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Filing rakers

Postby Highway Bob » June 11th, 2016, 7:51 pm

I have always had a problem filing rakers. Hard for me to tell when the flat spot left after jointing "just disappears", then after swaging and filing to the final depth, , did I get rid of that flat spot so the raker tip isn't a "sled runner". Then I remembered my old (had it a looong time) 30x handheld illuminated microscope. What a serendipitous discovery! Now I have a way to be precise when doing those operations. I don't have to be fast but I do like to be precise, which is what we are after in the end.
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Re: Filing rakers

Postby Jim_Thode » June 12th, 2016, 8:50 am

I think you are correct Bob, if you can not see a tiny spot of light on a raker or cutter or confirm a razor sharp edge on the same you can't do a good job of sharping. I had not seen the pocket microscope before but I use a head mounted magnifier.
Here are some ideas on lighting and viewing a saw when sharping: ... Filing.htm

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