Author Warren Miller
Published by USDA, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center, Missoula, MT
Summary The Crosscut Saw Manual is a publication written by Warren Miller to instruct people on how to use and maintain a crosscut saw. He goes over the anatomy of a crosscut saw: different tooth patterns, numbers of handles, and straight and tapered. The different types of cuts produced by various saws are also explained. He details the different parts of a vise, and then elaborates on how to file a saw. Lastly, Warren Miller explains hwo to test a saw, choose a saw, and how to properly use it.
I give this book 10 out of 10 acorns for its sheer quality.
The Cross Cut Saw Manual was written by Warren Miller, a retired Forest Ranger in 1977 when chainsaws started to be small enough so that the cross cut saw was almost entirely replaced. The purpose for his book, a publication of the US Forest Service that is free in print, and as a download; was so the once common knowledge of its history, use, and maintenance, and how to store such a simple saw; was not lost forever. To that end, we as a society are fortunate he took on such an endeavor.
This book would be important for anyone who loves forestry, and who is intimidated by the sound, weight, expense, stench, and cost of a chainsaw. Myself, I have used chainsaws extensively, and consider it an extension of my right hand, and yet love this book. Other people who would like this book are survivalists, firewood producers, and people who wish to be well prepared for future events.
What I especially love about this book is how Miller used homemade jigs, to show techniques to maintain cross cut saws. In short, no where in this book are skills beyond what people can do. Even better, the knowledge gained can be put to use for other types of saws since the geometry of cutting is primarily the same. If there is anything I dislike about this book, is that he might have failed to point out how paraffin wax can often keep tree resin from building up upon the blade and make slicing through wood easier, but such a small omission is hardly worth mentioning, that is how well thought out this book is.
At 26 pages, it is not a long read, and probably should not be read from cover to cover as a normal book should. Rather it should be used to go to the chapters that are needed as times arise for the information. It is concise, and a reference book, like the notes jotted down by your Great grandfather telling you how to use, maintain, and store the fabled cross cut saw. For people who love the cross cut saw, or have thought about owning one, this book is a gift from previous generations.
Thank you Forest Ranger Miller, the cross cut saw is indeed your legacy.