finally had a chance last weekend to finish up my
new table saw and put it to use. You can read
here about its origins. The last steps in the
process were to sharpen this strange little saw and
put her to some wood.
To start, I clamped the saw in my
vise and pondered how to go about sharpening the
Mixed teeth??? What the heck are
mixed teeth??? They are quite simply a mix of rip
and crosscut teeth… some have fleam, and some don’t.
It seems that there are straight rip teeth filed
every seventh tooth, and that seventh tooth also has
less rake just like a rip tooth.
The rest of the teeth appear to
have 15 degrees of rake and about 12 to 15 degrees
of fleam. And just in case you’re wondering, this is
the patented and factory correct geometry.
So, I figured the simplest way to
file the saw would be to file the rip teeth first,
then file the crosscutters. The teeth were already
well set, so I started by jointing the saw like any
other and then filing away the flats on the rip
You can see that I filed the front and back
of the rip tooth as well…
And finally the fleam to the right to finish it