How to Sharpen a Handsaw
Make your saws cut straight and fast
Synopsis: Former Seabee Fred Wilder explains how to sharpen a handsaw – what tools you need, how to straighten, joint, and set the saw, and how to file the teeth to sharp points. He covers subjects such as holding the file and reducing the flats to even points. Side explanations delve into how to reshape jointed teeth before setting and how to file angles on crosscut and rip saws.
Someone asked, “Will a sewing needle slide down the tooth edge of a carpenter’s handsaw?” It was the end of another day on Attu Island, a barren, wind-swept speck of land at the end of the Aleutian chain. We were a bunch of homesick carpenter Seabees sitting around the stove in a Quonset hut, waiting for lights out. The question hung in the air, and then there was laughter. There wasn’t much to do at night, but that last question really scraped…