|Review by Mike Lingenfelter||posted 03-21-2008 05:41 AM||2766 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
I watch a lot woodworking DVDs and Rob Cosman’s are some of my favorites. If you are just starting out with your dovetail education, I recommend that you start with this DVD first. Rob doesn’t show how to cut dovetails in this DVD, it’s all about the dovetail saw. This DVD if very unique in that regard. There aren’t any other DVDs out there, that I have found, that are dedicated to a topic like the dovetail saw.
Rob covers just about everything you need to know about the dovetail saw and how to use it. He starts out by comparing a “cheap” saw and a “high-end” saw, and why you want to spend the money on a nicer saw. He covers sharpening the saw and discuses the set on a saw. He doesn’t go into setting the teeth on the saw. Setting the teeth might be beyond most people’s abilities or interest.
He then talks about the proper grip. Rob talks about having a pretty light grip. I always felt you needed a somewhat firm grip on your saws. To quote Oprah, it was an “aha moment” when I figured out the light grip. Yes, I watch a lot TV with my wife ?. That one tip has found its way into all my hand tools. I can’t believe how much control I have developed with all of my hand tools, by just taking a lighter grip.
He shows you his 5-Ps of sawing. I’ll let you watch the DVD to find out what the 5-Ps are. He gives an exercise you can do to practice your sawing and the 5-Ps. I have practiced all of Rob’s techniques and they have improved my hand sawing and dovetail joints. I’ll be posting a blog shortly that shows how I cut my dovetails. I’m impressed with what I have accomplished and I have only cut about 10 sets of dovetails.
I’ll be posting reviews of Rob’s other DVDs soon, but this Hand-cut Dovetails and Advance Hand-cut Dovetails are excellent DVDs on cutting dovetails.