Reply To: Refining Spear & Jackson Saws


I have refined the S&J cross cut panel saw’s handle by looking at Paul’s post and using a pencil to free hand draw the curves. It took an afternoon going slow and steady but it was relatively easy to do. I also sharpened it and converted it from cross cut to rip cut. That was fairly easy as well. Paul’s book on essential hand tools has an excellent section on how to sharpen saws (though the same info can be had in his blogs and YouTube posts). I left the handle on as well while doing it. For anyone who wants to do it and feel reluctant, just go for it. It’s not that difficult.