How to Sharpen Like a Bad Axe with Mark Harrell July 20-21, 2019


Key Points:
*Saw maintenance techniques
*How to clean a sawplate and retension a vintage backsaw
*DIY horn & cheek repair
*Terms of reference and tooth geometry
*Saw nomenclature and terms of reference
*Saw geek tooth geometry for rip, x-cut and hybrid-filing
*Backsaw disassembly and assembly
*Remove, remount and adjust the traditional folded sawback
*Tooth a saw plate and shape the tooth line
*How to push the file: brush, grind, brush
*Why stoning the tooth line is important

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If you can take apart an old vintage Bailey No. 5 jack plane (who hasn’t?), then you can certainly break down, clean, maintain and sharpen, and retension a traditional backsaw. Whether you bring Grandpa’s family heirloom or your latest flea-market find to the class, Mark shows you how to breathe new life into your saw that will see at least another century’s service, using common sense cleaning and maintenance techniques. This is followed by straightforward sharpening practices using what Mark terms ‘the clock-method’ of sharpening, rather than getting hung up on arcane geometric angles. By the end of the course, you will know how to keep a fresh edge on your old saw, simply by demystifying what too many hand tool enthusiasts view as a complicated black art. This seminar is about 20% theory, and 80% practical application, so come ready to get to work!

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There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.