The Fault in Our Saw Blades

6 Jan

It was summer and I was building a little woodhouse for my daughter and while cutting timber in equal sizes, I noticed that the planks were not coming out perfect.

I could not understand the reason until I observed my Saw blade. I realized that I had been working with the same saw for a long time and due to that the teeth of the saw lost their sharpness.

saw blades

You must know that it is very important for you to check your saw before starting any project. These teeth can make a lot of difference. Bad or unsharpened teeth can result to unclear cuts, leaves ragged or chipped-out edges.

So what you can do is dip your saw blade in a big pan like a pizza pan, filled with saw cleaner. After the saw is cleaned, you must observe the saw teeth with a magnifying glass. First the top, front, and then edges of a few teeth.

You may have noticed that each tooth has two cutting edges. The first is where the top and front surfaces of the tooth come together. And the second is where the side(s) and front of the tooth come together. These edges are where the actual cutting takes place. 

If the edges of your saw look really used up and old, its time for you to sharp your saw. But if you are confused you can test it on a wooden plank, observe the wooden plank closely after using your saw on it. The feel and the look of the sawed plank is what you must observe. If you find any chip out or raggedness on the edge, just go and sharp your saw.

After sharpening the edge again test check it, if you don’t find any chip-out and raggedness on the edges its time for you to practice second observation.

The cutted end should be shiny and feel like it’s been sanded and if the cutted end doesn’t meets the two obligations sharp your saw again until you get the desired result.

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