Bad Axe 18" Tenon Saw


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Introducing our 18" Large Tenon Saw, a powerful tool designed to tackle big woodworking projects with finesse and precision. This saw combines balance and grace, making it suitable for medium-range requirements as well. Let's explore its remarkable features:

The 18" Large Tenon Saw boasts an impressive 4.5" deep x 18" long premium-grade Swedish spring steel saw plate, ensuring durability and exceptional performance. Its carbon steel back is coated with a firearms-grade black-oxide finish, adding to its ruggedness. The saw comes with a standard white oak handle, providing a comfortable grip, and there's also the option to upgrade to cherry, walnut, or maple handles for a touch of elegance. 

For this saw, our expert recommendation is the 11 teeth per inch (ppi) hybrid filing. With this versatile filing option, you can effortlessly rip tenon cheeks and slice off shoulders. It also enables you to use the saw as a hand-held miter saw, providing flexibility without the constraints of traditional miter boxes. If you are looking to use this as a shorter miter saw, this saw works perfectly with the Stanley No. 150 miter box and is great space saving investment for those interested in vintage tools.

Now, whether you're building a new workbench, tackling tenon cuts, or working with miter joints, this saw is designed to meet your needs. Enjoy the freedom to customize your tools, all while achieving clean and precise results. Experience the reliability and versatility of our 18" Large Tenon Saw, a trusted companion for demanding woodworking tasks.

  • 11 ppi (Pitch per Inch)
  • Recommended Filing - Hybrid
  • Plate Thickness .025"
  • Kerf of .032"
  • Depth of cut 4 1/2"
  • Perfect for building large pieces or large cuts
  • Great for cutting tenons, miter cuts, and general large joinery

Filing Types: Hybrid filing is a term that refers to a filing pattern used to achieve a balance between two primary cutting techniques: rip cuts and crosscuts.

To achieve clean crosscuts, a specific filing pattern is used on the teeth of the saw. This pattern is designed to slice cleanly through the wood fibers, minimizing tearout.

The crosscut pattern is optimized for cutting across the grain and is adept at reducing tearout. However, it may not be the most efficient for ripping cuts along the grain. On the other hand, the rip cut pattern is optimized for ripping along the grain, making it faster for such cuts but not as effective for crosscuts.

Hybrid filing seeks to combine the benefits of both patterns. It's a compromise between the aggressiveness of rip cuts and the cleanliness of crosscuts. The hybrid pattern is designed to provide a good balance, allowing for relatively fast rip cuts while still maintaining cleaner crosscuts compared to pure rip filing.

Folded Sawback: Delve into the craftsmanship behind our traditional folded sawbacks, a hallmark of excellence that sets Bad Axe's saws apart from the rest. Unlike milled static backs commonly found in mainstream offerings, our folded backs embody a heritage of meticulous artistry and functional superiority.

Crafted through time-honored techniques, our folded backs undergo a precise process, resulting in a seamless, robust construction. This method not only enhances the structural integrity of the saw but also allows for dynamic adjustments and retensioning of the toothline, crucial for maintaining optimal cutting performance over time.

In contrast, milled static backs lack the versatility and resilience of our traditional folded backs. Their uniformity limits the ability to adjust tension, rendering them prone to premature wear and diminishing cutting efficiency, especially under rigorous use.

At Bad Axe, we stand by the enduring tradition of folded sawbacks for their unparalleled durability, versatility, and craftsmanship. Each saw embodies a legacy of excellence, meticulously crafted to deliver precision and reliability for generations to come. Experience the difference that traditional folded backs make in the world of woodworking – where precision meets heritage, and craftsmanship knows no compromise.

Handle: Each Bad Axe handle is meticulously crafted from full-heart quartersawn stock in a selection of premium hardwoods including Cherry, White Oak, Hard Maple, and Walnut.

Why choose quartersawn wood? Despite being the priciest option, quartersawn stock offers unparalleled stability, minimizing the effects of seasonal wood movement that can compromise the accuracy of the saw plate alignment. At Bad Axe, we prioritize the use of quartersawn wood to ensure the longevity and reliability of our handles. All handles are dipped in natural Watco Danish oil with the exception of Walnut, which is dipped in black walnut Watco, followed by Tripoli and finish buffed with carnuba wax.

Furthermore, we are committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. All our handle stock is sourced from a trusted family-owned business known for their sustainable lumber harvesting practices. This partnership, established from the inception of Bad Axe, underscores our dedication to supporting North American hardwoods and promoting eco-conscious manufacturing processes.

Check out our hand size chart and measuring graphic in order to get the best fit on your new saw.

Handle Size Length
Extra Small Less than 3 1/8"
Small 3 1/4" - 3 1/2"
Regular 3 5/8" - 3 7/8"
Large 4" - 4 1/4"
Extra Large More than 4-3/8"