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post #1 of 5 Old 03-12-2013, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Does anybody do this on their own? Are there any good instructions on how to do it properly? I had a small dovetail saw professionally sharpened recently, and when I got it back it cuts a very rough kerf. I'm thinking a step was not completed or something not done properly. Any thoughts ? Thanks to everyone who shares all of their knowledge and experiences.
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Rob, a number of people here sharpen their own saws. Take a look/search through the Hand Tools Forum and you should find several threads. Here is a reference from Vintage Saws that I used to get started Saw Filing - A Beginners Primer And here is a list that was compiled on LumberJocks site of various hand saw resources.

I've only sharpened two hand saws (both rip saws), but nothing as fine toothed as a dovetail saw yet. The first thing that occurred to me with the rough kerf on a dovetail saw is that it may have too much set. The first reference I listed has a section on proper set for different saws - I'd recommend reading through that and also reading this supplement on setting saws (also from Vintage Saws site).

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This link might be of some help.





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exactly what I was looking for. Now I need to find a source for proper files. Thanks much.
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Lee Valley has them here. Highland Woodworking also carries them.

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