Handsaw Retoothing

I search my local antique stores at least every other week hopingsharpening handsaw to find a great deal on some old tool. I also like seeing the prices sometimes and the difference in what people charge. Recently I stumbled upon 3 handsaws. one was a Warrented Superior, another was a Disston, and the last was a Craftsman. The latter was the cheapest at $4.50, but not by much. The other two, and the ones I was actually looking at, were only $5 a piece. I passed on them the first week, but kept thinking about it the next 7 days and I eventually picked them up. The Disston is in good shape and has already been cutting. It just needs a facelift and maybe a new handle when I have nothing else going on. The Warrented Superior, however, was not in the best of shape.

The teeth on this saw were completely worn out, but still very visible. Tonight bad vs good teethI decided to start tackling the retoothing and sharpening of this saw. The height of the teeth varied greatly so I had to first joint all the teeth to the same height. This went quick and didn’t give any problems. I was able to quickly move onto defining the teeth again so they could be properly sharpened. This took roughly and hour and a half, but the teeth are all the same height again. If the photo you can can the difference from the good teeth and then the teeth that were jointed. If you look closely at the jointed side you can see how flat some teeth were made and then some teeth are just barely touched. Look forward to more photo’s of the finished saw.

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