Saw sharpening

I have a general hand wood saw and is there a way of sharpening it or do I throw it away and buy a new one
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On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 23:33:20 -0000, "David Gethin"

If you decide to buy a new one, keep the old metal for making tools (scrapers, knives, etc.).
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On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 23:33:20 -0000, "David Gethin"

Here's one of the best guides around http://www.vintagesaws.com/library/primer/sharp.html
I don't know "General" brand. But modern saws are induction hardened (the tips of the teeth are dark) and can't be sharpened. OTOH, one of these saws costs about the same as a saw file, and you can give the remaining steel to BAD to make a cabinet scraper from.
Sharpening an old saw takes a while, but it isn't really that hard, and it's nice to make a real nasty old wreck cut well again.
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Except the ones that aren't (most).
OTOH, one of

Mighty high priced files your buying.
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That depends on what your saw is worth. If it's relatively new and you can replace it with the same thing at a lesser cost than sharpening, then buy a new one. If the saw is old then it's a more difficult to say. Your saw could be worth quite a bit more than a new saw or the cost to sharpen it. If you post some details about your saw (mfgr, approx age, length, TPI, etc) then others here with more knowledge than I can give you some direction.
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It will do a better job of cutting than it did new if it can be sharpened. You can also buy Disston saws on E-bay for a few dollars. I have three saws that cost less than $15 a piece including shipping charges. I assure you that if you have one of those sharpened and properly set, it will do a great job. I've learned to sharpen and set my own. It is satisfying to take an old tool and make it good again. :-)

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