Dovetail Saw

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Project by Nugs posted 08-21-2013 02:20 AM 1924 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dovetail saw I built out of a kit. The kit came with the saw blade, brass back and brass bolts. I used a handle template I found online. I cut the blank out with a bandsaw and used forstner bits for the curves too tight for the saw. Most of the shaping was done with a rasp then hand sanded up the grits to a nice smooth finish.

The hardest part was cutting the seating for the saw, this had to be perfectly straight, as well as tight so the blade didn’t wobble. The only saw with I had with a thin enough kerf was my hack saw, I hacked away and somehow managed to keep it straight.

The handle is built out of bulletwood finished with shellac, I wet sanded the blade and brass to 600 to give it a nice sheen.

I did my first set of dovetails with this saw tonight, the saw cuts way better than any other saw I have. I’ll have to watch out though, I might get addicted to dovetailing and try my hardest to do dovetails wherever I can.

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 02:43 AM

Very nice looking saw—congratulations on a job well done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Rafe Demers

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 04:10 AM

Great job on this, would you mind sharing where you got the kit? 1 of those projects I have beed considering to do myself.

-- Rafe Demers

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 12:17 PM

Rafe Demers, I got the kit from Winsor Saw ( I have a tenon saw kit from them as well, I can’t wait to get started on it.

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 04:26 PM

You did yourself proud. I really like the look of the handle.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Don W

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 06:14 PM

excellent!! I really like the brass back.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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Rafe Demers

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#6 posted 08-22-2013 01:25 AM

Thanks for info, looking forward to seeing your tenon saw when its done. Keep up the great work!

-- Rafe Demers

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#7 posted 08-23-2013 09:18 PM

Great looking and sharp saw! Like the shape on the handle and your dovetails are perfect.


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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 08-29-2013 05:28 PM

COOL saw & handle!

Do you have a Link to the Kit?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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