If we talk about engine-less tools, no tool or product can ever cut through wood across the grain as quickly and effortlessly as a sharp saw. But with all the glory comes a price; when your saw gives you the comfort of using it to your benefit, it also asks you to take care of it and maintain it properly.

Now, I know maintaining and taking care of a saw can seem like such a big deal, but in reality, there are only a few steps that you have to take and the thing you have to do. Down here, I have made a list of 5 tips for how you can sharpen your saw and maintain it properly!

5 Tips for Saw Sharpening & Maintenance 

Try to keep it out of Moisture 

The first step you have to take in order to take care of your saw is to keep it out of moisture and wet places to avoid getting any rust on it. Keep your saw in a dry place, preferably a toolbox, to prevent rust.

Oil your blade 

Every time you are done with using your blade, make sure you lubricate it with gun oil; you can also use paste wax or WD-40 before storing your saw after work. If you are using paste wax, make sure you wipe it off after a few minutes and then proceed to store your blade.

Lubricate the handle 

If your saw has a wooden handle, make sure you oil your handle every now and then with any available oil to keep it safe from all the dust and dirt. If your handle has a rough finish, first sand your handle a little to make it even and then oil it.

Remove Rust 

If you maintain your blade well, it may never catch rust; but in case it does, a razor blade can help you get rid of it. Remove the handle of your blade and lay it flat on your working surface. Scrape the rust of your saw blade carefully by going up and down the blade while keeping your razor at a low angle. If you encounter any hard spots, feel free to sand them. Once you are done with taking the rust off your blade, wipe it down with a dry cloth and then oil it.

Sharpen your Saw 

  • When sharpening the blade, you will start working your way down the blade vertically, counting each stroke. Remember that you might have to file more strokes if your blade is duller and less if your blade is maintained every now and then.
  • Next, make sure all the teeth in your blade are of the same length; file down any longer ones too!
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