Crosscut Saw Sharpening

For a tool designed to shred and dismember, crosscut saw sharpening requires a surprising amount of finese. Here's a guide to help you get it right.

| November/December 1979

Reprinted from Crosscut Saw Manual by Warren Miller (available for $1.50 from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office).  

Opinions vary among saw filers as to the order of steps followed in crosscut saw sharpening. Guidelines offered by saw companies differ significantly. After examining the reasons for the different orders, I've concluded the following sequence is preferable.

Cleaning: removing rust or pitch.

Hammering: straightening a saw if it has bumps, kinks, or twists in it.

Jointing: the means by which the tips or all the cutter teeth are made to conform to the circle of the saw.

Raker fitting: includes shaping the raker gullet and swaging and sharpening the raker.

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