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Forum topic by sharad posted 12-26-2009 06:47 PM 1265 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2009 06:47 PM

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This is what I found on the web site eHow. Has anyone used round files for sharpening a saw?

How to Sharpen a Saw Contributor
By eHow Contributing Writer
Article Rating: (20 Ratings)
Although saws are tedious to sharpen, you don’t need to do it more than once per season, and the time spent will make your cutting chores much easier. You need a round file and a vice – and of course, a dull saw.
Things You’ll Need:
• Linseed Oils
• Lubricating Oils
• Round Files
• Vises

1. Step 1
Lock the saw blade into the jaws of a bench vice, teeth pointing up.
2. Step 2
Use a round file to sharpen each individual tooth. The teeth have a beveled side and a straight side; sharpen the beveled side.
3. Step 3
Run the round file between the teeth to sharpen. You should see a new, shiny edge as each tooth becomes sharp.
4. Step 4
Continue sharpening the teeth until you have done them all.
5. Step 5
Turn the saw over in the vice and sharpen all the teeth on the other side of the blade.
6. Step 6
Spray the blade of the saw with a light lubricating oil to preserve the finish and prevent rust.
7. Step 7
Coat the wooden handle with a light coat of linseed oil.

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#1 posted 12-27-2009 12:28 AM

Thank you very much Sharad.

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 04:18 AM

Thank you, but I’m still not sure that I’m going to attempt it …again ;)


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#3 posted 12-27-2009 04:35 AM

Thanks alot Sharad

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#4 posted 12-27-2009 06:34 AM

I guess that another key to getting the saw sharpened correctly would be to also have a file that’s the right size for the teeth of the saw that you are sharpening. Thanks for the info Sharad.

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#5 posted 12-27-2009 10:48 PM

A round file wouldn’t do much good for most handsaws. All mine need triangle style files to sharpen or cut new teeth.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#6 posted 12-27-2009 11:07 PM

yeah that would have to be a pretty big handsaw. maybe theyre talking more of a tree branch saw. i have one of those ant they have curved teeth. other than that triangular saws all the way

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