Dovetail Saw

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Project by Woodfix posted 01-10-2012 08:56 AM 2032 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the third year running I have attended the summer school at Sturt. For those of you who don’t know, Sturt is a craft school located in a town called Mittagong in the Southern Highlands between Sydney (Australia) and Canberra (the nations capital). This year the Summer School boasted of being the largest craft workshop of its type in Australia. There were over 200 students doing everything from ‘Making a Coffee Table’ to ‘Weaving’ and ‘Painting’.

The course I completed was making a Dovetail Saw. The photos above don’t do it justice and while I am probably biased it is a truly beautiful tool. Even better it actually works. The attached photos show a dovetail cut with this saw and I do not lie when I say there was no paring of the faces (only the shoulders).

There were only four students and we were instructed by Paul Nicholson. A great group of guys and a lot of fun to be around for the week (Corydon, Me, Leon and Paul. Mark was not available on the last day for this photo). The last photo is of all of our saws, including Paul’s (except Mark’s). See if you can pick it. Mine is on the right.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 03:02 PM

Now that is something I would really enjoy. Congrats on your new saw!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 03:46 PM

That sounds very cool. Can you go into a little bit of detail on what all you did in the class?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 03:50 PM

Very nice. Did you actually cut the saw teeth in to the steel or was that already done?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 04:42 PM

That’s so cool ,thanks for sharing.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 09:36 PM

A thing of beauty is a joy forever…I am really impressed…well done…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 04:01 AM

How special. Very nice. Only a very few can ever say that they have made their own saw.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 06:00 AM

Fantastic! I’m about to foray into the saw-making world myself soon – I hope my attempts are half this good! Thanks for sharing.

-- Brian

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 05:02 PM

What a wonderful saw you have made!
That seems like a wonderful place to take classes, and then ending up with your own saw is a reat treat.
Did you set and sharpen the teeths also?
Good luck with the saw.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 01-13-2012 01:12 AM

Very nice saw !.......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 01-13-2012 02:38 AM

Great job.
That course is a great investment indeed.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 01-25-2012 10:28 AM

How did I miss this Doug? That’s a beautiful saw you made. Did you shape and sharpen the teeth as well or was that done for you?

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#12 posted 09-10-2012 06:53 PM

Did u start with a blade, or file it too?
All gorgeous saws…..

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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