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Keeping the Cutting Edge [Paperback]

Harold Payson
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Jan. 1 1995
Harold H. "Dynamite" Payson is a professional boatbuilder who specializes in light plywood construction, though in the past he build traditional plank-on-frame craft. Most of his boats-among them the famed Gloucester Light Dory and the Instant Boat series-are from the board of Philip C. Bolger. Many of the prototypes of Bolger's small boats have been built by Payson as part of their continuing association. Dynamite is a retired lobster fisherman, a saw sharpener, and the proprietor of H.H.Payson & Co., which offers boatbuilding plans for sale to the average boatbuilder. He is the author of Instant Boats, How to Build the Gloucester Light Dory, Go Build Your Own Boat!, Build the New Instant Boats, and a number of magazine articles. He lives and works in South Thomaston, Maine.


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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide to sharpening April 5 2000
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Format:Paperback
Payson's book is an excellent guide to sharpening all types of saws, from hand to table saw blades. Also covered are old fashioned saws for cutting down trees and bucking them. Japanese and carbide tipped blades are about the only types not covered, but that does not detract from the books utility. Clearly written and illustrated, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide to sharpening April 4 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Payson's book is an excellent guide to sharpening all types of saws, from hand to table saw blades. Also covered are old fashioned saws for cutting down trees and bucking them. Japanese and carbide tipped blades are about the only types not covered, but that does not detract from the books utility. Clearly written and illustrated, highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I really had hoped for more Nov. 13 2009
By Marc Britten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While this has some nice drawings in it which are a bit easier to see/understand compared to some of the online resources out there. I really had hoped for more, the entirety of the actual coverage of technique is about 2 paragraphs. The rest is the same technical details everyone else covers in practically the same language.

This also suffers from the same problem as the couple of the vintage works I have, the coverage of circular saw blades. I'm sure there are people out there who find this interesting, I find it gets in the way. I would like more indepth coverage of different techniques for different effects than coverage for steel circular saw blades. Different fleam, tooth angles and angle that defines the gullet all affect the wood differently and work well for various woods and situations.

You wouldn't know that if you read this.

This is a mediocre introduction to saw filing. It, however, is not all that people make it out to be.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed book on a singular topic March 10 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book pretty much covers sharpening handsaws soup to nuts with lots of illustrations and detail. Includes topic of rejuvinating old saws and creating your own handle.

It also has a few pages of detail on sharpening chainsaw blades as well as standard steel blades ( which is pretty dated with carbide tablesaw blades replacing steel blades )

Best book I've read on sharpening handsaws ( filing - setting - planing teeth level - etc.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not readily available info on saw sharpening Dec 12 2007
By K. Lapworth - Published on Amazon.com
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A thin book that gives you precisely and concisly everything that you want to know about saw sharpening at home. Just add experimentation and experience and you can enjoy sharp saws all the time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Feb. 24 2014
By TC in BG - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy the correct methods of using and mantaining new and old tools, especially bringing used tools
that have been discarded back to a usefull life
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