I’ve always wanted to learn how to sharpen a saw. Yesterday, with the power of the Internet (praise be unto Al Gore for his creation), and a file and a special tool called a saw set, I took a dull saw and turned it into a less dull saw.
I had bought a book off of Amazon called “Keeping and Cutting Edge: Setting and Sharpening Hand and Power Saws” . That gave me the fundamental knowledge. Then, to the YouTubes! I ended up watching a few videos by Paul Sellers, got my saw and a file as I watched the video, and went to work
It turns out like most any task, the actual execution is simple, but mastering the skill is hard. However, I was able to smoothly and easily handsaw through a bunch of poplar and red oak, so I must have been doing something right.
I saw this saying the other day, attributed to Abraham Lincoln...“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” I think it is applicable to saws as well.