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Forum topic by Furnitude posted 03-06-2012 09:32 PM 1131 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2012 09:32 PM

I’ve got a sweet Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw that I’d love to blame for my sloppy saw work. Seriously, when I make a full stroke, it kind of bounces a little. Is that telling me it needs to be sharpened? I’ve had the saw for probably 5 years and used it a lot. Thanks,

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 09:59 PM

If hand planes were lighter, they’d probably bounce when they get dull (instead of chattering). My guess is your handsaw needs resharpening.

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 10:03 PM

It could be getting dull, but I have done the same thing with brand news saws. When it does happen, I just try to picture myself putting more pressure back in the heel of the blade. It generally helps me.

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 10:48 PM

Dullness sneaks up just like age, five years is a long time between sharpening unless the saw is a till queen. How long do your chisels and planes stay sharp? Saw plates are softer metal than either. Get a saw file and set, buy or make a saw vice and have at it….Even a poorly sharpened saw will cut better than a dull one as long as the set is even.

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 02:14 AM

“Dullness sneaks up just like age” I that case I guess I need to get myself sharpened. :)

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 02:54 AM

U could also send it to lie nielson they will sharpen them for u for like $15 including return shipping.

I just got one of the progressive dovetail saws and know I would screw it up trying to sharpen it myself.


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#6 posted 03-08-2012 04:34 AM

One day we’ll be cutting wood with lasers you know. Sometimes it’s good to have one old dull saw around. Enjoy.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#7 posted 03-08-2012 04:41 AM

My .02 is that 5 years on an oft-used handsaw is alot of use, so a sharpening is in order regardless of the jumping problem. Get it done, and see if the problem is resolved. Because, did it always jump? Or did it just start? Good sharp and good technique, the saw guides itself and cuts without issue. I’m guessing you haven’t changed your approach.

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