|Wood Harvesting with Hand Tools - An Illustrated Training Manual (ILO, 1989, 128 p.)|
A filing vice holds the saw firmly in position during maintenance. Peg-tooth saws are held vertically. Filing vices for raker-tooth saws must hold the saw-blade firmly in vertical and oblique positions that can be easily changed. Opening and closing should be easy. Saw vices must have a length of at least 50 cm, preferably more. They must be steady. The saw should be held at the height of the worker's elbow allowing a comfortable working position whether he is standing or sitting.
A filing vice can easily be made from a standing tree of no or little commercial value sawn off at elbow height. As required, vertical and oblique cuts are made into the stump. The saw can be firmly held in these cuts by using small wooden wedges (1).
The Swedish saw vice (2) is built of two boards (2a) enclosing a wedge-shaped centre piece (2b) and connected by three leather straps (2c). Four wooden legs (2d) are screwed on to these boards. When the vice is erected, the saw is held between one of the two boards and the centre piece in a vertical or oblique position.
The Swedish saw vice can be made easily from locally-available materials and is easily transportable.