And when they get dull, they throw them away, right? WRONG! They get them sharpened? WRONG AGAIN! They sharpen them themselves, with a file. And they set them. Most people have never even heard of setting a saw, or know what a “sawset” is. Quick definition: the sawset is a thing used to bend the saw teeth out a little after they are sharpened. It makes the slot that the saw cuts a bit wider than the blade, so the blade doesn’t rub while going through the wood. If this seems interesting to you, select this link for a condensed (600-word) summary of a four-way discussion on sawsets, courtesy of Mike Davies.
And, believe it or not, there are those who are interested in HOW a saw cuts. Hmmm, the teeth rub the wood off? Not quite... To learn more about the subject, select this link and receive Steve LaMantia's 2300-word treatise on the difference between a Rip Saw and a Cross-Cut Saw.
But the very nature of the subject matter gives one the opportunity to play practical jokes on the participants. For a lighthearted look at an imaginary joinery technique that I tried to foist upon the group, take a look at the Viking Files.