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Blog series by Dorje updated 02-04-2008 09:55 AM 3 parts 30779 reads 45 comments total

Part 1: Better Scraper Tuning

12-30-2007 07:57 AM by Dorje | 17 comments »

Just responded to a post with the following, but thought I’d add it to my blog too: I finally got great results out of my scrapers – for fine work… Even though I was honing up to 6000 (waterstones) on the sides and edges of my scrapers, I was burnishing with a HSS round stock turning gouge that seemed pretty hard and smooth to me…(I’ve been too cheap to buy a “real” burnisher). Well, it had been tearing the softer steel that I had honed fine,...

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Part 2: Learning to Sharpen Saws

01-28-2008 09:50 AM by Dorje | 18 comments »

I’ve been wanting to add a few saws to the “toolbox.” And, rather than spend a bunch of dough, I thought that I’d try to refurbish some used backsaws. Though I will more than likely purchase a couple older Disston or other manufacturer tenon saws, in the 12” range, I though I’d try my hand at learning to sharpen on a couple 10” backsaws with turned handles that I already have. The only functional western style backsaw I own (aside from a flush cu...

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Part 3: Saw Sharpening Pt.2

02-04-2008 09:55 AM by Dorje | 10 comments »

Got back out to the shop and made the little guide blocks as seen in the Vintage Saws site tutorial. The use of the blocks really did help to maintain the rake angle and give you something to hold on to when filing. I continued to file all the teeth from one side until they all had a uniform shape. After the teeth were shaped, I set them using a standard set with a range of 4-12 TPI settings. I used a set similar to this one: I jointed lightly once again and filed t...

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