Hand Tool Training #2: dovetail 2 and 3

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 256 days ago 579 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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learning as i go. my sawing technique is 1/16th off: my forward stroke is not inline with my backward stroke. i also learned to mark the waste every time, after the first time. the first picture, i used knife walls. but not in the second. unsure why the knife walls didnt work out. i’ll learn eventually. anybody else get tennis elbow using dovetail saws and fret saws?

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#1 posted 256 days ago

Try not sawing right next to the lines and then shave with your chisel to the lines. More control that way. Eventually you will get better with the saw, but for the time being it’s better to error on the side of caution.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 256 days ago

it just feels like i have no precise control with this japanese saw. i’m going to order the veritas dovetail saw this week and see how it feels differently

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#3 posted 256 days ago

Which Japanese saw are you using?

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#4 posted 256 days ago

Gyokucho (5 saws in a set). i’m using the Gyokucho #370 handle & blade. this is one of those $5 auction buys i got lucky with :)

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#5 posted 215 days ago

I am totally new to this site and new to being serious about woodworking. I came on this post.. opened it up and low and behold… I see a box that looks IDENTICAL to my box! When I say identical.. I mean it even has the same pencil marks on it! LOL. I will be following this post.

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