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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 07-28-2012 01:31 AM 1411 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Its been about a year since i “blogged” anything but now more than ever im moving toward working on a smaller projects with mostly hand tools. Is Chris goin all galoot on me you ask? Nah but life kinda moves you in certain directions at certain times. Me, im moving into fatherhood. Yup, we got a Babystef on the way so loud screaming machines in the basement aint gonna fly.

Ive been hanging on to a small pile of handsaws that mostly came from my grandfather. Ive had them semi-cleaned up for quite some time but far from dialed in. Ive been lurking over at LJ Brit’s saw sharpening blog tryin to take it all. There’s a boat load of stuff im clueless on still but im willing to learn. This is where you guys come in …. if youre interested of course … give me the dirt on it all … spoon fed style.

Length of Saw’s and that purpose.
Rip file
Crosscut file
PPI
Etc …

Here’s my cache of saws cuz around here …. no pics it didnt happen.


From top to bottom: Disston #7 (10 ppi), Disston D7 (7 ppi), Disston D8 (10ppi)


From top to bottom: Disston D8 (8 ppi), Warrented Superior (5 1/2 ppi)


Top to bottom: Dietrich (4 1/2 ppi), Disston 12 (10 ppi)

-- "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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derosa

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#1 posted 07-28-2012 02:10 AM

Believe it or not power tools aren’t always prone to disturbing the babies, they really can sleep through anything. Most nights having two closed doors and being two rooms away is enough for my daughter to not hear a thing. If the room is too hot or she was hard to put to bed so her sleep is restless then I can forget it. So if you’re in the basement and she’s on the second floor you should be golden. Those restless times have gotten me thinking about handsaws but I’ve managed not to yet so I can’t advise on them; either way congrats on the baby, they’re awesome to make things for and terrific to hold and watch grow.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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jacob34

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#2 posted 07-28-2012 04:16 AM

I haft to agree with derosa my 4 year old sleeps through it and she is one floor up.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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Tedstor

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#3 posted 07-28-2012 10:59 AM

We routinely vaccuum our house while our kids are napping. They never stir.
Nonetheless, handsaws are fun to tune-up and use.

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Don W

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#4 posted 07-28-2012 11:44 AM

Last night was the grandkids second sleep over. My shop is a separate building so I can power up all I want. I’ve still got a rack full of these beauties, some restored some just waiting for me to get another strike of motivation. I’ve found recently the Quiet is more for me than anyone else.

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

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chrisstef

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#5 posted 07-28-2012 12:31 PM

I hear what you guys are sayin and like Don said i think the quiet kind of turns me on too, along with bringing some turn of the century saws back to life. Even if they only end up making a quick cut here and there id like to get this group back into the rotation.

-- "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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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 07-29-2012 02:36 AM

Nice catch!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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489tad

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#7 posted 08-02-2012 10:49 PM

I just saw this. I can’t help to much because I never sharpened a saw. (I can desharpen them). I’d like to give it a try on the bac saw I found. I too checked out Brits blog and I think Lie-Nielsen also has a video that shows how to sharpen a saw. I would practice on the “Warrented Superior” That probably has the least value. I had a local guy sharpen a old Disten Rancher that belonged to my father. It cuts ten times better but I cant tell if it was done properly. Price was right. There also is a saw maker LJ’s mentioned that will sharpen other saws and they do a excellent job. To bad I can’t remember. The name will probably circulate back up in a couple of hours.

A lot might have to do with your wife. Does the noise bother her now while pregnant? If so it might bother Nathan. If he hasn’t arrived yet maybe invite your wife down to the shop and rip some oak? Get the boy used to the sweet sound of woodworking machines. I’m kidding. I would never recommend that!!!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Don W

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#8 posted 08-02-2012 10:58 PM

Here is the guy to have sharpen your saws.

http://lumberjocks.com/need2boat

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

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 08-03-2012 12:23 PM

Dan thats funny man. It doesnt really bother her but my shop is located directly below our living room with only subfloor and hardwood flooring between them i try and be as courteous as one guy can be. I think it would be good to learn how to sharpen a saw just for knowledge sake. Im pretty sure every last one of them is dull. Maybe ill farm out a couple of them, 1 rip, 1 crosscut, and have them professionally sharpened. That should just entice me enough to do it on my own.

Don – always comin through brother. Thanks for the link. BTW – you and your cronies over at HYOD got me hooked on type 11’s … thanks. I just realized i have a #7, 6, and 5 T11.

-- "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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Don W

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#10 posted 08-03-2012 12:29 PM

you guys that are into hand saws should hang out here, http://lumberjocks.com/topics/27984 Joe (need2boat) is a regular along with Andy (Brit). There is a lot of great information passed artound.

Chris, I’ve got a farm fresh type 11 #5 if your looking for another. Its listed here but I always give LJ’s a better deal.

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

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489tad

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#11 posted 08-03-2012 01:10 PM

Chris, the site that I remember is http://badaxetoolworks.com. I think my local guy charged $1.00 per inch. Good luck!
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-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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