Handsaw sharpening service

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Post by hoss » Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:50 am

Given the recent renaissonce in quality saws are there any sharpeners that provide a hand filed sharpening service in the uk ? Please dont recommend doing it myself as I havnt got the time.

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Post by Andys Woodshed » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:10 pm

Not too sure about the "hand filing"

but you could try Tewkesbury saw

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Post by mrgrimsdale » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:35 pm

http://www.lmcuttingtools.com/ always been OK for me. They hand sharpen, but will machine cut if the saw is in very poor condition.
Have been doing it myself though, for some years. Gets easier, not that difficult.

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Post by dunbarhamlin » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:37 pm

Enochknew wrote:Please dont recommend doing it myself as I havnt got the time.
Huh? Sorry, but as an excuse that's on a par with, 'the dog ate my homework.'

What, minimum 3 day turn around from a saw doctor, instead of 10 mins to do it yourself (IOW less time than it would take to pack and post/arrange collection of it.

I dithered about before sharpening my first saws, but it is neither particularly difficult nor time consuming.

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Post by nickw » Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:17 pm

Dragon Saws do a very good service.
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Post by toobyefore » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:39 am

Enochknew wrote:Please dont recommend doing it myself as I havnt got the time.
S'okay; haven't got the time to recommend it. ;D

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Post by paulchapman » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:06 am

If it's a rip-cut saw, I'd go along with those who say have a go yourself. I've recently experimented with sharpening a cheapo Spear & Jackson "Workhorse" saw which has never cut well. It was originally filed in a cross-cut pattern and I decided to try filing it rip-cut. To my amazement, the saw now cuts fast and straight :o ;D

I wouldn't say that I filed it particularly well, but I'm pleasantly surprised at how well it's turned out. It's certainly given me the confidence to do more (but maybe not on my Wenzloffs ;D).

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Post by dunbarhamlin » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:05 am

That's the fun thing with saw sharpening. It's quite hard to bugger it up completely provided you lightly joint and watch the flats.
Almost any toothed blade will gnaw its way through a piece of wood eventually, and every sharpening will get better.
As BB highlighted the other day, it doesn't have to be pretty - just aim to get teeth the same height. (Short teeth won't do any cutting work, just help rake out the waste)

Cross cuts are just a little more tricksy - remember the bevel goes on the inside (! - only did it once) and adjust how it's going to cut with fleam/rake/pitch

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Post by paulchapman » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:19 am

A couple of Saturdays ago I tried out Phil Edwards' Disston that he picked up at a car boot - picture of it here http://philsville.blogspot.com/2008/06/saw-point.html

The teeth look awful but it cuts really well. This saw sharpening stuff is quite fascinating..........

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Post by mrspanton » Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:12 pm

Enochknew wrote:Given the recent renaissonce in quality saws are there any sharpeners that provide a hand filed sharpening service in the uk ? Please dont recommend doing it myself as I havnt got the time.
watch out if you send your saw away, not every one is capable of doing a good job. Some use a filing machine, sometimes that is a good idea to re shape a very badly messed up lot of teeth, or to alter the tooth size. But the machines can take off a lot of steel if your saw doctor is lazy, and sometimes they can set the teeth the wrong wayl, they shoul;d always be set in the same direction (ie so they are likley to snap off). Its not hard or time consuming to sharpen a saw it is easy and quick in fact the hardest part is getting decent file's nowadays no one makes them in sheffield any more and the far eastern versions are a waste of everything. Do you send your chisle's out to be sharpened? It is just a few minutes to restore a working edge on a saw, toolie freaks who agonise over zen type standards might take a little longer ;D

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