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11-06-2018 01:36 PM

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I’ve decided I want to learn how sharpen my own handsaws. I have been looking at saw vises on Ebay, there are tons of them. Is there anything specific that I should be looking for? I’m at the very bottom of the learning curve on this, the only saw I’ve ever sharpened is a chain saw.

-- Bondo Gaposis


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#1 posted 11-06-2018 01:45 PM

bondo, before you go too far down the ebay route, let me check the shop. Pretty sure I have an extra saw vise that I would gladly send to you so you can get started. I’ll check tonight and let you know.

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#2 posted 11-06-2018 02:10 PM

Thanks, Jay T.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 11-06-2018 02:14 PM

You don’t need a saw vise to get started.

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#4 posted 11-06-2018 05:04 PM

I sharpen power saw blades in a normal vise by using tall plastic pieces on each side of the blade.

I have small sized diamond files that are in-expensive and work well; but they do wear out eventually.

I have even sharpened hole saws this way too.

I do use good light and diamond files. It is not a fast project, but is a lot cheaper than trying to take them somewhere and then going to get them + the exorbitant cost of the sharpening too,

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#5 posted 11-06-2018 07:48 PM

FWIW, this saw vise has been on my to-do list for a while. Even if you don’t buy their hardware, they give a nice instructional on building the vise at the bottom of the page.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 11-06-2018 08:00 PM

When I sharpen my saws I just use two pieces of plywood, joined at the bottom by a hinge, then clamped in a vise. Simple, and just as effective as a saw vise.

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#7 posted 11-06-2018 11:32 PM

Bondo,
If you want an old “antique” vise, my preference is the Disston 3D. They don’t show up often, but they are stiffer and have wider jaws (13”) than most. They can be tilted away to allow angled filing for deeper flem when filing. I have several older saw vises and the 3D is my go to for full size saws. If you are filing backsaws, shorter jaws may be better. The advantage to the older vises are the narrow edge at the top in contact with the saw plate, and most have a tilting head.
My setup is pretty basic…

Regards, the Kentucky Toolsmith!

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#8 posted 11-07-2018 12:00 AM

My beef with the old saw vices is they dont dampen vibration and youve got to move the saw numerous times if youre doing a full size saw.

My suggestion is to build your own and line the jaws with thick leather and make it long enough to hold your longest saw. Brit has a good blog post on building one. Couple pieces of plywood, a piano hinge, toilet bolts and hand screws. Youll have it licked in under 2 hours bondo.

Edit – the narrow head is an advantage for sure. Lets you use the full length of your file.

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#9 posted 11-07-2018 12:34 AM

Bondo, here’s the extra I’ve got. It’s a basic clamp on vise with a 10 inch wide head. I used it for several saws before picking up my current one at an auction.

If you want it, PM me an address.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 11-07-2018 01:46 AM

In order to get the learning curve going, check out Bad Axe Tool Works; http://www.badaxetoolworks.com/

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#11 posted 11-07-2018 02:29 PM

Bondo, I’ve got an antique saw vise but tell the truth, I don’t use it instead I just clamp between two pieces of wood.

For x cut saws I mark the angle in a few places along the top to keep me lined up. After that, the file will leave marks.

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#12 posted 11-16-2018 06:17 PM

Thanks to all who responded to my post. I was able to acquire a saw file and sharpen my saws. I owe special thanks to JayT for sending me a great saw vise.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 11-16-2018 06:35 PM

Fellow LJ to the rescue… again :-) Atta boy JayT! Get ‘em sharp Bondo.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 11-17-2018 01:09 AM



Thanks to all who responded to my post. I was able to acquire a saw file and sharpen my saws. I owe special thanks to JayT for sending me a great saw vise.

- bondogaposis


Are you aware that you have to joint the tops of the teeth first using a flat abrasive stone? this gets all the teeth to an equal height. Then you have to set the teeth using a saw setting tool. This bends each tooth alternately left and right. Finally you are ready to file the teeth. You take an equal number of file strokes on each tooth. If the saw only needs a touchup, you can skip the first two. The saw needs to be firmly clamped so it doesn’t “vibrate” when filing, which can cause uneven filing.

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#15 posted 11-17-2018 02:19 AM

I have one similar to this. Works great for a first-time sharpener.


Bondo, here s the extra I ve got. It s a basic clamp on vise with a 10 inch wide head. I used it for several saws before picking up my current one at an auction.

If you want it, PM me an address.

- JayT


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