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    Speaking of saws.

    I own a few Veritas saws, Dovetail tenon and carcass. I think the dovetail cuts great but the other 2 are not as I hoped. I never sharpened them and wonder if I should have before using them, like plane blades. I've sharpened a number of carpenter saws with good success but these fine teeth scare me. I just wonder if I went to the trouble of sharpening these hardly used saws, should I see an improvement from factory.

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    There IS a rumour going round...that IF you mail the saws back to Veritas..they will sharpen them for you....not sure about shipping $$ or what they would charge...

    I have trouble seeing any teeth finer than 9ppi...then they start to be a blurry mess...
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    I bought the requisite files for sharpening them and will have a go at it one day. I just wonder how good a job they do straight from the factory. What are others thoughts that have bought these saws. I find them difficult to start.

    Paul Sellers showed an interesting technique for making them start easier by partially filling the first 6 or more teeth down. I may try that.

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    Afraid most of my saws are either Disstons, Atkins, Richardsons and the like...

    Main saw vise is from about 1900 era,
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    I find them difficult to start.
    Richard, of all the companies from which we are able to purchase tools, almost all, except Lee Valley (Veritas), mention the blades may need some honing. Lee Valley blades usually warn to be careful as the blade is sharp.

    To the best of my knowledge most new saws are shipped ready to go. There are some individual makers who may ship saws unsharpened at the buyer's request.

    A sharp saw can be more difficult to start than a dull saw. Specifically, a sharp saw is grabbing the work where a dull saw will slide over the work.

    A technique that might help is to use the heal of your hand against the lower horn on the saw's handle to slightly lift the saw's plate to barely touch the wood. Use the thumb and forefinger of the other hand against the side of the saw as a guide.

    Is your carcass saw filed rip?

    Rip saws can be harder to start than a crosscut saw in some situations.

    Before filing the first few teeth down you might try giving them some fleam to help get them started.

    You might also consider the rake of the teeth. A saw filed with 0 rake will be much harder to start than a saw with 10 or 15 of rake.

    You could try a more relaxed rake on the first inch of teeth. The less rake a saw's teeth has, the faster it cuts. Though it is more difficult to start. The more rake, the easier to start and it cuts a little slower.

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    Last edited by Jim Koepke; 11-14-2023 at 4:14 PM.
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    I have no idea about the carcass saw. I need to get out my magnifiers but, I know it sucks at cross cutting. Probably a clue.

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    If one is hard to start, back up across a corner until there is a flat big enough for several teeth to ride on. I like no rake for a rip saw, but I need to start all of them like that.

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    Richard, I have those. When they were new, they were really grabby and they still are but you get used to them. Really light touch to start the cut, almost float the saw over the cut and they'll cut really nice.

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    I have to agree with John. I had to replace most of my saws recently, and this year got a bunch from Veritas, five if I recall correctly. No way could I ever see well enough to take a file to any of them, my 73rd B-day is in a week or so, and I suffer from Macular Degeneration, according to the eye doc... I envy anyone who can do that, at this point in my life.

    In starting the cut with these new saws, I, like you, had to wonder why they were so hard to start. I just kept at them, modifying my approach until I found a sweet spot, and went from there. Each filing seems to have it's own sweet spot, but they all have had one, for me. Give that a try, I hope it ends up as well for you as it did for me. These things came from the factory as sharp as any saw I have used in the last 50 years, and cut like wildfire once you get a kerf started. A couple of strokes, many times, and you're there. Hope your mileage don't vary... Best of luck,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kananis View Post
    Richard, I have those. When they were new, they were really grabby and they still are but you get used to them. Really light touch to start the cut, almost float the saw over the cut and they'll cut really nice.
    "Float" is one of the very few words Grandpa used when he showed me how to saw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice Mcmurry View Post
    "Float" is one of the very few words Grandpa used when he showed me how to saw.
    Yes, coax the teeth to "float" on the surface being cut. Once it gets going, let the weight of the saw do the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    Yes, coax the teeth to "float" on the surface being cut. Once it gets going, let the weight of the saw do the work.

    jtk
    "let the weight of the saw do the work." A few more of Grandpas few words. I guess I am lucky to have been around carpenters my whole life. I hope my elbow feels lucky again when I get up my courage to have it sawn out, thrown away, and replaced with titanium.
    Last edited by Maurice Mcmurry; 11-15-2023 at 6:51 AM.
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    That doesn't sound like fun. Good luck on that. I'm still recovering from knee surgery. A simple meniscus debreedment. I hope to get back in the shop soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Hutchings View Post
    That doesn't sound like fun. Good luck on that. I'm still recovering from knee surgery. A simple meniscus debreedment. I hope to get back in the shop soon.
    Thank you! Best wishes to you as well. One Doctor was gung-ho to give me the procedure in 2017. Another says wait until I am 65 and hopefully the procedure will have improved by then. I am actually getting along just fine as long as I avoid doing certain things. Hand saw being one of them. I am learning to saw with both hands on pull type saws.
    Best Regards, Maurice

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    I had their 3 piece set. They were nicely made but I felt so much more comfortable with a $30 pull saw so I sold them.

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