Veritas saws? Which ones do I buy?

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Forum topic by Allanwoodworks posted 03-11-2011 08:08 PM 3581 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2011 08:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: veritas dovetail carcass saw crosscut


I am a new woodworker and am branching out into the hand tools. I currently have no hand saws and am look to buy some. Lee Valley has nice sets in my price range, but I need some help because they all look the same to me.

1st, Dovetail saw set. VeritasĀ® Dovetail & Crosscut Saws Look great but do I need all three?

2nd, Carcass Saw set. VeritasĀ® Carcass Saws. Do I need these for cutting tennons and such.

Any info you could give me would be most helpful. Thanks in advance.


-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 08:20 PM

If I had those saws I’d probably find the dovetail saws most useful
for fine dovetails in 1/2” or thinner stock. In thicker wood, I’d
probably cut through dovetails with the carcass saws.

You do need a saw set up for it to cut dovetails well: ripping teeth
and minimal set. Tenons have the same general requirement, but
you might find a tenon saw easier to use with a lower TPI and
slightly more set than in a true dovetailing saw.

I prefer to cut tenons and dovetails with a bowsaw. I don’t much
enjoy doing it with a backsaw because I like the long stroke of the
and balance of the bowsaw.

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 01:24 AM

Thanks for the comment Loren!

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 09:44 PM

Hi TY,

If you can buy only one saw for dovetail jobs, go for this:

Standard Dovetail Saw, 14 tpi 05T05.01

This will work for most dovetailing jobs, including making the cross cuts on the half pins (tail boards), even if you work with materials less than 1/2” thick occasionally.

Buy other saws as you feel the need to have them.


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#4 posted 03-14-2011 12:19 AM

I have the veritas dovetail saw and really like it. It’s a great saw for the price. I like the modern styling too. I like cutting dovetails by hand, but I always use machine set ups for tenons so I can’t help you there. I have both Veritas and Lie Nielsen shoulder planes for getting the tenons to final size.
Good luck.

-- Glen

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