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Old 08-26-2009, 03:09 PM
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Anyone ever sharpen / hone a Hand Saw?

You know... the kind with a big flat blade and wooden handle that you guide through a piece of wood with your own strength?


I read a few tutorials online, just wondering if any of us mere mortals have ever completed this task with good results.

Relevant info warmly welcome.
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:28 PM
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I remember my father doing this when I was a kid. He had several of those big old things. Can't honestly say that I can remember the process though. Or wether or not the results were satisfying. Sorry.

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ok, now were getting somewhere.
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I worked once with a highly skilled carpenter on a house in France who almost killed me when I tried to use his hand saw. According to him the saw sets to the owner movements and cannot not be used by any one but the owner. I didn't even dare to touch his wood chisels...
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:22 PM
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I worked once with a highly skilled carpenter on a house in France who almost killed me when I tried to use his hand saw. According to him the saw sets to the owner movements and cannot not be used by any one but the owner. I didn't even dare to touch his wood chisels...


It was a chore that my Dad had my brothers and I do periodically. Of course, we never sharpened DAD'S saw, nor did we ever use it (unless he was at work, and you still had a 50% chance or better, of him figuring it out). I recall that the saw worked much better when sharpened, even by us unskilled, impatient boys, but never came close to the straight, smooth cuts made with Dad's.

I did just find a pretty descriptive, and to my memory, accurate page describing the process - http://www.vintagesaws.com/library/primer/sharp.html

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I would interested in knowing how to sharpen a had saw. I have my Grandfathers had saw that he used as a young man over 100 years ago.
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I would interested in knowing how to sharpen a had saw. I have my Grandfathers had saw that he used as a young man over 100 years ago.
check out the link.... it takes WAY less time than when my Dad explained it to me, and it won't cuff you one if you start to lose interest
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I read that link before this thread.. . Its the main reason I am burdened by this task, seems waaay too complicated.


That U-Tube vid helps alot though... thanks
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Every other tooth is at a different angle.

You sharpen every other tooth one way. Then the others the other way. Use a triangular file. Not so hard. You just have to get the angle correct. Use a magnifier.
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check out the link.... it takes WAY less time than when my Dad explained it to me, and it won't cuff you one if you start to lose interest
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Hand saw whats that? I have built half a dozen houses this year and havn't seen one.
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Don't forget to "set" each tooth.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:26 PM
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IS there not a special tool for it?
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There is, there is. It has a grip like a pistol and a guide to hold the blade. I believe there still is skill involved to use it properly.
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