|Project by DHS||posted 03-25-2012 02:36 AM||3473 views||8 times favorited||8 comments|
This saw vise is a shameless copy of Andy’s (Brit) beautiful vise that I spotted earlier today (3/24/2012). To see how it is made, check his blog (here). After spotting that project, I ran straight to the shop and built mine. Thanks to the detailed description in the blog, this went together in just a couple of hours. The most time consuming part was driving to the hardware store for the carriage bolts, knobs, and piano hinge. Some minor comments on design – my saw vise is not quite as beautiful as Andy’s, I left the top of the vise square to help me to keep my file level when filing, and I planed a bevel into the maple strips that form the vise jaws. The bevel concentrates the clamping pressure up near the teeth of the saw. This vise clamps the saw quite securely. So, now that the vise is done … does anyone know how sharpen a handsaw?
Saw filing update (3/25/2012):
Thanks to everyone who gave me saw filing tips. After reading about saw sharpening in some of my handtool books and looking over the detailed description at Vintage saws (here) I sharpened my saw. I built an alignment jig, marked the fleam angle on top of the saw vise, and jointed the saw with a mill file. It then took just about 24 minutes to sharpen my 26” crosscut saw. (I did not reset the teeth.) I tested the saw before and after on some 4/4 cherry scraps. Yes, it’s true. A sharp saw cuts much faster than a dull one.
-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA