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Forum topic by The__Dude posted 01-12-2016 11:25 PM 688 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2016 11:25 PM

I asked a similar question on hand planes on this site, got great advice and currently own various old working stanley.

I currently own no hand saws.

I own power miter and table saw.

So I think I need a general saw?
And I want to hand cut dovetails.
Scroll saw also?


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#1 posted 01-12-2016 11:39 PM

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 01:41 AM

These are generally considered to be the best value saws available. Others are nicer, but more expensive. They cut well and are sharpenable. I have the 20tpi dovetail saw. Get the 14tpi version if only buying one dovetail saw.,42884

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 01:49 AM

You can spend big bucks or look for something cheap or used.

I think you could do great work with a Harbor Freight tool if you practice enough.

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#4 posted 01-13-2016 03:33 AM

I love my saws from these guys –

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 01:09 PM

IMO the best bang for your buck are the Veritas carcass saw set. A rip and a xcut that can perform cuts from dovetails to those on a bench hook to small tenons and other joinery work. All though they are not that attractive when considering the traditional look of hand saws and back saws.

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#6 posted 01-13-2016 01:21 PM

As Chrisstef said I found the Veritas carcass saw as the best for the money. I just bought the crosscut. It is a little slow with rip cuts but I can live with the speed. This was the first high quality saw I bought everything before was the cheap big box store stuff.

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