For friends and family. A few days ago some members of the family requested a photo tutorial on saw filing. I had reservations due to the fact that, while I consider myself a fairly competent saw sharpener, I don't get paid to do this. Everything I know about saws I learned from books, the Internet or hands on experience. If you are looking for a much more thorough and technical discussion of the fine art of saw filing, please, let me recommend you check out these web pages.
In addition to their saw filing information these sites have loads of goodies for galoots. It is my hope that my tutorial will remove some of the mystery surrounding this topic and give people the confidence to file their saws. One last thing before we begin. With the exception of the files you will see I have no money invested in any of my equipment. All of my tools and saws were given to me. Oh wait! I did pay $8.00 for my light (gloat). The saw in question is a 10" dovetail saw that I will be filing rip. And so lets go. First up tools.