I have written this blog post for those who have crosscut saws that need sharpening. It is not about restoring a crosscut saw (even though sharpening is a restorative process), but for those who bought a crosscut-pattern saw and dulled it through normal use. Restorative work for neglected and abused saws is a more […]
Put two saws side by side with the same size teeth and the same pattern of shaping on the teeth and the two will often perform radically differently. Of course there’s lots of online teaching on saw sharpening to create even more confusion too, so the end results are not always favourable. Even makers […]Read More
If you are a beginner, the following link from our beginner site, Common Woodworking, may be useful to you:
Setting Up and Sharpening a Saw – This guide will show you the basics of setting up for use and how to sharpen
What tooth pattern should I sharpen too?
For any saws that are 10ppi plus […]Read More
[…] look generally at its overall appearance as an initial indication of its condition but then you always look at the teeth. It can be the same with saws.
I have tried in most cases to revue new and used hand tools after a legitimate time of use; around two years in general, because all too […]
Q: We saw your demonstrations and they were great. I wondered if you could guide me on which saw to buy for making dovetails?
A: A problem I saw (no pun) at the show is that most people there are divided into two categories: On the one side you have people looking for information, while […]
I recently blogged about saw handle sizing because many handles since the last World War often became undefined, utilitarian and too big for anything but brutish work. That’s true of most hand tools that are mass made. Some of you responded with suggestions for high-end saws ranging in price between £100 – £200 per […]Read More
…determines the outcome
It’s said that the one who frames the issues determines the outcome. With frame saws that may not be so predictable and so I found myself drifting with thoughts of frame saws these past few weeks and the thought crossed my mind that rigid plate steel saws like the ones developed in […]
I picked up a Crown tenon saw last week and had a chat with the sales staff because Crown have been distributing tools made in and around Sheffield for a long time. I actually bought a set of their chisels from Woodcraft a decade or more ago and I was impressed by the quality […]Read More
[…] try a reshape to each of the teeth. Here is a method that works well for me and you may want to try if you have a saw that has highly irregular teeth. An eBay Disston came to me with a real orthodontic problem. Crowded teeth every other three or four teeth, some, many, […]Read More
I often receive emails asking me about more modern saw makers and apart from a couple of modern makers more involved in finessing the finished tools they make, I find myself unable to recommend most of the mass-made saws for one simple reason – hard-point teeth. Is it the hard-point teeth alone that fails […]Read More