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Sharp tools, revisited

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.