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Hand saw sharpening #1: Saw file holder - Jointer / Edger

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-15-2012 06:22 PM 12048 reads 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Saw file holder
Jointer / Edger

After watching our LJ friend Brit ’s (Andy) blog about saws where he makes a file holder and show a picture of an old ‘topping clamp’ in the comments, I fell in love with the simplicity of the old one and so decided to make one today.

It took an hour and works perfectly well.
Andy was concerned that the wedge could work its way out so I made it extra low, 3 degrees.


The stuff.
A file, a piece of wonderful dark hard wood, I believe it is from the Chokolattebollotree (or so) and comes from a shipping cradle, finally also a piece of blonde hardwood (an arm from a trashed parasol).
A typical MaFe project…


Fire up the pipe and then time for some shaves.
OMG that wood smells so wonderful, almost like a tobacco itself.


Straighten one side of the wedge.


With my new tapering jig I make the wedge.


Tralalala.
Now it is possible to mark up the rabbet for the wedge and file.


A cut on the table saw.


One more now on the taper jig to match the wedge.


And a few extra to remove material.


Cleaning up with a chisel.
(I use Japanese tools today…).


Shaping a little for a comfortable grip.


And drilling a hole for hanging with my wonderful old French hand drill.


Viola!!!
We have a saw file holder.


Another reason for me to make that saw sharpen vice…


Fast easy and effective.
I love it!

This holder can also be used for your scrapers, but I have made another version earlier for that purpose.


I hope this could be to some inspiration, perhaps even some holders…

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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#1 posted 03-15-2012 06:31 PM

I agree with the sentiments of another LJ who recently stated that every time you post a project, my to-do list becomes greater! Thanks the for the post, as always.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 03-15-2012 06:34 PM

Clever and simple. I like it.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 03-15-2012 06:34 PM

This looks great, and a good use for the new tapering jig. How do you use it? I’ve never sharpened a saw blade, this seems like it would take the edge off the teeth?

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#4 posted 03-15-2012 06:41 PM

Always a pleasure.

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

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#5 posted 03-15-2012 07:44 PM

Practical, easy to make, easy to use and it looks great. Who could ask for more? Great work Mads!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 03-15-2012 08:00 PM

I knew you’d pull a wedgie Mads after building your tapering jig. So you did put the wedge in from the back and it works OK. I don’t understand that. Why wouldn’t you put it in from the front so it tightens the file? Just curious as I don’t really understand the science of wedging things.

-- 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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#7 posted 03-15-2012 09:07 PM

wonderful tool n post. you’re very talented Mafe..

the wood looks like Rosewood to me :) ( rio palisander)

Jacob

-- Cabinetmakers apprentice at PPmĂžbler Denmark

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#8 posted 03-15-2012 09:33 PM

Nice! Very Nice!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 03-15-2012 09:38 PM

I wish people shipped things to my work with wood like that, wow.

Is that a PLASTIC knob on your tapering jig?? LOL

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#10 posted 03-15-2012 10:05 PM

Cool. Thanks for sharing, my friend!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 03-16-2012 02:39 AM

A+ All the way around.

And I need one of these, so your timing is perfect.

(I should have done this project tonight instead of fiddling around with another rising dovetail exercise.

THANK YOU for posting.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#12 posted 03-16-2012 11:02 PM

Great shop tool

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#13 posted 03-17-2012 09:14 AM

Very nice Mads

Brit, whether the wedge is in from the back or the front depends on which way Mads uses it. He has photos of it in use both ways (the last two).

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#14 posted 03-17-2012 09:57 AM

Tootles – I realise that and I don’t doubt it works if Mads says it does, but to me it just seems logical that the action of filing should tighten the wedge, not loosen it. I suppose it doesn’t matter as there is friction either way.

-- 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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#15 posted 03-18-2012 01:56 PM

Hi guys,
Yes it depends on the way you use it, so really it does not matter.
But honestly it does not matter since I made the wedge so low angle that you need a hammer to get it out, so it will never fall out. Infact I think it will hold as well as if I used screws.
Have a nice Sunday.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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