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Forum topic by Lumber2Sawdust posted 09-08-2010 05:09 AM 1257 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2010 05:09 AM

I have a low-end gent’s saw that I have used for some dovetails, with reasonable success. I have some more plans to do dovetails in some hard maple soon.

From experience, and many other sources, I know that there is no substitute for a good sharp tool. I would like to get the gent’s saw sharpened, and I am also exploring options for a better dovetail saw (western? japanese? don’t know yet). Before I invest in a new saw, I would like to know of a good source for sharpening of hand saws. I live in the foothills west of Denver, but get around the area enough that the metro area is reasonable.

Who has recommendations?

I know I could do the sharpening myself, but I don’t get much time to work on projects so at this point I would rather have someone else sharpen saws so I can work with wood to build some projects.

Thanks in advance for your ideas.

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 05:04 PM

I know you said you didn’t have the time to do it yourself but seriously, you do. Sending out a $20 saw to be sharpened is going to cost you more than $20 and depending on the quality of the steel it may not hold well anyway in the hard maple. Knowing how to do it yourself means you can stop in the middle, touch up the saw, then move forward again. No waiting days between without a saw. Meanwhile you can save up a little money and start searching for a “better” saw that will suit your style and project choices.

Go find the Lie-Nielsen channel at YouTube and watch Mr. Lie-Nielsen’s short videos on sharpening a saw. For a dovetail saw you generally sharpen it for rip teeth. Easiest sharpening method there is.

You can make your own saw vice and jointing rig. Just get a nice small 6” mill file and the right size triangular file and you are off to the races. Last time I did this on a little saw it took all of 20 minutes (not including making a saw vice like the one in the videos) for the filing.

There will also be a little bit of fiddling with the set but until you sharpen several times you don’t need to worry about adjusting the saw’s set. At most you may need to stone one side of the other to remove just a touch if the saw tends to drift left or right. And you can with a little more practice, use a “wrest” style set which can be home made instead of a hammer-and-anvil style like the Stanley 42 or 42x. A dovetail saw has very, very little set anyway. I tried adjusting the set on an inexpensive Crown gent’s saw with just a small flat blade screwdriver as a wrest. Had to stone the sides a bit to even it out but it did work in the end.

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#2 posted 09-08-2010 05:08 PM

No first-hand experience, but ….


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