|Forum topic by Willeh||posted 03-15-2012 02:15 AM||3086 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
03-15-2012 02:15 AM
Right… I’ve got $200 set aside to buy a new Saw(s). I’m primarily interested in a Tenon saw (I figure most of my use will be cutting tenons), however, I would like to be able to use it for cutting the odd dovetail or so. I’ve been a predominantly power tools guy up until about 6 months ago and have been moving towards hand tools and am enjoying the move quite a bit. My current saw collection includes a Gents saw that i picked up a long time ago at lee valley for $22.
Since I live in Canada, we have very limited options (Home depot etc and Lee Valley).
#1 on my list is the Lie-Nielsen 12 inch tenon saw, which at around $160 + shipping will max out my budget.
Comparable to that is the Wenzloff Small Tenon Saw at $178.00 from lee valley… I dont know what to look for between the two to decide.
Other options include the Pax 12 inch tenon which at $89, i could also afford to buy a separate Pax Rip Pattern Dovetail Saw (also $89) and have a few coins left to boot.
The other option i see is the Veritas saws. I dont love the look of the molded back saws.. i think they’re a bit fugly, but its hard to argue with the price of 3 saws for $159 (14 tpi dovetail, 20 tpi dovetail and 16 tpi crosscut). I wasnt too impressed with the cutting speed of the ones on display at lee valley, but they could have just been dulled from years of customers playing with them
Really looking for any opinion here.. I want a saw or saws capable of cutting tenons and the occasional dovetail, prefer quality over quantity (Unless both can be had? in my dreams i bet…) Not 100% sure on how fine of a saw to get (TPI) or crosscut vs rip.. Also.. where do “Carcass saws’ fit into this? They seem like kind of an in-between thing?
-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "