Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members –
I finished turning the legs a couple of days ago. I think they turned out quite nicely. If not viewed directly side by side they seem to match well enough. Not bad for a spring pole lathe!
Given the frame members are coming from the same 7/4 cherry board that I took the four turning blanks and the four legs of my Hepplewhite Stand ... I thought perhaps it was time to give my rip saw a little tune-up. I made a few passes with my shop made saw jointer to level out the teeth …
... then placed the saw in my wooden saw vise .
There is really nothing to sharpening a rip saw … you just have to be consistent. Using a slim taper triangular file just file across the teeth keeping one side of the file perpendicular to the saw vise …
... and work your way along the length of the saw. Given that I keep my saws in good working order, I take but two strokes per tooth. The saw jointer leaves a flat area atop each tooth. Your job now is to remove those flat areas … one tooth at a time.
When you reach the end, look for any flat areas you may have missed and remove them. See nothing to it!
So, with a tuned-up rip saw it was back to ripping the frame members. Is it just me or does a freshly sharpened saw seem to cut better?
With not much effort at all I breezed through the three 1-3/4” x 2-3/8” stretchers and the four 1-3/4” x 4” aprons. And look … the sun is still shining… think I’ll clean up!
Next up … mortise and tenon joints to hold all of this together. Thanks for looking … more to come!
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #1: Getting the Jump on Lent
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #2: Replication in a Cold Dark Shop
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #3: Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #4: Mortise and Tenon Joints
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #5: Hollows and Rounds
-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia. Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.