I use two boards to clamp the saw in the vise, with the tops of the
boards just a tad higher than the bottom of the teeth. When I file
the teeth, it leaves a score mark in the boards. The score marks keep
track of what teeth have been sharpened, so you don't miss one, or do
one twice, or do the wrong tooth. It's also easy to keep the filing
parallel as you go by keeping the score marks parallel. When you do
the other teeth, the score marks are easy to see because they are at
an angle to the first set of teeth.
First path looks like this: / / / / / / ... marks for every other
2nd path looks like this: /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\... easy to see none were
Hope this helps.....
Slick idea. Although I have to admit that I hope I never sharpen
another saw by hand. That's another one of those tasks that I think
I'd rather pay someone else to do any more.
"I'm not exactly burned out, but I'm a little bit scorched and there's some
Tim, I generally agree with you, but I have taken some old saws and
even bad sharpening by me gives me a sharp saw that actually cuts! I
found a small back saw, possibly called a Gentleman's Saw, that no
professional shop would sharpen - too small I guess. The small saw
was really cool, so I did it myself, and it's now the saw of choice
for dovetails and just about anything smaller than a 2x4! I now look
at saw sharpening the same way I do plane blades, or chisels. Or
mowing the lawn. You get a better job, or almost as good, and there
is no waiting or cost.
I picked up a saw vise for $10 a few months ago from here:
This is a small operation and its best to just give them a call and ask
about what you're looking for. I don't think the web site is updated all
that often and it's not really set-up for online commerce.
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