Sharpening Lie-Nielsen Saw

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    Nathan Warren

    Hello everyone,

    I have been shopping around for a tenon saw to buy and after much searching and pricing, I broke the bank and bought a Lie-Nielsen 12″ tenon crosscut saw. Now my concern is money at the moment. I would like to sharpen my saw with Paul’s method, so that I can use it to do both, cross cuts and rip cuts with ease. As you all may know, Lie-Nielsen saws, like most other companies are specific to which task you will be doing.So my questions are:

    Could I sharpen my new Lie-Nielsen saw (when it comes time) with Paul’s method? Or is that not a good idea and would ruin what is a very nice saw? If I can, How would I go about resetting and resharpening the teeth? All suggestions will be appreciated.

    Rob Young

    Absolutely you can re-file the saw.  I believe that one is 11 point so it is still on the fine side.

    But I suggest that since you bought the cross-cut version, you leave it alone for a little bit.  It will work fine as a cross-cut (obviously) and you can rip with a cross-cut at the expense of efficiency.  The efficiency falls off the thicker the material you try to rip cut.

    Try it for a week or two or several dozen tenons and then decide what you want to do with it.

    Steve Follis

    Hey Nathan

    When you get ready to sharpen that saw, you will need a good saw vise.  Greg had a really nice on that he built and posted the plans for.  Check out this thread.

    Memphis, Tennessee

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