Handsaw Essentials – Last Weekend

Last weekend, I journeyed over to Port Townsend to take Handsaw Essentials.  This was a great opportunity for me to get my new mitre box saw sharpened since one of the options for the class was to sharpen/restore a saw.
The tooth line on the blade is about 27″ long.  Thaaaat should give me some practice.  So I started out by putting my saw in Jim’s cool but easy to make saw vise written about in his “The New Traditional Woodworker” book.  This vise was plenty long enough to handle my blade entirely.

Then I jointed the tooth line with a file and started reshaping teeth by filing perpendicular to the blade.

Once the teeth were established I started to put in a 9 degree rake to the teeth using a saw file guide.

After that I put a slight set on the teeth (.2) since this saw will have a lot of teeth in the wood at the same time.

Lastly, I added fleam at a 20 degree angle (see the red lines on Jim’s saw vise) with a slight upward motion to allow all the saw dust from all those teeth in the wood to escape (this is probably some what unique to a mitre box saw).

Jim had a couple of suggestions if you wanted to retooth and demonstrated using a sawzall blade to use if you wanted to make the same number of teeth (7 points per inch for example).  Saw files are available at amazon.com.

Good saw sharpening links:

Saw Filing Guide

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2 Responses to Handsaw Essentials – Last Weekend

  1. Sounds like a great class Marilyn! I found some re-toothing templates on the Norse Woodsmith blog that I'm using as a guide for tooth spacing on a sawplate I'm working on.Were there any suggestions on lubricating the files? Mine seemed to dull really quickly — they were Grobet from vintagesaws.com.

  2. It makes total sense that you would use a lubricant, but I've never seen anyone use it. The attitude about saw files seems to be that they're cheap so buy a giant pack of Grobet from Amazon and go for it. The most critical part of the file, according to Mr. Wenzloff is the peak of the triangle since they wear out faster than the sides.I'd forgotten about the Norse site template. Thanks for the reminder. Link here so I don't forget again -> http://norsewoodsmith.com/content/sharpening-continued

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