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12-30-2013 05:52 PM

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I am in the process of restoring a few old saws that were my great grandfathers. I have the handles off of them, and I am cleaning the plates. Once I get them clean and reassembled I will need to sharpen them. I am on a super tight budget. Does anyone know where to send them to have them sharpened for cheap? Or does anyone live in the Dallas area and care to help a fellow LJ out?

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 06:00 PM

Go to this thread and ask that question. We keep the hand-saw fanatics locked up in their own little cellblock so they don’t hurt anyone. I’m sure someone there will be able to help you.

But be careful – don’t get them wet, feed them after midnight, or ask about saw files…..

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 06:24 PM

Hey Boots,

Joe is right, we like to keep all the saw nuts together. When you post over at the other thread, be prepared to offfer up pictures of all the saws. Also, describe the condition—rust, pitting, missing teeth, bends , kinks etc.

Good luck,


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#3 posted 12-30-2013 07:11 PM

Joe said…

“third friendliest place on the internet”

So what are the first two?

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#4 posted 12-30-2013 07:13 PM

Welcome Boots!

Boots… Morris… are you a cat?

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 07:18 PM

Joe, you can’t keep us down, we found the food!

Boots, unless you can find a local LJ or the local old timer that still sharpens hand saws for cheap (try finding a local woodworking club), the cheapest way is to buy your own saw files, watch a few videos and try it yourself. I would have said buy grobet swiss online, but it seems they are going downhill too. At least the junky Nicholson ones that HD carries are made in Mexico.

If I were anywhere near Dallas I’d help you out. You might have some luck finding a local LJ that sharpens saws.

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 07:48 PM

Thanks for the replys. I am going to upload some pictures today. Hopefully someone can help me identify them.

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 08:09 PM

Post them in the other thread, where all the sawheads are.

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#8 posted 12-31-2013 05:38 AM

Boots, welcome to LJ’s!!!! You’ll find nothing but a huge group of helpful people here.
While you go check out the linked thread, our local Saw Guru is Brit, I’d suggest you go check out His Blog to find a veritable font of information on saw restoration among many other tidbits of information including sharpening!

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#9 posted 12-31-2013 06:53 PM

What do you consider cheap? Having a saw professional sharpened doesn’t take a remortgage. I think Joe (need2boat) at gets $30-$40, but don’t quote me, go ask him for a quote.

Touching up an existing saw doesn’t take a lot of practice. So my suggestion would be listen to the advice given above.

I didn’t realize it, but Joe has his prices poste, I was in the ball park,

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