veritas carcass saw for dovetailing

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Forum topic by jeffwedekind posted 12-18-2013 07:22 PM 1234 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2013 07:22 PM

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Hi Jocks,
Getting into the hand-cut dovetail realm and am in need of a new saw. I have decided to go with the veritas line due to performance and price.
The question I have is: I am strongly considering the purchase of a veritas ripcut carcass saw to use for dovetailing and tenon work. I am a bit concerned that the rip pattern only contains 12 points per inch. Based on Chris Gochnours advice, I have no issues picking the larger saw but am worried about too few teeth.
Any advice…....

Thanks in advance

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#1 posted 12-18-2013 07:55 PM

Ive done my very minimal dovetailing and tenon with that saw and have no issues with it in the slightest. I think youll find that you have made a solid choice in tooling. It can be a little grabby to start so use a very relaxed grip and tilt the saw on a slight incline and youll love it.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 11:19 PM

I would have done the same had I not run across the Veritas dovetail saw on sale for $45. the carcass saw will cut faster, and the wider kerf will mean less waste to remove in the middle.

I still use my own self-sharpened “beater” medium sized backsaw for dovetails in 3/4 stock or bigger.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 01:49 AM

Thanks guys. I appreciate your input.
I pulled the trigger on the carcass saw.
Had a chance to use both today, and though the dovetailer did have a nicer start, and felt a bit smoother, the overall cut quality and accuracy didn’t seem to suffer with the courses carcass saw. I’m still not 100% so I plan to put it through its paces, and if I’m not impressed I’ll return it and try the other. (Woodcrafts suggestion, impressive, I thought). Speaking of good customer service, I posted this question directly to Veritas and received this reply within a few hours.

Their reply:

We went with 12 points per inch because it gives a good combination of speed of cut with ease of starting. Less than 12 makes the saw harder to start for inexperienced users. The usual thickness of stock for projects is ¾” and this saw will cut dovetails quickly in that thickness. Our original rip dovetail saw is 14 points per inch and works great for ¾”. The carcass saw will also be used for tenons where a few extra teeth are a benefit. but again depending on experience, it is easier to control the saw during the first stage of the cut if the teeth are not too coarse.

Please let us know if you have any further questions.

George Hammond
Veritas Tools Inc

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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