|My Briggs Patent Saw File Guide
Patented in 1919
|The File Gets clamped In The Bottom
This tool allows you to choose the rake and fleam you want to use when sharpening your saws. You dial the angles in on the jig and then clamp it to the end of any triangular file and away you go. Just keep the wings parallel and level to the line of the saw and you get perfect results every time. The prototype I was building was more a copy of the original (patented in 1919) whereas Lee Valley did an excellent job giving it a much sexier design and an all aluminum chassis. I opted for a solid brass body, with a stainless steel thumbscrew and a Lignum Vitae grip (it would have ended up being maple or apple after I ran out of my limited stock of Lignum).
|Solid Brass Construction With A Lignum Vitae Handle
|You Can See The Rotating Outer Ring For Setting Rake Here, Which
Moves In Concert With The Set Of Wings For Fleam
|The Setup On My Prototype Was The Same As The Original
Like a dunce, I didn't race to the engravers to have my markings put on the guides I was making as soon as I had the prototype finished. I wanted to be able to do everything in my shop which meant waiting and searching for a machine that would allow me to engrave the tubular brass guides. I tried to do it by hand but it was an utter failure (as can be seen in the photos of my prototype). Again, fortunately for woodworkers, Lee Valley doesn't have any problem engraving their tools accurately. I am both excited and saddened by this arrival from Lee Valley and if you don't own one, get one...it'll be worth it, I promise.
|Here's How It All Fits Together