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The Slippery Slope #12: Saw sharpening - mission accomplished.

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 277 days ago 894 reads 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last time we left off i had started to reshape all the teeth on this 20” 10 ppi Disston rip saw. Well, i made it through the reshaping and after vaguely 1500 strokes of the file it was looking much better than before. I ained for zero fleam, zero slope and 8 degrees of rake.

After the initial reshaping the process required setting the teeth, lightly jointing, and then the final sharpening. Being a finer toothed rip saw i gave it very little set. Id tell ya how much but i dont have a micrometer. Basically i went along, following whatever set it had originally and trued every other tooth up, flipped it around, and hit the teeth i skipped over.

Happy with the set i moved on to, once again, jointing the teeth, but not before i ran a small diamond plate along the outside of the newly set teeth. This time i jointed them as light as possible. Just enough to create little shiners on every tooth. I cant stress enough how important making these shiners are. They allow you the ability to create a straight and even tooth line and they also let you know exactly when to stop filing. You stop filing the moment that shiner disappears.

All thats left from here is making your final pass with the file to sharpen the teeth. Like i said above you just want to make those shiners disappear, no more, no less. Some teeth may take 2 strokes, some 6 or 7. Nice light passes. Here’s the final look at the teeth.

Edit – Video added

-- "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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theoldfart

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#1 posted 277 days ago

Stef, great post up until the last pic, visual beer effect?

Oh yeah, unbelievably great job. Getting ready to watch Andy’s video as soon as I finish my last beam.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Don W

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#2 posted 277 days ago

Well done. But still waiting for the money shots.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 277 days ago

Yea ya get some shadows. That and its really hard to get a good up close pic with my phone. In any fashion, im pretty pumped with the results. I appreciate ya takin a look and following along Kevin.

Up next is that 4 1/2 ppi ripper that ive got started.

-- "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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chrisstef

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#4 posted 277 days ago

Im havin trouble uploading from my phone to youtube Don but i just sent it over to the laptop where i should be anle to edit it. Tonight buddy. I promise.

-- "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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#5 posted 277 days ago

I see the confusion. Phones are for calling people. Lap top is where the kids set.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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poopiekat

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#6 posted 277 days ago

Great post, chrisstef!

I’ve been collecting triangular files wherever I see them, used and new. When I can finally find the time to sit down at my saw vise, I’ll see what I can do. I’ve got 18 saws in queue for sharping. Oh, yes, a vintage saw jointer is on its way, too. You’ve inspired me!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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theoldfart

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#7 posted 277 days ago

Really interested in the 4 1/2 rip, got one I found in a box on the side of the road. Warranteed superior guess something of a common persuasion!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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terryR

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#8 posted 277 days ago

Looks good, Stef! Congrats on the first 20”...

Huh? They put cameras on phones now?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Brit

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#9 posted 277 days ago

Don – Stef sent me the money shot movie and its all good.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Don W

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#10 posted 277 days ago

Oh good Andy. I’m glad you’re on top of it. I can sleep tonight!

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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chrisstef

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#11 posted 277 days ago

Figured it out! Get some YouTube! Owned.

-- "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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theoldfart

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#12 posted 277 days ago

Rippin awsome man! Definitely THE money shot, you da man!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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chrisstef

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#13 posted 277 days ago

PK – im glad i could be of inspriation just make sure you’re getting the right taper to the files. Triangular files can be mistaken for tapered saw files. Also, do yourself a favor and watch Andy’s video. Its worth a couple of watches for sure.

Ill be sure to keep all posted and up to date on the next saw sharpening session. Hopefully very soon. Ive still got to tackle cross cut saws. In due time though. Ive got the confidence now!

-- "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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Buckethead

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#14 posted 277 days ago

It’s amazing how well composed you were even when that earthquake struck!

A true professional.

-- Hi. My name is bucket head and I'm a recovering framing carpenter.

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chrisstef

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#15 posted 277 days ago

Lol buckethead. Its got some blair witch to it for sure. I wouldnt suggest it on a full stomach.

Pretty sure a saw bench will be in my near future.

-- "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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