Joinery Bench #5: First time jointing and sharping a hand saw: success! I think

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 12-22-2017 07:34 AM 960 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: saw cleaning Part 5 of Joinery Bench series Part 6: Rip and Crosscut handsaws reshaped and sharpened for use »

Thanks to Brit for his step by step method of sharping hand saws. Has really helped me alot, along with Paul Sellers vids as well.
My Veritas saw jointer and Veritas angle file holder arrived today along with the roll of saw files. Went right to work on a rip saw. This saw is a 5 1/2 PPI and started off with 0 degree rake. I changed to a 7 degree rake. Took about 3 hours as this saw has never been sharpened in 50 years I bet. Next time it should take half of that.
I still have to measure the plate to determine the teeth set angle and do a light re-joint. Already, the teeth are 50 times sharper than when I found this saw. I’m happy. Had to use those jewelry magnification glasses to really see how things were going along.
Also next time, I think I’ll wear gloves. Pushing the file so often does wonders for the palm of the hand and fingers.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 12-22-2017 07:42 AM

Something I need to get serious about learning! Quite the Saw vise.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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