Trying to figure out which saw suites me better: the Veritas Dovetail Saw or Japanese Dovetail Saw. Made 15+ strokes of each to find out. I actually prefer the Veritas because less strokes and less tearout on the frontside (or maybe it’s my sawing technique).
This weekend was set aside to learn dovetail freehand saw skills. I still have a ways to go, but I am getting more comfortable cutting along the lines. I still have a problem when it comes to laying out the pins. Laying the tails on top of the pins all nice and flush, then using my dovetail marking knife, I “lightly” score the top but sometimes, the knife has a minds of it’s own and goes awry. I might resort to using my pencil instead.
I also have a problem keeping flatness between the tails. I use my marking gauge to set a cut line for the chisels so I have a knife wall all set. I even over tilt the chisel slightly to 91 or 92 degrees. To my eyes, it looks flat. But then I assemble and a noticeable gap appears sometimes. I’ll try clamping a 2”x 2” block of wood to assist with keeping 90 degrees.
I know this will be cured after more weeks of practice.
(don’t mind the inaccurate heights and super-gaps, my marking gauge slipped 1/8” and the super gaps were from the false pin knife scores)
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