Saw Talk #24: What's taking me so long to finish this blog series...?

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Blog entry by Brit posted 01-25-2013 01:30 AM 4126 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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... In a word – INDECISION.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the best way to bring this Saw Talk blog series to a close and I’ve now decided that I’m going to do two more posts.

In the next post I will share what I’ve learnt and some conclusions I’ve come to regarding sharpening saws. The final episode will take me a bit longer however, because I would like to post an in-depth video tutorial on saw sharpening. It will be quite long because I want to show both the theory and a number of practical examples/alternative approaches. To my knowledge there isn’t anything like what I have in mind, offered for free on the web.

I want to go to the trouble of making this video for the following two reasons:

  1. I feel as though I’ve learnt so much that it would be wrong of me not to share it with the rest of you guys.
  2. The more I’ve learnt about saws and saw sharpening, the more passionate I have become about wanting to keep the art alive.

As I said, you might have to bear with me for a bit while I prepare, film and edit the video, but I promise it will be worth the wait.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 01:39 AM


-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 01:50 AM

Andy, the final installment should have a give away of one of your restored saws to one of your loyal blog followers (of course I am talking about giving the saw to me)....that is what I think. It has been good to follow, mostly over my head, but great reading none the less.

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 03:12 AM

Thanks in advance Andy! Will there be a final exam?

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 03:23 AM

Good things are worth waiting for. Thank you Andy! Cant wait to see it!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 01-25-2013 09:49 AM

Looking forward to it Andy!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 01:19 PM

Andy – your blogs, and the attention to detail in them, are legendary. Keep them coming.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 01:22 PM

Ill have my popcorn ready and notebook handy when the video comes out. I might even wire it up to the big screen at the house. Just gotta make sure the wife isnt around, i wouldnt want her falling in love. She’s got a thing for the accent, i guess ;)

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 01:40 PM

This sounds great Andy! I am sure it will be extremely helpful to any of us hand sawyers. Great information as always.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#9 posted 01-25-2013 02:13 PM

Thanks guys. The main reason I wrote this interim post was that by putting it in black and white I’m committing myself to do it. To be perfectly honest I had been selfishly thinking ”Why the hell should I put myself out and go to all that trouble”, but now there’s no going back. I’m sure it will be good for me anyhow. Just hope the weather warms up a bit soon so I can get started.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 02:14 PM

On the plus side, it does give me an excuse to buy another saw with crappy teeth so I can show how to put them right. :o)

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 06:13 PM

Awesome news…although I hate to see this series end! You have shared so much knowledge, and brought info on saws together in one easy place to find! Thanks for teaching yourself…and us! :)

I love your reason #2 for this work…YOU and the gang, have certainly inspired me to seek out forgotten old tools and show them love! You’ve also infected me with a passion for vintage hand saws. To me, it’s an honor to even handle my circa 1890 Harvey Peace P37, or c.1870 T. Shelton & Sons brass backsaw, or a ‘common’ c.1917 Disston steel backsaw. And you can bet I’ll cross cut my bench top to length with Mr Peace instead of a power tool! NOT to prove anything at all…just for a few minutes of enjoyment listening to a long lost saw singing his way through wood fibres. it…

Thank you, Andy! You da’ man!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 01-26-2013 08:25 AM

The series so far has been excellent. I am really looking forward to this next post now that you’ve had our mouths watering.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#13 posted 01-26-2013 06:47 PM

Thank you Andy.

-- ~Tony

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#14 posted 01-26-2013 09:38 PM

I love video’s, Andy just don’t do that weird eyeball thing. That was kinda freaky! JK
Andy we await the masterpiece.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#15 posted 02-03-2013 03:17 AM

Just remember – INDECISION is the key to flexibility. :-)

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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