The three most popular back saws from Lie Nielsen now feature a slight tapering of the blade from toe to heel. This taper gives you better control over precise cuts. When you reach the gauge line on the front of your timber, the blade is slightly above the line on the back side, which reduces the risk of sawing past your line. You may find that when holding the saw back parallel to the bench the teeth will be giving an upward angled cut enabling faster cuts with less effort. With less material at the toe of the blade the point of balance is moved backwards improving the handling of the saw.
The Tapered Crosscut Saw has a blade of 355mm(14") and thickness of 0.015". It tapers 1/4" along the length of the blade, with a cutting depth of 50mm(2") at the toe and 57mm(2.1/4") at the heel. This design results in a saw that cuts extremely fast and precisely, leaving an excellent surface finish. Teeth are filed crosscut, 13tpi, set at 0.003" per side. Overall length, including handle, is 482mm(19") Overall height is 125mm(5").
|Blade Thickness||0.38 mm|
|Blade Width||57 mm, tapering to 50 mm at the toe|
5 July 2017
Good saw - not well setUsual Lie Nielsen quality and build. However, the set on the saw was well over the 3 thou specified. It was more like 6 though each side - on a 15 thou blade that is really loose. Also fairly inconsistent set down the blade. Not my usual experience with Lie Nielsen. Now I have stoned the blade it is fine. I am loving the thin plate although beware it is thin. I also have found the handle quite small. I have wrapped mine in tape to bulk it out a bit.