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  • Best way to sharpen dovetail saw?

    Can anyone recommend a good way to sharpen a dovetail or similiar saw?

    The only thing I can think of is to hone it with a diamond blade.

    Regard,

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    Re: Best way to sharpen dovetail saw?

    if it is of the Japanese style with the hardened teeth they do not sharpen well. If it is like a 'gent' type hand saw try here and here

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      Re: Best way to sharpen dovetail saw?

      Thanks Wayne,

      Both these sites have excellent information and it seem to be not too intimidating.

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        Re: Best way to sharpen dovetail saw?

        I sharpen mine using a #4 slim taper file. I have tried cross-cut and rip profile, and have had good luck with both. For soft wood like poplar or pine, the cross-cut profile works best for me. For hardwood, a fairly aggressive angle on a rip profile goes quickest, but dulls quickly also, and is more difficult to start the cut. The hardest part for me is getting an even kerf set on the teeth so it cuts true. I usually over set them and end up running an arkansas stone down the side to true it up. Still tryin' to get good at it.

        Just my experience

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        Practicing at practical wood working

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          Re: Best way to sharpen dovetail saw?

          Thanks Gofor, the more information the better!

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