|Review by Jerry||posted 01-09-2014 11:23 PM||2709 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
I got this wonderful little guide for Christmas and just now had my first opportunity to try it out. It took me a couple of minutes to wrap my head around how it works, but once I did, I was pretty impressed. You set the clamp in one set of grooves for the tails, and then slide it off and set it into a second set of grooves for the pins. I say set of grooves, but that’s somewhat misleading. There are three grooves in all, but the center groove serves double duty and is used in both orientations.
The sides of the guide have strong neodymium magnets shielded with slick tape, this holds the side of the saw tightly against the guide and assures perfect alignment throughout the cut.
I ran into a slight problem with the fact that the spine in my Dozuki was bottoming out on the top of the guide. This is not the guide’s fault, rather mine for not having a Dozuki with enough clearance between the teeth and the spine, something I have already remedied with a new Gyokucho .3-270 MM Dozuki.
Since I didn’t have the new saw when I made my first test joints, I just used an old Disston 14 TPI Back Saw – not nearly as refined a tool as the Japanese pull saw, but that turned out to make no difference whatsoever.
This saw guide is like a magic bullet, if you are careful about allowing for the thickness of the blade, you just can’t miss. The joint you see in this picture is the first hand cut dovetail I’ve made in over 4 months. I’d almost forgotten how to do them, but the picture speaks for itself.
The quality of the tool is typical Veritas, which is to say extremely fine quality and very well made. You won’t find a better quality guide anywhere.
At the extremely reasonable price of $42.00, I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to do hand cut dovetails and have them come out picture perfect every time.
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