Lie Neilsen's new tapered crosscut saw.

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Forum topic by Kv0nT posted 12-18-2013 12:49 AM 972 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2013 12:49 AM

Is it me or is the new Lie Neilsen tapered crosscut saw a total joke. Just buy a freaking crosscut dovetail saw. Dumb dumb dumb dumb.

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#1 posted 12-18-2013 01:03 AM

I’ve never tried it, but I don’t see anything inherently wrong with it. I have an old Jackson dovetail saw with a tapered blade. I like using it.
What exactly do you find “dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb” about it? :)

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#2 posted 12-18-2013 01:11 AM

I was about to say that I thought there were some vintage saw designs had a slight taper. I don’t know that it would necessarily make for more precise or efficient cuts, but someone who knows better please chime in.

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#3 posted 12-18-2013 01:20 AM

Richard- cutting to precise depths is slightly easier with the tapered blade. Its definitely not a “must have” feature in my opinion, but I can see why some would prefer it. Especially people that commonly cut tenons or lap joints on smaller pieces with less margin for error.

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 02:34 AM

This is a saw that they are pushing to replace their crosscut tenon saw. It is not a dovetail saw. They have other tapered dovetail saws.

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#5 posted 12-18-2013 02:36 AM

And this one only has a depth of 2 inches, which is a lot less versitile.

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#6 posted 12-18-2013 06:04 AM

Canted/ tapered saw plates have been around for a very long time. They don’t change the hang angle very much and can be compensated for by adjusting the rake a little. If used properly, the visual reference of the spine being level may help to keep one from cutting too far down on the blind side, and just looks good to some. But no real advantage over a parallel plate that I can really verify. Then again, I don’t cut tenons every day. I cant most of my saws mainly because I just like them that way. Usually about 1/4” to 3/8”. Then again, I am odd and like to shape my plates also. :):) Enough said. Canted saw. Best wishes and happy holidays to all.


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#7 posted 12-18-2013 07:53 AM

Of all the things in the world to be angry about, I wouldn’t let this upset me.


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#8 posted 12-18-2013 08:06 AM

Don’t buy it if you don’t see a use for it.

There’s a lot of boutique toolmaking going on. It
serves consumerism and it is an effective growth
strategy for some businenesses.

If you want to spend money on woodworking
and you have the equipment you need to do what
you want to do, invest in wood.

If your work demands a finer grade of tool, you’ll
figure it out. Collecting tools is fun but it isn’t the
same as being an artisan. Many of us play in the
area in between but that’s because we can
afford to, not because we need to in order
to do good work.

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