Arts & Mysteries: The Mystery of Saw Teeth

Pitch, rake, fleam and set all contribute to the performance of your tool.
By Adam Cherubini
Pages: 28-30

From the October 2006 issue #157
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A recent review of dovetail saws in a competing magazine discussed the attributes of different saws as if their characteristics were mystically endowed by their manufacturers. I’m certain the top-rated sawmakers would approve of such a review. In reality, the performance of any saw is based primarily on the shape of its teeth. The following four attributes, pitch, rake, fleam and set, can tell you a great deal about how a saw will perform. By learning how a saw’s teeth make the cut, you’ll be able to choose a saw that will perform well for your work. If you sharpen your saws, you’ll need to know this information so you can make changes (or avoid making changes) to the performance of your saws.

From the October 2006 issue #157
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