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Forum topic by daddywoofdawg posted 10-30-2014 03:54 PM 1094 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2014 03:54 PM

I have like 4-5 handsaws two are box store but brand name,one is a old thinking Stanley pre 60’s and one is a disston? about pre 60;my question is I need a sharp saw;can I do-it?or should I try and fine a place to do it,or just buy another saw?I can’t even sharpen a knife.I can’t keep the angel right.and I may not have the right tools for the job.

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#1 posted 10-30-2014 04:24 PM

You’ve answered your own question. Sharpening a handsaw is a skill developed through experience. The pre- 60’s saws can be sharpened by hand, but the later store bought saws are probably flame hardened and have to be sharpened by grinding, not filing.

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 05:07 PM

there are several guys who sharpen saws who frequent
They also talk about how to sharpen if you want to learn. Although its a skill that’s developed, its a good skill to have if you have the desire.

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 05:37 PM

are any of these worth the money?I don’t believe they are more than ever being just a tool.I.E nothing I think would be rare.

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 05:43 PM

Hard to say if they’re worth the money without seeing pictures. I agree with Don and Ron above.

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#5 posted 10-30-2014 06:29 PM

This video on saws is from LJer Brit and it is awesome. It’s more than two hours long and covers everything you need to know to jump into hand saws. He explains everything in detail and he makes it easy to understand. As Don pointed out, that thread he linked is a great resource. So many knowledgeable people here.

I’m an idiot and just got into sharpening hand saws. It takes practice but if I can do it you can do it. For me, this thing also helps a lot and is a big hit with the llllllllllllllladies!

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#6 posted 10-31-2014 03:59 PM

I used to be in the sharpening business. I still have thousands of dollars worth of machines. I found that it was quicker and more accurate to hand file saws than to use a machine. The only machine I still use is a carbide grinder for carbide circular saw blades.

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#7 posted 11-01-2014 09:41 AM

here’s a breakdown to get you started:

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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