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Forum topic by Betsy posted 10-02-2009 02:48 AM 1337 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2009 02:48 AM

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As many of you know I’m taking a hand cut dovetail class this week at Kelly Mehler’s school in Kentucky. One of the guys has the Veritas dovetail saw and I got a chance to use it. This is the saw:,42884

I already have the LN dovetail saw and it’s great. But for the money, the Veritas is every bit as good as the LN. In fact, side by side the Veritas has slightly less slop in the saw kerf than the LN. Very unscientific of course. It’s a little less tall than the LN – but it’s also lighter and easier to push. If I did not already have the LN I would have no problem buying this saw. So if you are thinking of buying a dovetail saw – give this saw a look see. Can’t see where you’d go wrong.

Happy sawing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 10-02-2009 04:56 AM

Thanks Betsy: It’s always nice to have a user recommend our tools.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 10-02-2009 05:09 AM

I bought the Veritas earlier this year and love it. It is a good saw for the money.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 10-02-2009 08:26 AM

I saw a good review of this saw last week myself. It sounded like a great saw and the price was less than a LN, which is a bit much for me. I was hopingh to find one at my local Woodcraft store, but unfortunately they only carry the LV planes, so I couldn’t check the grip in person.
One thing that concerned me was the comment that said that it was especially comfortable for big hands. I guess they assume all woodworkers are over 6 feet and male, however when I buy gloves I have to buy a large or xl children’s size as a 5’3” woman who inherited wierd genes from my dad no less. Did you find the grip comfortable? I’m assuming by your name that you are a woman and probably do not have huge hands.

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#4 posted 10-02-2009 12:24 PM

Scottishrose—- yep – I can confirm that I am all woman! :-)

To address the grip, because I do have small hands, – I found it very, very comfortable. More so than the LN. The LN’s grip is a bit bigger – thickness wise. So my hand surrounds the Veritas handle much better. With that said, I can see that because the grip is on the smaller size – if you have long finger nails – it would probably be uncomfortable. So the moral of that story is – cut those darn things shorter! (Never have understood long nails! -call my old fashioned.)

Happy sawing

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 10-03-2009 12:43 AM

Thanks Betsy!
I do too much grubby work to have long nails so that’s not a problem and I agree, never understood the desire unless you sit around in your fluffy slippers watching soaps and eating bon bons all day. I don’t know anyone like that do you? Since none of my local woodworking outlets carry that particular saw I guess I’ll have to save up and buy it from a catalog. The grip was the one thing that worried me about buying that tool unseen. I feel more comfortable about it now.

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#6 posted 10-03-2009 04:55 AM

I have had this saw since it came out and really like it.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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