December 16, 2013

The Stand-All Saw Sharpener

Recently I learned of another mass-produced hand saw sharpener, the Stand-All, and here is what I have learned so far. I you have owned a Stand-All or know more about it, please contact me. 

Stanley Elias Matias Standal (1901-1958) was a Spokane, Washington inventor who patented a variety of items, primarily for industrial woodworking. Standal was a naturalized US citizen born in South Africa, and most of his patents were received in the early 1950s. His executrix, Elizabeth V. Standal, continued to apply for and receive patents for his inventions into the 1960s. For example, one patent was for an “inserted saw tooth with chip deflecting lip”.

A patent application gives Standal’s home address as 1302 15th St. (Ave.?) in Spokane, and his business was at 902 Normandie St., Spokane, a former industrial area near the Spokane River which is now office buildings and parking lots.

Stanley Standal filed for a patent November 5, 1951 for a “saw tooth forming and sharpening machine”, and patent number 2,675,717 was awarded April 20, 1954.
Link to Google Patents

Moon's Saw Shop, selling through Amazon, carries the 7" X 1/8" grinding wheels for the Model 7 Stand-All. Saw Sharpening Wheels

Here are photos from an October 2013 Craigslist ad for a Stand-All for sale in Oct. 2013:

Archived 1999 posts from SHARPNET on the Stand-All


  1. This was my husbands Grandfather who invented these things.

  2. This was my Great Grandfather. He also invented the chainsaw and sold it to McCulloch for mass production.

  3. Which means that You and Greg Standal must be

  4. From 1972-1998 I worked for the company that made these. The term "mass produced" caught me off guard. Every one of these machines was lovingly put together by Earl. Eventually he taught Ray, who took over the production of them until he retired.
    There is mention above of the grinding wheels. The machine spun the wheels so fast that we had every one of them special balanced. Once in a while the manufacturer didn't get them balanced correctly. Every time a shipment of wheels came in we pulled a few from the box to test them. Earl would put his face shield on and sit behind a shield and turn the machine on. Most of the time everything was good. When they were off balance however, they came apart so violently that pieces flew all over the shop. Reading about this brings back so many fun memories of working there.

  5. I just picked up one of these a few weeks ago. Made a video of it here:

    Gerri, if you have any manuals or any insight I'd greatly appreciate it.