what is the best handsaw for making dovetails?

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Forum topic by westside posted 11-29-2009 03:31 AM 3530 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2009 03:31 AM

I want to start making hand made dovetails but I am unsure what kind or brand of saw is the best. I am willing to pay for quality. I bought a cheaper dovetail saw from Woodcraft, but i am very unhappy with it. Any help with what brands to look for and the cost would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Rich

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#1 posted 11-29-2009 03:55 AM

I find the bast hand saw is the Japanese Dozuli dovetail saw

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#2 posted 11-29-2009 05:12 AM

I agree with cstrang. The Japanese style saw gives me more control. It does take some getting used to but once you remember to pull rather than push- it is really great to use.

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#3 posted 11-29-2009 05:29 AM

I have to agree with the previous two posts. Even though I learned to saw with a western style saw I find the Japanes Dozuki to be much easier to track with less binding. I am using one I purchased from Woodcraft here in Jacksonville with a replaceable blade.

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#4 posted 11-29-2009 04:44 PM

The best saw is the one you practice the most with. I learned with a jap pull saw and switched to a nearly hundred year old Disston backsaw because I love working with antique tools. Once I sharpened the teeth, I realized that I was more accurate with the thicker and stiffer blade of the western saws versus the jap saws. Like I said though, it’s all in what you practice with as to what is the best for you. As long as the blade is straight and sharp any saw will give good results. The rest of the problems lie in your technique.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 11-29-2009 06:26 PM

You should also consider about how to re-sharpen the saw you choose when the time comes. That will break or make a good dovetail saw. You may have to learn to sharpen and set a saw with very fine teeth. Of coarse I apologize if you already sharpen your own saws. I also use the Japanese saw like Chris uses and I find it easy to use and when the blade gets dull just replace the blade.

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#6 posted 11-29-2009 06:27 PM
I have used an English gent saw for a while and prefer the stiffness of the blade.

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