How to Sharpen a Crosscut Saw


Two-man crosscut saws are those big old-fashioned strips of metal with elaborate teeth and handles at both ends for two people. Today, you're more likely to see one hanging on a cabin wall as a decoration than actually being used on a tree, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be kept sharp. This plan for sharpening the teeth of these saws can be done in an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Workbench with two vises
  • Small metal or diamond file
  • Secure the saw in your two vises, teeth-side up.

  • Starting at one end, and on one side, hold the tip of your metal file against bevel of the first tooth on which the beveled side is facing you. Slide the file forward, letting it run off the end of the bevel and moving upward to the top of the tooth as you do. Repeat for any other bevels on that tooth that are facing you.

  • Skip one tooth to get to the next tooth on which the bevel is facing you, and repeat the process. Continue sharpening each tooth bevel on one side of the saw until you get to the other end.

  • Move the saw in your vises so the other bevels are facing you, and repeat the whole process on those bevels, until every tooth on the saw has been sharpened.

Tips & Warnings

  • Eye protection should be worn when filing metal, as metal filings can fly up at your face.

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