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Forum topic by Rayne posted 11-11-2014 02:47 AM 981 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2014 02:47 AM

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I was looking at some Dovetail saws from Leevalley and noticed that the saws were designed for right-handed people (well, the decent quality ones I’ve seen so far). Does anyone have a suggestion on a Dovetail saw that’s either ambidextrous or designed for lefties for under $100? I’d like to start learning to use one. I’d appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!


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#1 posted 11-11-2014 02:57 AM

What dovetail saws were you looking at that are for righties only? I can’t say I’ve heard of such a thing. The best value for under a hundred dollars is likely the veritas molded spine saw which as with all other conventional western saws is ambidextrous. I think you’ll have much better luck with one of those then a gents saw.

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 03:02 AM

Maybe it’s just the photo, but it looks like the molded portion is shifted for a right-hander to place their index finger on the spine.
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=64007&cat=1,42884,64007
Some of the other wooden handle saws seems to have it on the left side of the blade to better situate the index finger.
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=48033&cat=1,42884,42905

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#3 posted 11-11-2014 03:27 AM

While I don’t have the Veritas molded-spine dovetail saw, I do have both of the Veritas molded-spine tenon saws. I also have the Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw. All three of these saws are symmetrical, so would not be an impediment to left-handed use. Can’t imagine that the Vertias dovetail saw would be any different.

I’ve also got a handful of vintage saws, all which are symmetrical.

Well, all symmetrical except for the saw nuts/medallions. They are all oriented so the “show” side is on the left side of the handle. That’s purely an aesthetic thing, not in any way impacts left or right hand functionality. And if it really bothered you, you could probably switch them over.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#4 posted 11-11-2014 03:42 AM

I can confirm on the molded spine dovetail saw that there is no distinction between left and right handed. It’s all symmetrical. Just double checked.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 11-11-2014 03:57 AM

Thanks for all the feedback everyone and thanks jmartel for confirming the symmetry. I’ll see if there will be any sales towards black friday and will get that one.

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#6 posted 11-11-2014 03:59 AM

There’s free shipping right now. Cyber monday they usually sell gift cards at a discount. I plan to buy some gift cards at a discount on that Monday and then redeem them during a free shipping sale in the future.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#7 posted 11-11-2014 05:32 AM

I think that’s a great suggestion for Lee Valley. Make sure you get it to them in plenty of time before April 1.

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#8 posted 11-11-2014 02:04 PM

I have the Veritas dovetail saw and like the way it feels in my (right) hand, and yeah, it’s symmetrical as was stated above. If you live near a Woodcraft, you could drive over and hold one in your hand before you buy one.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#9 posted 11-11-2014 02:46 PM

I’ll add my “two cents”.
I’m left handed, and have veritas dovetail, carcass saws.
I’ve found them very comfortable to use. The quality is excellent.

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#10 posted 11-11-2014 11:53 PM

I didn’t realize woodcraft carried this saw, so I went there today, handled it, and loved the feeling, so I purchased it. I also got 10% off due to my birthday coupon, so great overall. Thank you everyone for your help and hopefully I won’t screw up my first dovetail so bad that it would need to be taken away. lol.

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#11 posted 11-13-2014 03:44 PM

I’m a lefty too, and have had no issue with finding good dovetail saws. It’s those pesky left-handed screwdrivers and hammers that are so hard to find! :)

-- Ed

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