The Ripsaw

Ripsaws, utilized for cutting along the grain of the wood, will encounter less resistance and thus have bigger and fewer teeth than the crosscut—typically from 5 1/2 to 6 points to the inch. The teeth are slanted at almost 90 degrees so that wood fibers could be ripped as well as cut. For cutting thick stock, a coarser tooth is needed—for thin stock, a fine tooth. Because every tooth rips, no bevel is needed on the edge of the tooth, as it is on the crosscut saw. Carpenters liken the ripsaw with a row of chisels pushing forwards. 

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