Bad Axe 18" Roubo Beastmaster Saw


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Introducing the 18" Roubo Beastmaster Saw, the ultimate tool for crafting a Roubo workbench or engaging in timber-framing projects. This saw is specifically designed to meet the demands of deep cuts with exceptional precision, making it a must-have for woodworking enthusiasts. Let's explore its impressive features:

The 18" Roubo Beastmaster Saw is a rugged timber-framer's saw designed for demanding requirements. It has a .0315-thick sawplate filed 9 ppi rip--a coarse filing intended to hog out a deep cut without sacrificing the kind of precision you'll want when crafting a mortise & tenon joint. While its primary strength lies in working with species like Southern Yellow Pine and Doug Fir commonly found in timber framing, it also excels in cutting hardwoods.

This dedicated ripping saw goes above and beyond by incorporating five degrees of fleam to the teeth, enabling you to effortlessly make occasional crosscuts for tenon shoulders. This added versatility ensures smooth and accurate cuts in various woodworking applications.

Designed with a full five inches of clearance below the back, the 18" Roubo Beastmaster Saw is perfectly suited for building a Roubo workbench in its classic design. Its exceptional depth allows for the construction of double sliding dovetail tenon joints that penetrate through a massive 5" thick benchtop, ensuring unparalleled stability and strength.

Experience the unrivaled performance, precision, and reliability of a tool designed to be the master of its domain.

  • 9 ppi (Pitch per Inch)
  • Filed Rip
  • Plate Thickness .0315"
  • Kerf of .045"
  • Depth of cut 5"
  • Perfect for building Roubo Workbenches, Timber Framing, Large-scale Projects
  • Great for cutting Tenon and Mortise Joints in thick green lumber

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"
  • “I have to say I'm blown away with my new Beast Master of a saw. It cuts like a dream. I've included pictures of my first joint cut with it: a couple of large rising dovetails as seen on Roubo's famous bench cut into a 10 cm thick slab of old growth Formosan pine. This warm up project has me hungry for more. I'm confident that with this awesome tool, I'll be able to take on even bigger thicker slabs of wood. Thanks again!!!”— David LaBolle, Pingtung, Taiwan

  • “This saw works wonders! As a professional woodworker who uses only reclaimed wood, I rarely have the opportunity to select my stock, so I longed for a saw that could handle different depths of cut. I needed a saw that was thick, straight and sharp and Mark's Beastmaster was the one. I am now able to easily work with many more types of reclaimed wood. With 5 full inches under the back, it handles just about anything I throw at it. I have a hard time putting this saw down because it can rip and crosscut better then any other saw I have used. It truly is the go-to saw for all my projects. The Beastmaster is big, but the shadow it casts on the wall in my shop is even bigger. Mark definitely built a custom saw to fit my needs. As an added bonus, I build custom furniture and have learned to truly value the personal relationship between client and customer. Mark's professionalism is top notch. Mark, you have once again resurrected western style saws for me. They are a pleasure to hold, own and take pride in, and I thank you. You give my craft a new meaning and I look forward to getting in the shop and creating some dust.” — Custom Furniture Maker Matt Simon, Berthoud, Colorado

  • “I cut out the Roubo dovetail, tenon and shoulder and the cuts were fully five inches down and the saw was an absolute dream to use. I had never cut something that big that was also meant to have some precision to it. Keeping the saw cuts on line was very easy and given that I was cutting five inches across and five inches down, I was very, very impressed with the Beastmaster. If you have big cuts like this and you need to stay on line you would be very hard pressed to find another saw as good. I truly loved using the Beastmaster as it is a true "Manly" saw!” — Fred West, Chester, PA