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Saw Filing Templates

Something I am always asked for are the saw filing templates in PDF form that I made for my backsaw project.  They're the ones that are just lines on a page showing an angle to file a saw at or lines showing ppi to aid in cutting new teeth, like in this shot:

There were a few sizes missing - I made some additional templates to cover more sizes and angles, hopefully these will help you out.

I've compiled them all into one document and put them here:

Saw filing templates

They are all in PDF format - if you plot them without scaling them to fit the page (no scaling, in other words), they should print to scale properly.

EDIT:  For those daring types, here's a pair of progressive pitch templates, one for 6 ppi - 9 ppi Toe to Heel on a 9" (22.86cm) blade similar to Lie-Nielsen and another that is 7 – 13 PPI over 14” similar to their progressive-pitch filed tenon saw...

Progressive Saw Filing Templates

Have fun filing!


PS.  A discussion of saw files sizes is available here:

Understanding Saw File Sizing

Edit:  Pedder (Of Two Lawers Sawmakers fame) suggests for fine teeth such as 24 ppi "for everyone to try this: use a 24tpi hacksaw blade and a diamond triangular needle file. Just feel it.
or buy a zona saw. Cheaper than the file."

I have to agree, this is an easy method to use...

Also, as of this morning I've added 22 and 24 ppi sheets and a 5 degree angle sheet to the template...



Cool! It's really nice of you to share that.

Tico Vogt


Thank you very much, Leif, I've already used your templates in the past and I found them very useful.

Which software did you used to draw the lines?
Regards from Italy,


The lines were drawn in AutoCAD...