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Saw Talk #28: Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video

06-04-2013 01:03 AM by Brit | 121 comments »

Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bit of...

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Saw Talk #10: Hand Shaping and Sharpening the Teeth on a Backsaw

03-23-2012 01:44 AM by Brit | 64 comments »

You know I said at the end of my last post that I’d post a picture of each saw and tell you how I was going to sharpen them and why? Well I lied. :-) The temptation of my restored backsaws, a saw vise and a bundle of saw files was just too much. I had to sharpen a saw, but which one? I thought about it for a while and settled on the little Spear & Jackson 8” Dovetail saw. Remember this one? I chose it for two reasons: For a dovetail saw, the depth of cut is quite big at 50mm. ...

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Saw Talk #11: More Thoughts on Sharpening Backsaws

04-05-2012 11:48 PM by Brit | 56 comments »

I’ve been hesitating to post this entry on my Saw Talk blog series, basically because I don’t feel I’ve sharpened enough saws yet to make any recommendations to others. Instead, I thought I would take the opportunity to point you to some websites that I have found helpful. I have read most of the information available on the web on this subject and the links below are what I consider to be the best information for those new to sharpening. If you are serious about finding out about this subjec...

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Saw Talk #9: Making a Saw Vise

03-18-2012 05:16 PM by Brit | 52 comments »

When I did my research, I found a number of good saw vise designs on the web. Some were simple, whilst others were more complex. The fundamental requirement of a saw vise is that it clamps a saw securely while you sharpen it, everything else is just icing. So it can be as simple as sandwiching the saw plate between two pieces of wood in a vise on your bench. Last December, I had the privilege of attending a saw sharpening class with Paul Sellers at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales. At the beginn...

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Saw Talk #6: Cowell and Chapman 14" Backsaw Restoration

02-26-2012 01:01 PM by Brit | 45 comments »

2012 is a big year for Britain. Not only are we hosting the Olympics, but we’re also celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. It’s Her Majesty’s diamond jubilee. Even my wife is organizing a street party for around 200 residents and I’ve been roped into building all kinds of weird and wonderful things for the day. Yes folks, marquees will be erected, brass bands will strike up, flags will be waved and I’m sure we’ll all feel very patriotic by the end o...

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Saw Talk #25: So what have I learnt and has it all been worth it?

02-10-2013 05:34 PM by Brit | 42 comments »

When I sat down to write this blog, my PC was asleep. I pressed a key and it immediately sprang into life so that I could begin typing. I tend to write my blogs in MS Word before pasting them into LJs and as I type, I receive feedback on my grammar and spelling and change my text accordingly. Hand tools are no different to MS Word really. Lying on a bench or hanging in a tool cabinet, they are nothing more than inanimate objects. Pick them up and use them for their intended purpose and they p...

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Saw Talk #21: What the heck is a sash saw?

08-08-2012 09:43 PM by Brit | 36 comments »

I don’t mind admitting that sash saws confuse me. I’m not talking about the word ‘sash’. Obviously in days gone by, this type/size of backsaw was used to make sash windows and the name stuck. What confuses me is whether it is the length of the saw that defines it as a sash saw or the way it is filed. When I’m confused about hand tools, I turn to the people I respect in the hand tool world and when it comes to saws those people are Joel Moskowitz, Matt Cianci, and Mark Harrell. The excerpt...

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Saw Talk #23: 12" W. Tyzack, Sons & Turner Carcase Saw - Fitting a folded back

01-05-2013 12:21 AM by Brit | 33 comments »

Have you missed me? Sorry for leaving you hanging for so long, but work was a bit manic leading up to Christmas. Now where was I? Oh yeah, I was just about to sharpen the last of my crosscut backsaws, a 12” carcase saw made by W. Tyzack, Sons & Turner. I restored this saw in part 1 of this blog series. It had a number of issues and honestly, it still has a few of them. 1) The plate was heavily pitted in places.2) The plate had a wave in it. 3) The spine was bent.4) ...

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Early 1840’s Disston Backsaw Restoration

01-04-2015 12:34 AM by summerfi | 32 comments »

Authors: This blog was co-written by Lumberjocks summerfi (Bob Summerfield, saw restorer) and putty (Alan Brough, saw owner).. BackgroundNot long ago, putty posted pictures of an old Disston backsaw on the saw thread (post #8575), asking for advice on whether it could be fixed up, or should he rather buy a new saw. The saw had a crude owner-made handle, but otherwise appeared original. He tentatively dated the saw to the 1840’s based on information he found on the Internet. Further, the sa...

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Saw Talk #3: Spear & Jackson 8" Dovetail Saw Restoration

01-23-2012 02:39 AM by Brit | 31 comments »

Just a quick post to share a lovely little gem that I’ve just finished restoring. This is an 8” dovetail saw, filed 15 TPI rip, made by Spear and Jackson sometime between 1915 and 1925 I think. There’s some minor pitting on both sides of the plate, but nothing that will affect the saw in use. It has a nice thin plate which is just what’s needed in a dovetail saw and a 2” depth of cut. The handle is English beech and very comfortable in the hand. It ...

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