Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'saw file'

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Millers Falls No. 1816 Mitre Box Rehab #3: Refresh the saw, call it done...

11-19-2021 11:51 PM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Time to get the Olde Wentworth No.1 down off the the shelf…clean it up, and set it into the end vise…ready for work… Had a 4” XXSlim file…needed a handle drove onto it…saves the hand, that way…. just 3 strokes, straight across, per tooth….work from back at the heel, all the way to the toe.. Most of the gullets were simply full of..crud…had to slide the saw back a bit…did not really take all that long. Had done a test driv...

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Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #13: Saw jointer handle

03-16-2019 07:28 PM by Bill Berklich | 2 comments »

Knocked out a second small project for the Swap to go with the Split Nut Screwdriver, a Saw Jointer Handle. Generally the antique Stanley’s are in steel. This one is Osage Orange starting with a 1.5” x 1.5” x 12” chunk I cut squared and scraped a blank. Then it was a matter of cutting a relief file and clearence for the saw. Then I installed a brass insert (I’d go steel next time). Some sanding and some poly A small brass thumb scr...

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My First Hand Saw Overhaul #3: Picking my Teeth (or Selecting a Tooth Geometry) and File Types

02-14-2016 05:13 AM by DylanC | 2 comments »

I thought I might share how I decided on the tooth geometry and file type for this overhaul. One of the reasons I’m getting into hand tools is because of Paul Sellers and his videos. In one of those videos (see it here), Paul recommends that beginners with only a single saw choose a 12 or 14-inch saw set up with a rip-type tooth shape, a progressive rake angle starting at 15 degrees and progressing to 0 degrees, and roughly 11-12 ppi. Shannon Rogers (The Renaissance Woodworker) tak...

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Saw Talk #29: Holtzapffel Saw File Handle Dimensions

08-08-2013 10:51 PM by Brit | 17 comments »

Just a quick post for you guys out there with a lathe. Since posting my saw sharpening video in Saw Talk #28, I’ve had a few enquiries about the saw file handles I use. I get them from an online retailer here in the UK and as far as I know they aren’t available anywhere else. That means that if you don’t live in the UK, shipping can be a bit prohibitive. So here are the dimensions (in millimetres I’m afraid) for anyone who is handy with a lathe. They are are a ̵...

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Misc. Shop Stuff #25: Saw Files

07-07-2013 06:37 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 15 comments »

There has been a great deal of chatter across the interweb on saw files, or the lack thereof, and if nothing else it’s heightened my awareness as I look through rust piles at fleas, auctions, etc. Yesterday I stopped at what otherwise is a regular haunt to find an irregular site: Bins containing saw files marked $1, $2, $3 etc based on length. Well, I bunched up all the Keen Kutter files in whatever bin had them, then rounded out the search will files marked Nicholson USA and even a ...

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Saw Talk #14: Disston No.5 - Sharpened and tested

06-23-2012 06:38 PM by Brit | 26 comments »

Have you ever thought about why some saw makers add negative rake to the teeth of their rip saws? I have, but when I was drawing a 12 TPI template in Sketchup to re-tooth my Disston No.5 carcass saw, I realized that adding a touch of rake actually increases the volume of space between the teeth. If you look at a section through a saw file, you’ll see that you have an equilateral triangle (ignoring the rounded corners that define the gullets) and we know that the three angles of a triangle ...

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Hand saw sharpening #1: Saw file holder - Jointer / Edger

03-15-2012 06:22 PM by mafe | 22 comments »

Saw file holderJointer / Edger After watching our LJ friend Brit ’s (Andy) blog about saws where he makes a file holder and show a picture of an old ‘topping clamp’ in the comments, I fell in love with the simplicity of the old one and so decided to make one today. It took an hour and works perfectly well.Andy was concerned that the wedge could work its way out so I made it extra low, 3 degrees. The stuff.A file, a piece of wonderful dark hard wood, I believe it...

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Tool Tweaks #2: Learning to Sharpen Saws

01-28-2008 09:50 AM by Dorje | 18 comments »

I’ve been wanting to add a few saws to the “toolbox.” And, rather than spend a bunch of dough, I thought that I’d try to refurbish some used backsaws. Though I will more than likely purchase a couple older Disston or other manufacturer tenon saws, in the 12” range, I though I’d try my hand at learning to sharpen on a couple 10” backsaws with turned handles that I already have. The only functional western style backsaw I own (aside from a flush cu...

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