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Mark Herdman26/04/2009 21:29:20
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Hi
I am attempting to learn saw sharpening.  I have aquired several saws from car boots, to practise on.  Most have not been sharpened before.
2 appear to have been sharpened at the factory, then set, but  the teeth have been set to the wrong side! 
Has any body seen this before?
I presume the solution is to file out the teeth, as resetting would risk snapping to many off.
Mark H
Sparky26/04/2009 22:00:25
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Hi Mark
 
We've got a section all about Sharpening hand saws By Paul Sellers which can be found  >> here <<
 
Good luck!
Marc
Oddjob27/04/2009 12:06:33
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Mark,
There was also a 'Master Class' on saw sharpening in Good Woodworking (or was it The Woodworker) recently.  I think it was by Andy King.
 
I'm not sure what you mean by "but  the teeth have been set to the wrong side! "  The teeth should be set to both sides - alternately of course.  The exception is flush cut saws.  Beware, if you have bought any modern, hard-tooth saws, they will not set or sharpen.
 
Richard
Mark Herdman28/04/2009 20:18:06
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Thanks for the links; it was Andy King’s article that really got me going.>>

I believe the idea is to make the outside leading edge of each tooth sharp, i.e. bevel on the inside, my saws (not hard point!  Nevertheless, 10+ years old, used once or twice then forgotten.) have the bevel on the outside, putting the sharp edge away  from the wood!>>

Both saws are named, English and German, not cheap far eastern.>>

Still I bought them for practice, £1 for 3, so I cannot complain.>>

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For a really interesting saw site go to http://www.vintagesaws.com/cgi-bin/frameset.cgi?left=sawcare&right=/library/primer/sharp.html

Andy King29/04/2009 21:19:11
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Hi Mark,
 
nice to know i got someone interested!
I did some sharpening at Ally Plly the last couple of shows, the first time Bruce Manning who does our Q&A section brought a couple along and they were terrible! Sharpened wit the teeth facing backwards, cows, calves, you name it! Sounds like yours may have been sharpened by the same bloke - perhaps he was Japanese!
Anyway, if you are looking for a crosscut pattern tooth you are correct in waht you say, so they should look like this (if I can remember how to get a picture file inserted!)

Andy King29/04/2009 21:20:47
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Hi Mark,
 
nice to know i got someone interested!
I did some sharpening at Ally Plly the last couple of shows, the first time Bruce Manning who does our Q&A section brought a couple along and they were terrible! Sharpened wit the teeth facing backwards, cows, calves, you name it! Sounds like yours may have been sharpened by the same bloke - perhaps he was Japanese!
Anyway, if you are looking for a crosscut pattern tooth you are correct in waht you say, so they should look like this. The shine you can see is on the tooth that is set away from you.
 
cheers,
Andy

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