Finding Files and Other Saw Sharpening Tips
I've been getting a few questions lately on saw files - what to get, and where to get them, mostly. Here's some highlights from those correspondences that others might find useful.
I've found that Nicholsen saw files are getting to be poorer quality - though they will still do in a pinch, most certainly... I have many boxes of older Nicholsens that will keep me in files for quite a while. For new, I recommend Grobet files personally, though I've seen Daryl Weir recommend Bahco files, and with the immense skill he has in sharpening a saw I wouldn't doubt his word at all.
EDIT: Pedder (of Two Lawyers Sawmakers) in a comment below mentions:
The best source for saw files in europe is Dieter Schmid's fine-tools.com
Grobet files (labled F. Dick)
Thanks Pedder! I had completely forgotten about that company... For everyone else - take a look at Pedder's offerings - they are an up and coming pair of sawmakers whose work is amongst the best I've seen...
Just so you know, I am working on getting a supplier lined up for selling saw files through this website at some time in the future... We'll have to see if it works out, but watch here for updates.
While I'm at it, here's a few links and images from previous articles on Norse Woodsmith:
Lines drawings with spacings for saw teeth in PDF format:
Here's a recommened list of files for ppi/tpi of saws - compiled and consolidated from several sources:
For sizing a particular file to a particular tooth size - this is the general rule of thumb you want to follow:
On an entirely different subject:
A request was made in my last entry something similar to "no pictures, didn't happen"... so here is a portion of Neil Young's "Down By The River" accompanied by me on one of the guitars I made,,,
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No apologies for the player's abilities - he's trying his best, mind you. You should be able to tell which guitar it is I'm playing pretty easily (it is Mjöllnir, BTW).