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#1 posted 10-24-2012 04:16 AM


Saw size within reason is a non-issue. Filed rip is important, sharp and proper set with a tote that fits your hand is also important but just like all my wives have told me, size not so much. I have a beautiful little 8” Adria dovetail saw that’s very sharp and cuts a clean kerf. Ninety percent of the time I will pick up one of my bigger saws, a 12” or even a 14” backsaw, to cut a set of dovetails, they are just easier for me to use. I would guess if I were making very small, delicate, boxes the smaller saw would be used more.

I have a set of the Veritas saws, ugly as a pair of granny drawers but about the best value in a very good saw you will find, a touch too much set out of the box but that’s true of most new saws and easy to fix. For the price of one Bad Axe saw you can have a near full set of rip, crosscut, and dovetail saws. BTW, I own Bad Axe saws but I admit I’m a sucker for beauty and the feel of a really well made tool.

I’ve never used a Wenzloff saw, but they look like a very nice saw and I wouldn’t hesitate a minute over buying their carcass saw filed rip for use as a dovetail saw.

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