imparts extra weight to the saw providing you a better balanced saw. This enables the saw to do the cutting work and helps you "feel" perpendicular.
Handle. Each of our "pistol grip" handles have memory enhancing carved finger recesses for a perfect and comfortable fit. A pair of brass split nuts secures the handle to the blade and the brass back.
Handle Size & Determining your Size: Our handles come in two sizes: Regular and Large. Please refer to the picture above showing how to measure your hand and determine what size handle is correct for you size hand.