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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 02-26-2017 12:59 AM 831 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Replication in a Cold Dark Shop Part 3 of • Lynnsay's Prie Dieu series Part 4: Mortise and Tenon Joints »

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!
 
 
 
Follow my progress with the links below:
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
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #6: Slight Detour
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #7: All the Single Pieces
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #8: The Kneeling Platform
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #9: Mitred Breadboards
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #10: Dovetails
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #11: Edge Moulding
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #12: Three in One
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #13: It Is Finish

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.



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Gingzillaman

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#1 posted 02-26-2017 01:15 AM

Very nice work! I have a fair collection of saws that I need to do a full tune up on and that saw vise looks like quite the ticket! I have an old cast one that is okay but leaves something to be desired.

-- Jeremy from Janesville, WI

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 02-26-2017 01:20 AM

Thanks, Jeremy! Perhaps I’ll put the saw vise up as a project, with more detailed photos. I made it about five years ago. Before that, I just used two strips of wood in the leg vise … the older I get the less I like to bend over. LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Kelster58

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#3 posted 02-26-2017 05:11 AM

I can’t cut that straight with my table saw and a new blade. I enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing your talent and teaching me about the other ways to work with wood.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 02-26-2017 11:35 AM



I can’ t cut that straight with my table saw and a new blade. I enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing your talent and teaching me about the other ways to work with wood.

- Kelster58

Thanks!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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