Saw Files from the Big Box Stores?

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Forum topic by richardwootton posted 11-22-2013 10:09 PM 1292 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2013 10:09 PM

I picked up an old Harvey W. Peace big rip saw yesterday at the flea market and want to start putting this thing to use. I have watched Paul Seller’s video on saw sharpening and I need to get some saw files, however I would prefer to purchase something locally instead of ordering online. So my question is, are there options for files at the big box stores that can be used as saw files?

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 10:43 PM

shhhh! You trying to start a file war or something? Everybody knows there are no new files worthy of applying to a saw anywhere in the U.S. They’re all trash. Banish the thought from your mind.

Nothing to see here folks just move along now.

(psst! OK, now that they’re gone – go back over to this thread about saws and check out post 4634. Look in the pics, at the background. That’s all I can tell you. And if they ask, I never saw you before in my life.

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#2 posted 11-23-2013 12:54 AM

Joe’s got a good point. I just sharpened my last saw with a rusted saw file I picked up because a few of them were virtually free at a garage sale. It worked great. Probably won’t get a lot of saws sharpened with it, same as the cheap off shored brands the big box stores carry. They’ll still work though as long as you pick one about the right size. Make sure the teeth don’t go more than half way up each face of the file so you can spin the file three times instead of using it all up in one go. The other side of what Joe’s referring to though is the lack of availability of high quality saw files which I get too. Both would be nice.

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#3 posted 11-23-2013 12:58 AM

thanks for sharing that story about your imaginary saw.
after 367 posts, you should know the (unwritten) rules; “no pics—didn’t happen”

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#4 posted 11-23-2013 01:01 AM

never mind!
just saw your pics in a different thread – nice saw

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#5 posted 11-23-2013 01:12 AM

Thanks for the replies fellas. I have been officially called out by the Doc! The pictures are horrible, and I will work on getting it cleaned up best as possible.

I started to do some light sanding on it last night and the etch started to appear, so I decided to stop there before I did any damage to the etch and start in on it with a sanding block.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#6 posted 11-23-2013 01:13 AM

For one saw/one sharpening, I don’t think it matters much. It gets frustrating when you cannot get more than 1-2 full uses from a file edge.

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#7 posted 11-26-2013 05:19 PM

Saw files are considered a consummable. The best ones I know of are made in Sweden. You have to visit a saw sharpening supply to buy them. They are sold by the dozen box for around $30. You need a slim taper file that has a bit more that twice the depth of the saw tooth so you have 6 sharpening surfaces to use. After cleaning up the saw, joint the teeth and set the teeth before sharpening.

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#8 posted 11-26-2013 05:46 PM

“After cleaning up the saw, joint the teeth and set the teeth before sharpening.”

Tried that, now how do I get the groove out of my jointer blades?? ;)

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#9 posted 11-26-2013 08:18 PM

Lee Valley sells Swiss files in a kit along with an angle holder that helps filing crosscut angles. As far as I can tell, nothing of quality in this category is made in the US.

Toolsforworkingwood also sells some nice files.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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