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Old 11-26-2011, 06:48 PM
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Well, I guess I won't be doing a short discussion of this one, since the forum won't let me upload my pictures....

http://www.vintagesaws.com/library/primer/sharp.html

http://www.fine-tools.com/G10001.htm

These two give a good overview. Enjoy....
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I think I was about 8 when I had my first experance being on a missory whip (a two man cross cut). By the time I was 10 I learned to sharpen it.
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I was never fond of those. I use a bow saw quite a bit, and my 46" one is pretty good for most things. As to the 'misery whip', my brother used to loaf a lot, and I didn't have a very good experience with that one....
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When I was a kid my dad had a setup where he could sharpen anything from a little file, circular saw blades to chainsaws. He taught me. I haven't done that in years. That's something I would think about doing again if there was money to be made. That's the question.
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Used to, there was a little shop in just about every town where one of the old timers would do this kind of work. Belsaw furnished a kit that would handle most kinds of saw, and http://www.belsaw.com/ they're still in business, which kinda surprises me. The site appears to handle mostly the planers and such these days, and not the saw sharpening kit. Pity, that....
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I saw a complete Belsaw setup in a garage sale a few weeks ago for
$100.00. You'd have to be really seriously into sharpening saws to
set up all that stuff.

One of the things that's happened is that now it's cheaper to buy a new
(Chinese made) saw than it is to get an old one sharpened.

But I'm sure that when Obama manages to turn America into Kenya, all of
the tole-painted misery whips will come down off the walls of the vacated
rustic yuppie restaurants, and we will be having at them with the
three-cornered files, forthwith...
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I do find it strange that it is cheaper just to buy a new blade or chain than to sharpen it yourself or have it sharpened. I got all into sharpening my chainsaw chains until I realized I could buy a lifetimes worth of new chains for way less than I would pay for a professional sharpening setup. and filing just doesn't get it like new. same goes for bow saw blades.
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I sharpen chainsaw chain, hand crosscut saws, bandmill blades, and even hardened bow saw blades. I find the satisfaction of creating a sharp tool is worth the effort. Also, perfection is not required, if it is sharper than it was, and I can still use it, fine.
I found I could sharpen hardened bow saw blades with an air power die grinder with the side of a small cut off disk. I just lightly brush the edge of the tooth with the spinning disk.
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I bought a cheap Harbor Freight Chinese sharpener.....and then sold it on craigslist, what junk.
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