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Forum topic by Karda posted 05-28-2020 10:26 PM 922 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2020 10:26 PM

Hi, I sharpened my very first saw and screwed it but but I don’t know how. The saw is a very old key hole saw. I started filing with the handle on my left and worked from left to right. I didn’t joint the teeth because they were not worn and didn’t need it

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#1 posted 04-13-2021 05:14 PM

A light jointing is very helpful for me when I’m sharpening, not just when I’m trying to reshape the teeth. The little flats on the tips make it easier to gauge whether I’m removing the same amounts from the two teeth I’m filing.

I favor, though there are some who disagree, filing every other gullet, then turning the saw around and filing the ones I missed. This helps me because I’m always focused on the tooth which is bent away from me.

It also looks like you’ve had some variation in angles. Have you considered making a small angle guide block? Halfway down this page:

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#2 posted 04-13-2021 05:36 PM

1. what is/was the tpi of the saw?
2. what size taper file did you use?

It appears from the photos that the file may not have been suited to the tooth configuration of the saw.

That aside, I must agree with Sycamoray (above) that the rake angle looks highly inconsistent from tooth to tooth.

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#3 posted 04-15-2021 11:03 PM

as I look at this job after months, its not so bad needs a couple more passes and jointing, I’ll see what happens. I have seen worse st trys that this. I think I used a 6” slim

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#4 posted 04-16-2021 02:50 AM

Don’t feel bad. I have never sharpened a hand saw, and if mine ever need sharpening (which I’m sure they do!) I’ll be taking them to someone who knows how. I have enough on my plate as it is.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 04-16-2021 04:56 AM

yea it is a lot but you don’t need to do it often once you learn how

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#6 posted 04-16-2021 01:52 PM

A sawset is also a good piece of equipment to have. I use to teach my students how to sharpen hand saws because all of the abuse they got it was necessary. The sawset was very useful for resetting the teeth. I wasn’t about to sharpen 20 hand saws twice a year by myself and it was useful information for the students when they retire and start woodworking as a hobby.

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#7 posted 04-16-2021 04:03 PM

yea it is good to know, I looked at the prices service and figured to sharpen any of my saws it would cost me 150.00 jut to have one sharpened then there is shipping to and from, that is a lot. Another reason is sharpening hand saw by hand is a diying art

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#8 posted 04-21-2021 04:11 AM

Sharpening a handsaw requires a skill that can be gained through lots of practice. Like anything, “practice makes perfect”. I guess young people today just don’t have the patience to master a skill.

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