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Posted on Need a dovetail saw

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#1 posted 01-12-2013 03:45 AM

In my experience, trying to go fast with a fine dozuki means you start bending and breaking off the teeth. They’re long and thin and they want to do things at the pace they want to do them… Besides, dovetails are mostly a ripping operation, so if you want to go eastern, get a fine double-sided ryoba. I have a relatively inexpensive one I got at Home Depot several years ago that I really like. I want to say it’s a Vaughan, but I’m too lazy to run to the basement and check right now. Anyway, they don’t carry it any more.

I also own the Veritas DT saw recommended above, and I’d say go for that, especially because western style is what you’re used to. Another option might be to tame the ragged-cutting saw you already have. I’m far from a sharpening expert, but I have done it a few times and it’s not hard. The files are cheap and likely available at your local hardware store, surprisingly. You can clamp the blade in a regular vise between a couple of 1×3’s – put a thin wood strip at the bottom so the sandwich pinches tighter at the top right at the teeth. It might be that a light stoning on the side to reduce the set (and unevenness of set) might get that saw to cut like you want.

You’ll be cutting like a pro by the time you finish all those drawers!

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