|Project by grfrazee||posted 06-10-2013 04:18 PM||8739 views||20 times favorited||11 comments|
Since purchasing a couple of vintage saws and also watching Andy’s (Brit’s) video on saw sharpening, I’ve been wanting a saw vise to hold my saws for sharpening.
I’ve come across plenty of manufactured saw vises at antique stores and flea markets, but they all have jaws that top out around 12” wide. With a 26” long saw, that means moving the saw three times in the vise just to sharpen one side of the saw.
The design I have come up with uses some leftover SYP from my bench build as the main body with 3/4” x 1/8” angle iron for the jaws. A door hinge at the bottom and some threaded rod with a wing nut completes the vise action.
The angle iron jaws are 24” long. I know, this is still 2” shy of the 26” saw plates common with your typical handsaw, but this still gives plenty of real estate for sharpening. I added a vertical piece on the back so that I could clamp it in the tail vise of my bench and make the height adjustable (see the 4th pic).
There is still some finessing I need to do with the fit to get the tops of the jaws aligned. Also, I need to recess out the horizontal wooden pieces that hold the jaws so that sawbacks and handles can fit in (see the 2nd pic). Otherwise, I tested it out with one of my Disston rip saws and it works fine.
Update 2013-06-11: I have created a SketchUp model, which you can download here.
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