Recutting and Resizing Saw Teeth

Recutting Teeth

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No matter the reason, this video show you how simple it is to cut new saw teeth in any handsaw. Yes, that means from small dovetail saws to the largest hand saws you have. If you have a saw you ruined, then file off the teeth and reach for your junior hacksaw. You are on your way to a saw tooth recut you won’t regret no matter the maker old and new.


  1. bobeaston on 12 December 2014 at 7:08 pm

    This method works BEAUTIFULLY. I used the method recently to create a plate for a “kerfing plane.” It’s a straightforward method, easy, and produces fine results.

  2. Michael Barnes on 12 December 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I swear blind I’ve seen this video already but it says it’s new….

    • Michael Barnes on 12 December 2014 at 7:21 pm

      I’ve found out why I’ve already seen it….it was a freebie video on the YouTube channel a few months ago.

      • Randy Anderson on 12 December 2014 at 9:21 pm

        No swearing here, please! 😀

        A very enjoyable video, indeed. I hope there will be a nice saw under the Christmas tree this year for me.

  3. Ian Stewart on 12 December 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Inspiring, as you always are Paul! Thanks for those little details that make this such a great technique, like tapering the lead in to the teeth of the hacksaw blade. BTW, what hacksaw blades do you use, and how fine was that blade please?
    My little dovetail saw needs some remedial work, having been badly sharpened in an attempt to do fleam angle etc. which it shouldn’t have. I may just go ahead and start from scratch using this method, to make it a very fine rip cut..

  4. david o'sullivan on 12 December 2014 at 11:27 pm

    i have a saw waiting for this treatment but am still practising on my larger tooth saws it took me a while to get into the rhythm of filing an .excellent and well thought out presentation .thank you

  5. adrian on 12 December 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks, Paul, I too am making a kerfing saw blade plane. Is “The final tweeking” covered in your regular saw sharpening video? Or do you have other aspects to enlighten us with later?

    • Philip Adams on 16 December 2014 at 11:47 am

      The final tweaking is indeed in the ‘Saw Sharpening’ video.
      All the best,

  6. John Brand on 13 December 2014 at 1:18 am

    Although I had seen this video previously on Y tube I was again struck by the simplicity of your teaching methods. I am in awe of your ability to make the difficult task a simple matter of approach, technique and performance. Thank you for making my wood working experience not only more enjoyable by following your techniques but more productive and safe by always using a sharp tool which has been improved by your methods.

    • MartyBacke on 13 December 2014 at 3:20 am

      Recycling free content on a paid channel. Hmmm.

      • Michael Barnes on 13 December 2014 at 12:49 pm

        I have to admit that I thought the same at first but then I thought about it and decided that they don’t have to do any of these videos really…we had the project video this week already so this was just a bonus really….still I would have liked for this to have been released on the paid channel first rather than the free youtube channel.

      • Ed Minch on 13 December 2014 at 9:49 pm

        I got it for free here – you can choose not to pay the premium price.

      • pnj2411 on 14 December 2014 at 11:41 pm

        Come on Marty. We already get regular weekly episodes with occasional bonuses. Yes it was “free content” but only because of the generosity that led Paul to publish on Youtube in the first place. I’m very happy to have had the prompt to rewatch this, and to have it categorised with related content here.

      • stevewales on 24 October 2015 at 10:08 pm

        I know this is an old thread, but I don’t think the original complaint/negative comment has been properly teased out for the sake of others finding their way here after the point.
        Possibly Marty browsed the free section of this website (like i have been doing recently), was encouraged by what he saw and became a premium member.
        Paul being the honest man he is, has often stated that as a working Craftsman his goal is to earn a living (I have the feeling that even he is somewhat overwhelmed by the effect he is having on so many people in this his newest venture)
        This being so, Paul would obviously need to keep feeding new material into his ‘Free View’ content – Nobody is going to join up if the content they are seeing is years out of date.
        Moreover a successful Interweb enterprise like this doesn’t just spring up, Paul gathered a Big following on Youtube, by making videos for no personal monetary remuneration. He built up viewers that then became his first paying members.
        He will continue to produce content that will go on Youtube and the free member area to grow his business. It will be available to paying members by default and as an adjunct to the learning cycle.
        I have seen a number of Youtube videos that paul has actually’ ‘Recycled’, In that he has re-edited/ reshot Youtube sequences to use in this arena. I have been following his blog and these Recycles are done to answer questions by viewers/members — to be fair, He’s hardly going to re-shoot the whole video again.
        I’ve read comments from members describing Paul’s videos as ‘therapeutic’ . I will soon be paying the equivalent of $15 for my therapy — less than a minute’s worth of a Psychologists time.
        (I do not know Paul or have ever met him. I have no other reason to write this, except to speak on behalf of Paul who as a matter of course would have remained silent — I hope You forgive me the impudence of speaking for you.)

  7. gvharvey on 13 December 2014 at 3:58 am

    Paul, thanks so much for your guidance and encouragement. I have purchased several old back saws that I am refurbishing for dovetails and tenons. This is invaluable guidance in this effort.

    Initially, my purchase of the saws was just so that I could begin the transition from Woodworking Machinery Operator to Woodworker, but as I looked at these beautiful old tools that had been neglected, it just broke my heart. I determined that I had the skills, patience, and determination to give them a new life.

    So, my first task to is refurbish neglected saws, chisels, planes, augurs, and other tools that I have purchased on eBay. It appears that refurbishing old tools will become as song a passion as woodworking.

    The second task will be to build my workbench. And I’ll follow your plans for that. All the other workbench plans I have studied violate Sellers Law: “Workbenches should always be as simple as possible.”

    Thanks again for all your help.


  8. gvharvey on 13 December 2014 at 4:00 am

    Make that ̶