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Forum topic by BrindleDog posted 10-21-2021 02:35 PM 295 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2021 02:35 PM

I have a few crosscut saws that need restoration. I’ve seen the us forest service guide to crosscut sharpening but wondered if anyone could help clarify and simplify the process for me or link me to some good tutorials. I saw wood by Wright had a pretty good video. I know I need to joint the teeth/rakers but I don’t know if these jointer tools are universal or if I need a specific type. Also wondering about the setting the teeth and whether I need a setting tool or spider or just a hammer to adjust them properly. Basically want a simple kit to get started. Also wondering how much the grind of the saw plate impacts performance or if someone like myself would even notice a difference considering I don’t have experience using these saws. Do you really need to take a micrometer to the saw, or will any old freshly sharpened and set warranted superior saw cut well enough for a newb who’s is basically playing with these tools. Writing on my phone so excuse the brief and vague post. Thanks for any guidance.

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#1 posted 10-21-2021 03:07 PM

Brindle Dog, This is the setup I use. I set the teeth with a Stanley 43 saw set and set raker height with an old Simonds raker gage. My files are a round back “knife” file and a flat triangle file. It’s really quick and easy. I keep 6 of these saws in use! For some jobs in the forest these saws are faster than a chainsaw.
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#2 posted 10-21-2021 10:09 PM

Search Amazon for a book by Harold Payson 9n handsaw sharpening. Really more of a pamphlet or very thin paperback. Excellent resource. Also look for DVD by Tom Law.

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#3 posted 10-22-2021 03:44 PM

This is a good manual for tooth angles. Lots of good information.

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