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Forum topic by SCOTSMAN posted 11-07-2009 09:04 PM 1593 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2009 09:04 PM

First off it’s good to be back after my injury to my back which I twisted a little while ago.Thanks to those of you who asked after me God Bless all of you for being really wonderful friends to me over the last year or so,it means evrything to me as my shops are apart from my wonderful wife of almost forty years Bronwen and my sons Alistair Russell and Ewen and immediate family,including Lucie and Reuben Jay my darling wee grandson whom I adore.Alistair

My woodshop saw man has not been around for about a year .I live in the HIghlands of Scotland by the sea and my nearest big city is a car ferry ride and an hours drive just to get there through thick traffic.This is both time consuming and expensive when you add it up it’s becoming easier just to buy new blades when my expensive blades get dull.So I am saving them up.I recently saw a device for sharpening blades on ebay I have facilities to make a similar device myself and intend to.I just want to check what part of the blades get sharpened ? I know you never relieve the thickness of the teeth so that they always remain the same saw kerf when cutting.I just don’t know if you do underneath where the blade meets the wood or also on top.any advice or a site covering this would be helpful.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 11-07-2009 09:12 PM

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#2 posted 11-07-2009 09:35 PM

I’m glad you’re feeling better and back with us!

I sent you a PM and never got an answer… didn’t know you were laid up.

Take care

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#3 posted 11-07-2009 09:39 PM

Joe I did answer somethings gone wrong!Well maybe I made a mistake, sorry but I definitely did answer you. I would never not answer.Many thanks again to those who wrote to me including you Joe my very good friend God Bless Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 11-07-2009 09:42 PM

I asked “How did you make those wooden hinges?”...

I don’t remember getting an answer…

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#5 posted 11-07-2009 10:36 PM

Happy your are back in the shop..I have no idea as to sharpening saw blades I take them to a professional… lucky for me he is only 10 minutes away thru light traffic…Keep well friend Alistair.

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#6 posted 11-07-2009 11:25 PM

Check this out . He’s using a machine to sharpen his blades but it will show you what surfaces to sharpen. Hope this helps.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#7 posted 11-08-2009 12:06 AM

Glad to hear you are back in the saddle alistar!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 11-08-2009 01:07 AM

That is a Very Good link!

With some jigs, one could make-shift a way to do it in the shop!

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#9 posted 11-08-2009 01:17 AM

Hey Alistair
Glad your better . I never sharpen my own blades before so I can’t help.

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#10 posted 11-08-2009 02:27 AM

Good to hear that your are doing better!!
First, I would suggest that you ship them to a shop that is equipped to properly sharpen them for you.
But….If you would prefer to do them yourself, I’ll to to give you a brief outline on how it’s done.
The face of the tooth is ground first. The key to the success is to remove the same amount from each tooth. The grinding equipment that I have used, uses the face as a reference for the next step. Next grind the top of the tooth. It is very important to take the exact same amount off of each tooth.Taking different amounts from each tooth will change the height of the tooth and effect the quality of the cut.
A carbide blade is engineered so that each tooth will make a controlled cut, any variance in the tooth size will affect the cut.
You are right, the sides of the tooth are not ground during a regular sharpening.
I hope that this brief explanation helps.


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#11 posted 11-08-2009 03:02 AM

Glad to hear you are back with us. I have a trick back, but mostly it just limits the amount of time I can stand up. But I have been where you were with the back. Ouch.

I have never considered sharpening blades since I have not been that heavy a user. Easier for me to buy new ones… no info from me on the subject…...I am betting no one in Alaska sharpens saw blades.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 11-08-2009 09:08 AM

Alistair glad to see you back. I was wondering whether the recent floods in Scotland had anything to do with your absence on LJ. A few days back garden tender jroot posted a forum topic on his visit to Scotland with a beautiful slide show. I very much remembered you after seeing it and was about to send you PM but lo, here you have shown your presence. Pl take care of your health to finish your pending projects. With love to all members of your family.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 11-08-2009 12:00 PM

Great to have you back (with your back better!) Alistair.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#15 posted 11-08-2009 11:54 PM

Glad to hear you are better Alistair and now back online. I guess a lot of us older guys have bad backs from overdoing lifts and doing all the work by hand that they use machines for today. It’s a curse but not a killer, so we can be thankful for that at least. When it comes to blade sharpening, I have to agree that for an inexperienced person, it is probably better to send it in the post to a professional. However, I can appreciate your desire to do it yourself. If you decide to give it a try my suggestion would be to try it on an old blade you don’t really need, and see how it performs before risking your best blade. Good luck whatever you decide.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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