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Forum topic by Infernal2 posted 05-25-2012 02:09 AM 2078 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2012 02:09 AM

Fellow LJs, I am at a loss here. I have two wonderful old saws that I picked up for a song and yet I lack both a saw set and saw vice. I have an old end vise that with a little work will convert into a saw vice, but no saw set. Does anyone have any ideas about how I could go about sharpening these saws until i can locate and purchase a saw set?

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 02:15 AM

First off, with out the proper set, even a sharp saw wont cut well. its the set that keeps it running true.. as far as sets go they are a dime a dozen so to speak on Ebay.. I picked mine up for $5.00 on there a couple months ago.. got a nice older Millers Falls set.. you may want to check there first.. good luck with the saws.. there is nothing more satisfying than cutting a nice straight kerf with a saw that you just sharpened yourself.. its a dying art.. once your friends find out you can do it, you will find yourself sharpening a lot of saws.. have fun..

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 03:01 AM

Depending on size of and number of points you can set a saw with a hammer and a nail punch. After setting use a vise and a sheet of paper on each side of the tooth line to even the set.

I’d just find a saw set, it is easier and even if you buy a new one they are pretty cheap.

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#3 posted 05-25-2012 03:24 AM

Bear in mind that saw teeth do not need setting every time they’re sharpened.
If you’re wary about buying a used saw set, consider the somax sold by TFWW and other outlets.

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 03:32 AM

I’ve got this one, a Stanley, seems fairly easy to use. The old saws I have already have a might too much set, so, I will just let them be. Seems i have a “surplus’ saw set. I paid a whopping $1.00+tax at an Antique store. Let me know IF you still want it..

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 01:29 PM

I agree with everything above about the saw set. They are easy to come by pretty cheap. If the saw hasn’t been sharpened, it probably won’t need to be set this time anyhow.

As for a vise they are pretty easy to build. See Andy’s. They are also pretty cheap if you hunt around. I see them all the time for between $10 and $15.

I’m calling out Andy’s because he also has some great blogs on sharpening and restoring the saws. Also if you only plan on doing a small amount, just stick 2 strips of wood between any kind of vise. Its not ideal, but it would get you started.

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 06:16 PM

Thanks so much for the help everyone, I’ll be picking up the saw set from Bandit come the first part of the week and that design looks perfect for what I need Don. Again, thanks everyone for the quick response!

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#7 posted 06-30-2013 07:25 PM

Infernal – howd ya make out sharpening your saws? Im gearing up to dive head first into sharpening!

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