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#1 posted 06-28-2011 07:23 PM

So how many guys here sharpen/file their own saws?

There have been many good conversations on this site in regards to plane iron and chisel sharpening but not much lately on saw filing.

I touched on it a little in an earlier reply but after I restored my first two backsaws I wanted to have them professionally sharpened because I didn’t know how to do it and I didn’t want to mess up them up trying. I had the hardest time finding someone that offered the service. I did find a few good places online but that would have required me shipping the saws out and they all had a longer turn around time. I decided to ask the guys at the local Woodcraft store if they knew anyone, possibly a regular customer or someone they could refer me to and they were clueless. Even the old timers that were working there had no clue. I couldn’t believe a big woodworking store like that didn’t have so much as a local referral. My local Woodcraft even has an shop in house and they offer a lot of classes a few of which deal with sharpening but nothing on filing hand saws. After that I realized saw filing is a lost art and I decided it would be great idea to learn how to do it myself.

Shortly after that I just so happened to meet a local woodworker/tool collector who’s specialty was hand saws. I told him about my saws and my desire to have them sharpened so he was kind enough to offer to sharpen them for me. Not only that he offered to show me how to do it. I got lucky because he really knew what he was doing and did a fantastic job on my saws. I was able to retain enough of what he showed me to start doing my own.

I am still in need of much practice but I am starting to get the hang of it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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