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02-14-2012 05:54 PM

In building my workbench, I found that I have a need for a little more “all around duty” crosscut saw. I have the set of Lee Valley Dovetail, Fine Dovetail, and Small 16tpi Crosscut (which works well for small scale work) and also a Lie Neilsen 16” Tenon saw which I’ll be using to cut the tenons for the legs when I get there. I’m thinking I’d like to purchase kind of an all around purposed 12-14 inch crosscut backsaw. I thought maybe the Lee Valley set of carcass saws might fit the bill, but I worry about being limited with their size. $125 for two saws is a very good deal knowing the quality of the other saws I have. I also thought about the Lie Neilsen 14” tenon saw in crosscut or the Wenzloff small tenon saw in Crosscut. Do you think the carcass saws from Lee Valley would give me a large enough saw to be a good general purpose set?

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com


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#1 posted 02-15-2012 01:55 PM

Sounds like you already have a pretty fair kit of saws. If I remember right you can get a 16 small tenon saw from LN filed crosscut….but it sounds like your in the getting picky stage. Have you considered talking to Mark Harrell at Bad Axe?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 03:53 PM

I’ve looked at Badaxe and I want one bad but I think he’s about 6 months backlog on making them. I’d love one of his saws either 14” or 16” with a hybrid cut. He calls the 16” the “jack saw” which might be the ideal choice. That would do just about everything I could imagine. I’m going to ask for one for my birthday in hopes I’ll have it by christmas next year. haha! But in the mean time, I was looking for a good saw to get me by. I was really considering the LV set of carcass saws because it seems that would do what I need for the time being.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 03:54 PM

I’ve looked at Badaxe and I want one bad but I think he’s about 6 months backlog on making them. I’d love one of his saws either 14” or 16” with a hybrid cut. He calls the 16” the “jack saw” which might be the ideal choice. That would do just about everything I could imagine. I’m going to ask for one for my birthday in hopes I’ll have it by christmas next year. haha! But in the mean time, I was looking for a good saw to get me by. I was really considering the LV set of carcass saws because it seems that would do what I need for the time being.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 05:21 PM

Wenzloff might have the samw issue. Have you looked at Grammercy or Two Laywers. I would not mind the Grammercy carcase saw muself.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 06:32 PM

Well I think wenzloff from Lee Valley they stock. Maybe not. I’ll check grammercy. I forgot about them.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 08:18 PM

Also, with that being said, They are all also double the cost as the two piece set of carcass saws from Lee Valley. I think I’m interested in getting that set I just don’t know how much larger they are compared to the small crosscut and dovetail set I have.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#7 posted 02-15-2012 10:35 PM

I am pretty sure the site lists the specs on them (10” if I recall correctly), they stuck me as a tad short for my taste, but you can’t beat the price.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 02-15-2012 10:52 PM

Well I think it’s 11” which is about on par with normal carcass saws. I wish they would just come out with a set of tenon saws and panel saws around the same prices. I’d buy the whole set. haha! I think I might take the plunge on that set of smaller LV carcass saws and then a larger 14” or 16” saw from Bad Axe in Hybrid Cut later on for maybe my birthday present.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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