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Forum topic by Charlie posted 09-15-2013 01:34 PM 978 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2013 01:34 PM

OK, so for anyone else just getting into hand saws and sharpening, I just spent about $60 getting some needed saw files and a new saw set. I bought a couple of one size saw file as I simply have more saws that will use that size file so…

I figure I can shop for deals when I don’t need them right away, but for now I got a half dozen saw files in varying sizes and a saw set to get started. Guess I better get started on making a saw vise.

I don’t have a lot of hand saws. Just 5, but I like the older saws and they need sharpening. For what it costs to have a saw sharpened once, I can buy a bucket of old saws at a yard sale or flea market. I’ve watched Brit’s video and a bunch of others as well. Once I get the saw vise together I think I’m ready to start sharpening my own saws.

I’m probably not going to post much about sharpening. I think that’s been covered really well here on LJ.

So what’s my point?
Just to let the guys, in the states at least, know that you can get started sharpening your own hand saws for $60 or less and half of that was buying new files. If you can randomly pick up files at yard sales or flea markets you can get started for much less. It doesn’t appear to be all that hard (I haven’t started actually doing it myself yet other than a few tests).

So I’ll let you know, but right now I’m happy to be trying a new skill to add to my mental toolbox. :)

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 03:46 PM

Charlie, you are definitely on the right track! I was in your shoes not too long ago. I was apprehensive about sharpening saws. But I got some motivation from some members here, took the plunge and am happy with the results. It is not hard at all and I found it doesn’t require all the doo-dads and what-nots to be successful. I now have saws that are sharp, and what a difference it makes.

Good luck to you!

-- Mike

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