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#1 posted 06-28-2011 01:27 PM

RGTOOLS – Sorry I forgot to answer your question about the blades on the two fret saws. Tension isn’t a problem, but make sure you get the right blades. For removing dovetail waste you want 12.5tpi skip tooth blades. Yo have to order these separately as the saw is fitted with a different blade when it arrives. Unlike a coping saw, you can’t rotate the blade relative to the frame. Instead you insert the 12.5tpi skp tooth blade, tension it and then twist the blade at each end with a pair of pliers. I’m left-handed, so I hold the saw vertically in my left hand and the pliers in my right hand and twist the blade about 20 degrees to the right. Twisting the blade at both ends enables you to remove the waste from dovetails regardless of the width of the wood. If you are right-handed, you would twist the blade to the left.

As to how the blades hold up. Very well. Don’t get me wrong, they are easy to break, but if you are careful, the blades will stay sharp for a long time and they remove the waste very quickly.

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