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Forum topic by EKG posted 03-25-2014 12:10 AM 519 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2014 12:10 AM

I’m, building a workbench. The legs are 4×4 cedar. I cutting a dovetail tenon in each one. My J&S and Japanese saws are horrible. Any thoughts on using a buck saw, or, fret or coping saw to cut these?
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EKG

-- Eric G.


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#1 posted 03-25-2014 12:26 AM

A back saw would be a good choice, fret and coping saws may flex too much when making that long of a cut. You will also be limited by the short length of the support bow of that type of saw.

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 12:36 AM

Thanks TechTeacher, but what about a bow saw. My tenon is 3 1/2” long and dovetailed.

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-- Eric G.

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