I have amassed quite a collection of handsaws. I have a particular weekness for old Disston saws. If I find one at a flea market and it isn’t just completely eaten up with rust, I just can’t seem to let them pass, especially if I can get them cheap. Anyway, I’ve been on a bit of a tool kick lately in making my own tool handles, including saw handles. Anyway, I was investigating sending some of my saws off to be sharpened. Have you looked into what that costs? For a saw that I paid $10 or less for, it’s pretty hard for me to bring myself to spend $50-$100 to have it sharpened. Anyway, I was doing some research and decided I would try my hand at sharpening my saws myself. I scrounged up a saw filing vise and purchased some triangular tapered files and a saw set (actually several till I found one that I could figure out how to use). I found some very clear instuctions on the Vintage Saws website (http://www.vintagesaws.com/). Anyway, here is my first attempt at sharpening a saw.
I filed this saw in a rip tooth pattern because I plan to use it as a tenon saw. This particular saw was a bit of a challenge because it involved straightening a slight bendin the spine of the saw as well as jointing the teeth prior to filing. Once completed, the saw cuts very well and I now have a good tenon saw. I am very pleased with the way this turned out. My next is to attempt to sharpen a crosscut saw. If I get pretty good at this, maybe this could be the beginning of a new source for income.
-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc