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Fine, highly accurate dovetail saw

Fine, highly accurate dovetail saw

08-21-2010 05:59 AM by swirt | 8 comments »

This saw was recommended as a top tool for under $10 by Fine Woodworking Magazine, and is highly regarded by Christopher Schwarz from Popular Woodworking. Yes that was not a typo, this saw really costs less than $10 and it is Made in the USA.The blade is only 0.01” thick so it feels pretty flimsy, but it also cuts the thinest of kerfs. With this saw you can actually split the pencil line with room to spare. The teeth cut on the pull stroke, the blade is 6.5” long and this delux...

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Lee Valley’s Veritas Dovetail Saw Guide System.

Lee Valley’s Veritas Dovetail Saw Guide System.

06-27-2010 04:05 AM by Gord Graff | 28 comments »

.........................”perfect fitting hand cut dovetails in a matter of minutes without the learning curve”. Veritas® 1:6 Guide with Saw Are you intimated by hand cut dovetail joinery? Have you avoided incorporating dovetail joinery into your woodworking because you feel that the learning curve for hand cut dovetails in far too steep and you don’t want to commit to complicated and expensive router jigs? Let me assure you that your fears are no longer warranted. Le...

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Any sweeter and I woulda had to go to the dentist..

Any sweeter and I woulda had to go to the dentist..

06-16-2010 09:53 AM by ars | 10 comments »

For the past several months I’ve been on somewhat of a handtool kick, with a focus on DTs. Like most people I started with a Japanese pull saw, because it was cheaper. I just couldn’t get comfortable with the straight handle and also don’t like cutting on the pull stroke, bottom line was I wanted a western saw. Anyways I went to my local Woodcraft to pick up a couple unrelated items and I asked one of the employee’s if they could order me one of those new $80 Ver...

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Pull saw with western handle, excellent value

Pull saw with western handle, excellent value

05-25-2010 07:26 AM by wch | 14 comments »

This is a Japanese-style pull saw, but with a nontraditional design: it has a western-style handle, and a plastic reinforcing spine. It’s precise, has a very fine kerf (0.017”) and tracks straight, thanks to the spine. I find that it’s easier to cut straight with this saw, compared to other Japanese saws that I’ve used which don’t have a spine. I first found out about this saw from a post on the Popular Woodworking blog. This saw is quite inexpensive (about $2...

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A Review & Comparison of the Lie-Nielsen 10ppi & 15ppi Rip Carcass Saws

A Review & Comparison of the Lie-Nielsen 10ppi & 15ppi Rip Carcass Saws

02-04-2010 08:51 PM by ChrisG | 6 comments »

Due to some fortunate circumstances, which I will explain at the end of this review, I recently had the opportunity to spend some time working with both of Lie-Nielsen’s Rip Carcass Saws. On Lie-Nielsen’s website, the 15ppi and the 10ppi versions are each referred to as a “nice small tenon saw”. However, this description is grossly understated and incomplete. With an 11 by 2 ¼ inch saw plate that is only .020 inches thick these are just as similar to LN’s much beloved dovetail saws as they...

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Premium Saws Indeed

Premium Saws Indeed

10-06-2009 04:40 AM by taylodr | 8 comments »

So when I first saw the Veritas Dovetail saw and it’s price – I wanted it. I endlessly searched everywhere on the internet for reviews and came up with just a few. Everywhere said “They get great reviews, but I’m not sure…” We I was sold, I wanted to try it out. I never bought it. I said if they had more than one, a matched set or something, that I would get one. Well, they do now. I figured for a little more than the price of one nice doveta...

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Why did it take so long?

Why did it take so long?

05-20-2009 04:32 AM by JuniorJoiner | 12 comments »

I have wanted one of these saws since I first laid eyes on one. Rob Cosman had a set of these in his toolkit , and I first got to handle one about 4 years ago. The problem was that rob’s was kinked. so I didn’t get to use it. My new Lie-Nielsen panel saw arrived today, so the first thing i did was rip open the packaging and put it through it’s paces.I may not be extremely accomplished as a furniture maker, but i have done my share of construction with hand tools, and feel...

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Tool of last Resort

Tool of last Resort

03-02-2009 01:36 AM by littlecope | 3 comments »

What’s so special about a saw? I was moved to write this last week when i had occasion to use this baby again, my “tool of last resort”. I wanted to change the orientation of tenons on my current project and was dreaming up all of these sophisticated set-ups, involving V-blocks and clamps, when it occurred to me to just cut the things using this saw! And, as always when I use it, I wonder why this tool isn’t on my front line of attack. It cuts like a dream! When I boug...

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Great all around saw

Great all around saw

03-31-2008 05:19 PM by Mat | 7 comments »

Since I didn’t have a handsaw of any type around the shop, I went ahead and picked up this very usual looking item at the big box store for $20. So far I’ve only used it to cut/trim a some 2×4 and 1×3 stock for some garage storage that I’ll post as a project when I have more time. The grip – The saw has a nice long grip that’s made of some type of rubber…it’s fits nicely in my large hands and does’t slip at all with the texturing o...

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Best Dovetail Saw I've Ever Used

Best Dovetail Saw I've Ever Used

03-22-2008 09:30 PM by teenagewoodworker | 11 comments »

just to clear this up i haven’t used many dovetail saws so i have nothing to compare this to but for 12$ at Home Depot this saw is just amazing. i can cut straight, at an angle, or any other way i want to cut and the saw stays on track. the back pull seems so much easier and i love how it can also be used as a flush cut saw. also the blade is replaceable so i don’t have to buy a whole new one when it gets dull ( but for 12$ i would buy a new one). for anyone looking for a dovetail...

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