The Crosscut Logging Saw Project



As hinted yesterday I have been working on getting up to speed a One Man Crosscut Logging saw I bought on ebay. I got it for a fair price of around 30 bucks and I knew it would need a little work. I don’t have any experience in filing saws, or anything like that so I knew it would be a good learning experience.


OK so I’m sure you know by now about how I am planning on clearing a lot of woods on my property by hand, and naturally a good logging saw is needed. I first came to this conclusion while at the Ben Falk PDC when I realized that I could actually cut down these trees and that I didn’t need to wait to buy an expensive chainsaw, or have to deal with all the dangers of running a chainsaw. In fact at the PDC I saw a tree cut down with a Fisker pruners. Yes, pruners. It was a 65 year old Sugar Maple tree that was about 25-30 feet tall. I realized at that moment, that anybody can do this, and that unless you were talking about just a massive tree, or one with a lot of dangerous conditions (dead, dying, loose branches, vines) it would be relatively easy, and even relatively safe.

After returning from the PDC I bought the best bow saw that I could find and the Husqvarna Multi-Purpose Forest Axe to start clearing brush and small trees. In fact I had every intention of clearing most of the small trees with that bow saw. Well after looking around online I came across crosscut (logging) saws. I have already started down the path of antiques and retooling antiques, so naturally this was the match meant to happen.

After looking around I settled on getting a Perforated Lance Toothed saw for pines, and also a Disston Champion toothed saw, for everything else. The pines and softwoods are the main trees that I would be cutting so that has been my focus. After cleaning up this saw I found out that it is a Dunlap (can’t find many of these on ebay/online).


I knew there would be quite a few things that I would need to recondition a saw from scratch. I would need to remove any rust, joint (level) the teeth, file and shape the rakers, file the teeth and then set the teeth. To remove the rust I decided to go with building a electrolysis setup. I needed to buy a vintage crosscut gauge tool that could handle all of the various aspects of tuning the saw and I would need a set of files.

I ended up buying a handful of files (some of which still aren’t here…) and a Simonds no 342 gauge, the box with instructions! I paid a good penny for this antique, but this heirloom will be passed on for generations to come.

On To The Pictures!

I borrowed my uncle’s battery charger since I currently don’t have one, and I put the saw in an electrolysis bath of Washing Soda and water. I also put the handle’s various metal pieces in an electrolysis bath and then eventually in a vinegar solution to try and “quench” the steel.


Looks terrible for metal right? Wrong, its removing all the rust.

All the ingredients you need.


Trickle chargin’ the saw.










Scrubbing off all the gunk.




Adding boiled linseed oil to the saw.

I then covered the saw in boiled linseed oil to protect the metal, I realize now that I needed to put a much thinner coat on it, but that doesn’t really matter too much.


Looks damn good if I may say so myself. It came in rusted as heck.



Incredible quality and looks for a tool roughly 100 years old.


Jointing along. I actually should have gotten more aggressive with the jointing, oh well next time.








One Side.


Both sides.


Sadly I don’t have any pictures of me using the saw yet, but I did try it out and man its nice. As of writing this on the 5th of November, I still need to set the teeth, but I have filed them all after a few hours of work. I think I need to go back to the shop and change a few things because according to online the rakers might still be a little long because the saw “dust” that comes out is supposed to be a bit longer. There are some good pieces that are coming out, but most of it is dust. However, I have to say it cuts very very nicely, compared to the Disston I got (hadn’t worked on it yet) it cuts like butter. In fact while I was cutting on some wood I kind of floated my hands and just let the saw do all the moving and man it was cutting without any pressure what so ever. Once I start taking down the trees, I’ll have to upload a few videos and pictures of the saw in full action.

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