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02-02-2008 02:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: zuki dovetail saw saw

My birthday is coming up un February and DW asked me what I wanted. I immediately said “dovetail saw”. For me to have an immediate answer for a tool related gift is odd . . . I think it had something to do with the dovetails that I cut on Project X. I actually enjoy cutting them.

Ok . . . I know that I prefer the Japanese style pull saws. I seen a few at LV and even seen a magnetic style jig that aids in cutting perfect angles.

I popped over to Lie Neilson . . . um . . . seems a little rich for my taste. But really nice looking saws.

What do you guys use\recommend for dovetailing?

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#1 posted 02-02-2008 02:42 AM

So far, I recommend using a subcontractor. But, I’m practicing.

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#2 posted 02-02-2008 03:51 AM

I have 2 of Lie Nelson the straight and pistol handles. They are worth every penny.

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#3 posted 02-02-2008 03:56 AM

I have a LV Gent’s saw, and a Freud dovetail saw, love them both. The Freud is better for my fat fingers though. I also have a cheap Marples japanese saw, that I replaced the plastic handle with a padauk/walnut one to fit my hand better. That is a sweet saw to cut dovetails with.

Tough to advise what I think is best. Try a few and pick your fave.

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#4 posted 02-02-2008 05:16 AM


I would still say I prefer my 23$ dozuki saw. This saw cuts very aggressively and is light (easy on the hand). The fact that the kerf is tiny, adds to the charm. I would like to own a LN for dovetails on pieces wider than 1/2” since the small dozuki bends in the cut on wider wood.

I wold strongly advise against using any jig for aiding in cutting dovetails. While things will look better at the beginning, you will never learn to cut dovetails efficiently. To cut down the time I do not even put pencil marks on the piece, let alone setting up a jig for every step.


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#5 posted 02-02-2008 06:05 AM

I use a Garlick and Sons Gents saw for the thinner boards, and a regular backsaw for thick stock (ie for work benches, etc). Retoothing the backsaw to about 15TPI and putting a rip profile on it made it a good saw. I have a regular handle Crown that has potential but came with too coarse a kerf and a poor sharpening job, so after I tune it up it may be good. “Out of the box” I consider it unusable for fine work, and the teeth dulled quickly in white oak. The Garlick and sons is a good cutting saw “out of the box” but also does not hold up well to really hard woods. Both the Garlick and the Crown are 20 TPI, which is pushing the limit for my resharpening with the files I now have on hand.


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#6 posted 02-02-2008 06:24 AM

I prefer the Lie Nielsen dovetail saw. I’d rather push than pull.

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#7 posted 02-02-2008 07:01 AM

My western dovetail saw is an Adria. It currently runs about $130, though I think it was just about $100 when I bought mine…

My Eastern dovetail saw is a Dozuki “Z” saw.

In all honesty, however, neither has been used much for cutting dovetails, but I do use them for other purposes. All things said and done, I prefer the “Z”, which I find to be an interesting statement… It cost me about 1/3 as much.

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#8 posted 02-02-2008 12:00 PM

I have a dozuki, too. It would be my preference. As I recall I paid about $40.00.

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#9 posted 02-09-2008 04:07 AM

I have my eye on the Lie Nielsen, but I have to wait till May to get mine. You know the Gramercy tools dovetail saw got a good reviiew in fine woodworking. Check out

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#10 posted 02-09-2008 06:11 PM

I have actually placed my order with DW. She is getting me one of these from LV

And some other LV stuff :-)

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