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

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Blog entry by Brit posted 06-04-2013 01:03 AM 15405 reads 75 times favorited 115 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.

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.

Now here’s the video. Enjoy!
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-- https://www.clickasnap.com/Andy61 - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 06-04-2013 01:07 AM

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 06-04-2013 01:09 AM

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 06-04-2013 02:16 AM

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

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 06-04-2013 02:20 AM

^^ +2

Woohoo, thanks Andy.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 06-04-2013 03:01 AM

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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#6 posted 06-04-2013 03:27 AM

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

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#7 posted 06-04-2013 04:13 AM

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, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#8 posted 06-04-2013 10:39 AM

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.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#9 posted 06-04-2013 10:39 AM

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.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#10 posted 06-04-2013 12:39 PM

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.

-- Something, something, something.

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Brit

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#11 posted 06-04-2013 01:00 PM

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)

-- https://www.clickasnap.com/Andy61 - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#12 posted 06-04-2013 01:22 PM

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 06-04-2013 01:28 PM

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.

-- https://www.clickasnap.com/Andy61 - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#14 posted 06-04-2013 01:40 PM

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 06-04-2013 01:43 PM

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.

-- https://www.clickasnap.com/Andy61 - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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