Bad Axe 18″ Large Tenon Saw 11ppi Hybrid Cut – The Beast


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Here’s a big saw for big work, with the balance and grace to handle medium-range requirements as well. It’s a beastly-sized saw, so unimaginatively, they call it The Beast. This saw features a 4.5″ deep x 18″ long premium-grade Swedish spring steel sawplate, a firearms-grade, black-oxided carbon steel back, standard hickory, with optional cherry or walnut handles, and standard brass slotted fasteners with optional black-oxided or niter-blued carbon steel slotted fasteners. Standard filing suitable for most purposes are 10 ppi rip, 11 ppi hybrid, and 11 ppi x-cut.

Mark Harrell’s favorite filing for this saw is 11 ppi hybrid. Whenever he builds a new workbench, he can both rip tenon cheeks and slice off the shoulders in this mode. Hybrid-filing also lets you use your tenon saw as a hand-held miter saw–a great alternative to the constraints of miter boxes with elevator posts which constraint up to a third of a 30″ saw’s utility alone. But hybrid-filing is his personal preference as a woodworker. Mark says “We each possess our own unique style when woodworking, and choose to size, trick out and use our tools in the way that works best for us as individuals–but do consider hybrid-filing–it works out better for the pocketbook, the difference in ripping speed is negligible, and you’ll get just as clean a cross-cut on the end grain as you would with a (slower) saw filed dedicated crosscut”.