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

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Blog entry by Brit posted 450 days ago 8159 reads 59 times favorited 107 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

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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 wind noise in places and some other background noises courtesy of my neighbours, but hopefully it won’t spoil your enjoyment.

It is best viewed full screen in 1080 high definition with external speakers or headphones. If you have AppleTV, you can play it on the big screen too. Alternatively, if your laptop has an HDMI connector, you can link it directly to your TV using your TV as an external monitor. So pop some corn, grab a cold one and enjoy.

This instructional video has been provided free of charge and I’m not looking to profit personally from it in any way whatsoever. However, every year my local community puts on a charity Christmas carnival, the purpose of which is to raise money for local charities by collecting donations from the general public on the day. If you find the video useful and would like to show your appreciation, please consider making a donation at http://www.highcliffecarnival.org.uk/

When you navigate to the site, you’ll see a link on the left called Make a donation.

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Click that link and it will take you to the Donations page which will explain how you can help us make a difference to people’s lives. At the bottom of the that page is a Donate button.

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Click that button and it will take you through to Paypal where you can make your donation in a secure environment.

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Please give whatever you think is appropriate. 100% of the money you donate will go towards the carnival and help up raise even more money for charity on the day. If you have any questions, post them here and I’ll do my best to answer them. It would also be great to see some photos of the teeth you sharpen. Thank you for your support and good luck with your saw sharpening!

Just in case you don’t know how to play the video below in 1080 HD, click on the video to start it playing, then click the icon that looks like a gear and select 1080 HD. Then click the Full Screen icon in the bottom right corner of the screen as shown below.

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Now here’s the video. Enjoy!
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-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 450 days ago

Whoa, I am going to have to an evening aside. Thanks in advance for the effort and hard work.

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#2 posted 450 days ago

Thank you Andy. You’re the best! Can’t wait to digest this.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 450 days ago

Thanks Andy. I’m with Shane. Going to need room service and order some extra pop corn!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#4 posted 450 days ago

^^ +2

Woohoo, thanks Andy.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Brad

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#5 posted 450 days ago

Well Andy, I’ve enjoyed the first 15 minutes a lot. Your taper ground template explained in 15 seconds what reams of unclear prose haven’t made clear to me over the years. I can’t tell you how much I wish I had this resource available to me when I first started. Looking forward to watching the rest of the video in small, half-hour bites with notepad at hand.

I like the wind in the background, it adds some aural interest. Not that your accent isn’t pleasing, but it never hurts to have local environmental sounds (birds, wind, a wife griping at her husband…) mixed in. I also like your family photo of your backsaws because I think you’ve already introduced me to a bunch of them :)

Very nice production values too there Andy.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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CL810

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#6 posted 450 days ago

Andy, you’re the best! A tip of hat to you!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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WhoMe

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#7 posted 450 days ago

Andy,
Thank you in advance for all your effort creating this video. For me, I am going to have to set aside a couple evenings and re-watch several sections I am sure.
I have not started watching it but I have bookmarked it for when I can.

Thank you again.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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Tugboater78

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#8 posted 449 days ago

Thanks for video in advance, i am currently away from any means to watch it but once im home i will be absorbing all info.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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Tugboater78

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#9 posted 449 days ago

Thanks for video in advance, i am currently away from any means to watch it but once im home i will be absorbing all info.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#10 posted 449 days ago

I for one, am fired up to watch this video Andy. Ill thank you in advance for cramming a bit more information into my bite sized brain. I think I can afford to replace some stuff in there with this new saw sharpening information. Im honestly excited.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Brit

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#11 posted 449 days ago

Thanks for all the great comments guys. I hope you all feel the same after you’ve actually watched it. LOL. I hope it motivates you all to have a go.

I know Smitty will be sharpening a saw or two soon because 109 days ago he said:

Man, Andy, you keep setting the barriers to entry re: saw sharpening, lower and lower… No excuse [not] to do it, and do it well. I’m in. I promise. :-)”

I bet he didn’t think I’d remember that. :o)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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GMatheson

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#12 posted 449 days ago

Great video Andy. I’m a little over halfway through and it looks like I’ll be sharpening quite a few of my saws this summer using your methods. One lesson I really like is how you file new teeth on the plate. I’m looking forward to finishing the video soon.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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Brit

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#13 posted 449 days ago

Thanks Greg!.

I can’t remember who it was now, but somebody asked me to post a video on how I create one of my saw tooth templates for filing new teeth in Sketchup. I haven’t forgotten that I promised to do that, but I decided to make it a separate video which I can assure you won’t be 2+ hours long. I can do that one in the comfort of my hotel room wherever I happen to be.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#14 posted 449 days ago

Andy, thanks for your time and knowledge! I’ve only watched 5 minutes so far…find it very difficult to hit the stop button…very addictive listening to your excited introduction to hand saws!

And you have the most beautiful collection I’ve seen! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Brit

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#15 posted 449 days ago

Thanks Terry. I’ve still got five saws in the ‘To Do’ pile, but I’m going to take my own sweet time with those. It isn’t like I need another saw.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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