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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 03-28-2012 01:56 AM 1575 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2012 01:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig handsaw file sharpening

Got a few old saws hanging around the shop, snaggle teeth and all. I don’t have a fancy saw vise to clamp them up to sharpen them, either.

So, I did have some 2×3 pine sitting around the house. Grabbed two of them , and a saw. Marked the length i needed by laying the saw on top of one board, and marking with my thumbnail. Used the same saw to cut the 2xs to length. Kind of rough going, but i’ll work on that. Went to the back porch with the following items in hand:

Two 2×3s about 25” long, give or take a couple inches
two “F” style clamps
Couple of extra slim taper files
One handsaw, Disston Rancher. Needed to be sharpened up
a piece of scrap to test the work with, and a pair of visegrip pliers( File is hard to hold unto with my achy hands)

On the back porch, there is a 2×4 railing. I clamp things topgether, using that railing to hold things at a “work level” for me.

IF the handle gets in the way, I just lean it over the other way, and keep on filing along. Since this was just a sharpening, NOT a retoothing, I just followed the pattern already there, as far as angles were concerned:

Nice,warm, sunny SPRING afternoon! About 15 minutes or so of working my way down the blade, and the saw is ready for a test drive. Grabbed that piece of scrap, and clamp it to the railing

Never a grab during the cut, and two more full strokes finished this cut. Set is a bit wide, makes a rough cut in the pine, a rough FAST cut. Just the thing for a Carpenter, like me. Clamps i had on hand, scrap was laying around (doing nothing good, i suppose) and the files I inherited. Zero dollars, gotta love it….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 07:02 AM

Good job, love to see old tools get rehabbed and put to work.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 03:51 PM

Tried it out on a backsaw today. A LOT more teeth to file, makes the hands sore, even with the file “holder”

Might get a cheap pair of these, and notch the jaws a bit, it would keep the file from moving. Anyway, about the saw:

Just a cheepy, with a new, homemade handle. IF I mess up, no biggy. After working my way along, filing the teeth “RIP”, got to the end. Time for a test drive, right?

well, two, actually. First kerf just cleaned up the junk in the “gums” of the teeth. The other kerf worked a lot better, after about two-three minutes ( fine teeth) I was at full depth

The notch it made, will allow the other two backsaws to fit in the jig better. High dollar jigs??

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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