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04.12.2013, admin  
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If you want to know how to sharpen a hand saw, you first have to have the right sharpening tools.
My bench vise is already about two feet long, and the saw jointer looks the same as what I built to square my cabinet scrapers with – you just turn it upside-down. This is one of those things that I have always wondered how I could do it on my own without having to send my saws off to someone to have it done. This type of file is mostly recommended for filing crosscut saws including the crosscut edge of Ryoba saws.
Not only does this guide provide a secondary grip for your saw file, it also helps you control the angle of the file as you sharpen, using the eye’s natural ability to judge parallel and level.
The lower the saw is clamped in the saw vise, the less the blade will vibrate as it is being sharpened. Since the invention of the most basic hand saw this tool has evolved into many different types: two man felling saws, rip saws, crosscut saws, dovetail saws, tenon saws, carcass saws, Japanese hand saw and the list goes on and on. Because the angle guide doesn’t limit the movement of the file, you learn to control it manually, gaining the experience needed for freehand sharpening.
If you look at antique saw vises, it is easy to see these ugly scars on the jaws of the vises.
An easy solution to this is to make your own; two pieces of wood long enough for your saw blade and a bench top vise are all you need . To use the saw jointer, simply place the jointer against the saw and run it along the blade once; when done all of the teeth should have a very small flat spot on the top.
Before we had always advised our customers to find either an old cast iron saw vise from Ulmia on the used market, or to clamp the saw between two straight boards. Lovely and versatile Shaker flair cedar tree warehousing workbench the saw blade, as found. Tenon saws are arguably in equal supply, though for good quality there is limited availability. The thing is, whether you opt for an old or new saw, owning one is of little use if you can’t keep it sharp. As for handsaws, there are three distinct styles – rip, crosscut and panel, and if you think about table saws the same principle applies with either the machine itself or the blade used designed to similar ideals. A blunt saw will never cut properly and tends to track away from a line, while an ill set saw can either wander or jam in the kerf.
Panel saws average around 20 to 22in long with the TPI usually between 10 and 12, while crosscuts are around 22 to 26in with teeth from 6 to 9TPI, while the rip is usually 24in and longer with teeth from 3 to 5 TPI.
Softwoods are often resinous so can bind, whereas on hardwoods a saw set to match its points per inch size can be a tad sloppy. If you get a lot of cracking noises, chances are the saw has become brittle and will cause problems.
Each of these brands of saw differs in style and comfort, though all have a rip filed tooth pattern as they predominantly cut end-grain.


This is meant to mimic the swing of the arm as you saw, so that the teeth get better contact throughout the cut. The more the rake is dropped back the less aggressive the action, so while the cut may be a little smoother for the sawyer, it’s a longer operation. The better quality handsaws are often taper ground, where the back of the blade is marginally thinner than the toothed edge, allowing you to apply less set so the cut is cleaner without the binding on the back. Through everyday use, damage, or improper sharpening the teeth of a saw become different heights, This difference in tooth height means that the taller teeth are the ones cutting while the shorter teeth get skipped over – this can make using the saw difficult.
SOMAX makes 4 different handsets: with magnifying glass or not, for normal or for fine sawblades. Now we are especially happy to be able to offer this saw filing vise from Gramercy Tools, which was based on a model sold by Wentworth starting in the late 1800s. A quality file is important, bargain files are not durable or hard enough to produce a truly sharp hand saw blade that will keep its sharp edge for many cuts. The mill file mounts to the inside of the jointer, the jointer body helps to keep the mill file square to the saw blade.
There are differences and similarities between all of the different types of hand saws but one thing that they all have in common is that all hand saw types have to be sharp to work properly. If you make hand saw blade sharpening part of your regular woodworking hand tools maintenance, you will find that all your cutting tasks will go much faster, smoother and more accurately. In my experience, saw doc’s invariably put on a machine filing setup, which never produces as good results as a hand file touch-up. There are a few considerations when determining how a saw performs, including pitch (or rake) of the tooth, the bevel and the set worked upon it. Of course, sharpening my own saws does mean I have to splash out on a decent file, but if you get into a set routine and simply touch up the saw once in a while rather than let it get so bad that it needs a major overhaul, life is easier.
A rip filed saw is now the norm for most of the high-end dovetail saws on the market as dovetail work is predominantly ripping work. Most do between 4 to 12 points per inch, which is fine for handsaws, but too coarse for tenon and dovetail saws, setting too far down the tooth.
The back saws are less prone to blade kinks as you tend to not only have a more genteel approach on finer cuts, but the stiff back supports the blade well, even though it is finer gauge steel than a handsaw.
The fine tooth structure on a dovetail saw is good enough to leave a clean cut on the small amount of crosscutting involved as well, especially if you knife the shoulder lines. There’s also the carcase saw, touted by the Americans, but for me this is just a small open-handled tenon saw. The teeth of a hand saw blade have what is called a set; this is the distance that the saw tooth is bent away from the saw blade. Instruction how to use the Somax Saw Set Somax saw sets are suitable for small and medium sized blades. The lever drives a rotating cam on this saw blade vise and exerts enormous pressure on the blade, clamping it firmly in the jaws.


I think for about the cost of one sharpening, I could buy the files I need to do this all on my own. To set the teeth of your saw, start at the heel (by the handle) and bend every other tooth to the right, then come back and bend the teeth you skipped over to the left.
If not, run the saw jointer along the blade as many times as necessary to get the tops of every tooth flat – make sure to inspect after each pass to prevent over flattening the teeth.
A low tooth here or there won’t be overly problematic, but just one high one will cause the saw to jump and judder in the cut.
A saw in good nick won’t require this first stage if you are simply touching up the teeth, so you can skip straight to the setting and sharpening stages. Dovetail saws fall in around 8 to 10in long with teeth per inch (TPI) of about 15 or more, while tenon saws have a bigger range of sizes, between 12 and 18in and a TPI of between 12 and 14 and occasionally less. Setting the saw slightly over or under the PPI size can tweak the saw enough to make a difference, depending on the work it’s doing. But an overset saw can be difficult to track in a cut, so you don’t want to overset a saw that will work seasoned timber.
Different hand saws require different files for sharpening; the type of file you need is determined by the points per inch (or PPI) of your hand saw.
Saw files have corners that are ever so slightly rounded, so as to maintain the round gullet between the saw's teeth as one files them. For rip saws the file will travel perpendicular to the saw blade, the teeth of a crosscut saw will be filed at a 75 to 80 degree angle to the saw blade. Categorising joinery and cabinetry saws calls for two distinct groups of handsaws and back saws, though there are variations within each group. Holding the file on a block of wood held against the saw side will keep the file flat or you can splash out on a specialist file holding jig such as the Veritas one that ensures the topping is perfectly square to the blade every time.
Squeezing the handles advances the clamp to the saw blade with the small pin addressing the tooth and forcing it over against the anvil taper. They are also good tools for working various very fine-toothed European saws and for many other types of fine filing work because of their narrow profile. On a new saw, these tops or shiners should all be identical so you can practice simply filing them back out.
Hand setting with a punch and hammer on a block is a traditional method, but it’s an experienced hand that knows how to do this consistently without damaging the blades. On the other hand, this raises the risk of accidently cutting into the jaws of the vise with the file. Makers like Gramercy, Wenzloff and Lie Nielsen, Adria and Roberts and Lee have brought traditional saws back into vogue, having seemingly been ousted for good by hardpoint saws.



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