Hand Tools Archive


Joe shelton
Finally decided to try sharpening a saw yesterday. Started with a 9 pt Disston Townsman, so that I'd not be ruining an heirloom. Filed it rip, and it worked so well that I picked up a grungy Disston Junior and embarked on a crosscut attempt. More tedious, but I was feeling good. Dialed in a new saw set, set the teeth, and was surprised at how quickly and smoothly that went. When I started a test cut, all was well. Briefly. Quickly was binding badly.

The saw set I have is adjusted with a dial marked, not according to number of teeth, but an arbitrary scale in which a large number yields a very small degree of set.

At least I found out before I discarded both the poor little saw and the bassackard saw set...

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