Q: George Harris, Media, PA A: It’s possible that the saw has been set or sharpened incorrectly. An easy fix in either case is to lightly run a medium-fine (1,000-grit) diamond stone along each side of the teeth. This will remove some of the excess set and slightly sharpen the teeth. Make a test cut. If it still drifts, give one more pass over the side the saw is favoring. Make another test cut and repeat the stone treatment if needed. Straighten up and saw right. A quick fix for a handsaw that wanders is to lightly run a sharpening stone along the teeth on either side, taking an extra pass over the side the saw is favoring. That will sharpen the teeth and lessen the set (how far the teeth stick out). With a smaller set and sharp teeth, a saw should cut a straight line on its own. Photos: Staff
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In this video Matt methodically takes you through the pins first approach to dovetails that the North Bennet Street School is known for. Matt demonstrates proper sawing technique and how to efficiently and effectively chisel out the waste.
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