BLTWW 02: Saw Vise

Sunday, June 26, 2011

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In this episode I show you how to make a simple wooden saw vase based off the design from the Norse Woodsmith blog.  A saw vise is an essential piece of equipment for saw sharpening. Without one it’s virtually impossible to support the saw correctly while filing the teeth.  Unfortunately, buying a new or used vise is easily the most expensive part of getting started in an otherwise cheap endeavor.  Building a shop made vise is a workable alternative that lowers the barrier to entry.

Hardware Used

Saw Sharpening Links

Hand Tool School

A great resource for leaning hand tool techniques.  The most recent lesson (semester 2 lesson 1) is all about sharpening and has some great info on saw sharpening at the end.


Vintage Saws’ Saw Filing–A Beginner’s Primer

A veritable treatise on saw filing with the beginner in mind.  This is how I learned to sharpen saws.


Hand Saw Sharpening DVD by Tom Law

Lots of good information on saw sharpening.  This is obviously a transfer from VHS and the video quality suffers here.  Hard to get a good visual feel of the process.

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