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#1 posted 10-24-2012 01:59 AM

Dovetailing is a rip cut, so if you are buying a dovetail saw to actually cut dovetails, get one filed rip.

Unless you are building a Roubo, you will probably be cutting 1/2 or 3/4 material 99% of the time, which is why dovetail saws typically are 9 or 10 inches with less than 2” of blade under the back. Lie-Nielsen makes a nice one (I have one and like it) and Veritas makes a very inexpensive one. I’ve never handled a Veritas, but perhaps some others here can comment on their quality. I have a number of other Veritas products and have never been disappointed. If you want a real quality saw, get a Bad Axe. Not cheap, but then neither is a Ferrari. I just got two Bad Axe saws, a sash and a tenon, and am delighted so far. One of Mark’s dovetail saws is on my Christmas wish list.

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