Wow, seems like I do one blog post per year, so … here’s my annual installment. My last post was a bit prophetic, “handsaws in my future”. I had a hunch that this was the direction my shop habits were heading but I wasn’t 100% convinced until now. I like quiet, I like the smell of wood being cut, ive got a 10 month old at home who isn’t the most sound of sleepers, and ive got some “old soul” in me. This leads me on a new journey into making those old handsaws sing again.
With the help of our buddy Andy (Brit) and his “Saw Talk” blog series ill be diving head first into the pool of handsaw sharpening. Ive never sharpened a saw prior to this and was 100% clueless about sharpening prior to reading Andy’s blogs. Ive read each one of his blogs front to back, cover to cover, and in about a months time I think ive amassed enough knowledge to screw things up ;). Not to reiterate what has all ready been written in his blog, ill leave you all to find out what you need for your specific saws. For me, I need to sharpen saws with 4 ppi, 5 1/2 ppi, 8 ppi, 10 ppi, and 12 ppi. A combination of both rip and crosscut saws. But before I can get to sharpening I need some new tools to make all this happen. Shucks, I hate buying new tools.
If you’re slightly interested in this blog then you know that there is some trouble out there in finding good quality saw files. It took me a few weeks but I finally found a local distributor for Simonds files and im expecting a delivery of the files any day now. Along with the files I had to go out and get a proper saw set and I also chose a file holder angle thingy from Veritas. (Real technical terminology there). This will help me to better gauge fleam and rake when sharpening. I also need to make a saw vice to properly hold the saws right around elbow high and a holder for a mill file for jointing the teeth of the saws. For a grand total of around $150 ive got everything I need.
The next step in my slippery slope of hand tools is building the saw vice and the file holder. Ive got all my materials socked away in the shop and im hoping that this week, after the baby is asleep and the house is quiet, ill be building what I need to get the ball rolling as I wait for the delivery of files, saw set, and file holder.
A huge kudos to Andy for detailing his very own adventure into sharpening. You sir have been an inspiration and a valuable asset.
-- "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