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Forum topic by Brian Gulotta posted 02-01-2016 04:10 PM 410 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brian Gulotta

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02-01-2016 04:10 PM

I currently have two larger hand saws and a dovetail back saw. One hand saw is a rip cut 5 1/2 tpi and the other a cross cut saw 8 tpi. The dovetail saw is 14 tpi. I am looking to purchase a saw set and see there are 2 models on most sites to purchase: a fine blue and a coarse gold. My question is do I really need both or can I use the fine model to set all of my saws successfully? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-01-2016 05:30 PM

I’m not familiar with those sets but I have an old Stanley 42X and it will do from 4-14 ppi. You can pick up the 42 or the 42x for decent prices on ebay if you’re interested. The difference is the 42X has a mechanism to grab the plate before the plunger engages. It’ll cost you a bit more but worth it IMHO.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 02-01-2016 07:35 PM

Thanks Kenny… I definitely like the idea of one saw set instead of two. I’ll take a look on ebay.

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 07:43 PM

The difference is the size of the anvil. You’ll need both of them if you’d like to set the dovetail saw. If you’ve got an existing saw set kicking around you can file down the anvil on one of them to work with smaller teeth. If you try and use the small one on bigger teeth you may not get enough bite to bend the whole tooth and only push in the middle.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 08:30 PM

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#5 posted 02-01-2016 09:02 PM

The Stanley 42 will go down to a 14ppi but most of the modern ones only go down to 12 and then you have to get a smaller one for smaller teeth. if you are ever going to get smaller teeth then 14ppi go ahead and get both. otherwise the Stanley will do you fins though it is a bit tight on the 14 ppi.

-- James Wright, Rockford IL,

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