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Forum topic by Mike Lingenfelter posted 05-22-2009 05:55 PM 4734 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike Lingenfelter

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05-22-2009 05:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dovetail saw

This is repost from my blog.

These days it seems like everyone is coming out with a new Dovetail Saw. Now Rob Cosman - “The Dovetail Master” has thrown his hat into the ring. Spending a lot of money on a tool, that I can’t try out first can be a difficult decision. That’s why I was so lucky to have had a chance to try out a prototype of Rob’s saw earlier this year.

Earlier this year I took a class from Rob, at our local Woodcraft store. Besides being a very fun day of dovetailing, Rob had a prototype of the Dovetail Saw he was going to produce. You can find all of the details about the saw at his site, including a video where Rob talks about the saws features. One feature that might not appeal to people, is the martial Rob chose to use for the handle. He is using a resin compound, like Corian for the handles. When he said that in the class, I thought “why did he go and do that”! Then I used the saw and felt the difference. I like the wood handles I have on my saws now, but the resin handle on his saw was “fatter/thicker”. It felt so nice in my hand. I quickly overcame my issue of the resin handle. Getting a chance to use the saw, made it even easier for me to decide I wanted one when they started to ship. The saw has some weight to it and is well balanced in your hand. It cuts fast and smooth. It was my birthday a few days ago, and I got some cash as a gift. So, Happy Birthday to me!


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#1 posted 05-22-2009 07:14 PM

He is using a resin compound, like Corian for the handles. When he said that in the class, I thought “why did he go and do that”!

He stated that he did it to remove the handle bottle neck. Lie-Neilson makes a great saw that he used to promote but he was a bit fed up with the back orders and found that producing nice curvy handles in wood too too much time as it was difficult to automate due to grain issues – etc.

Personally I just find the choice of colors non-appealing, not the material used.

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#2 posted 05-22-2009 07:38 PM

I agree the Granite is a little unorthodox, but the Bone looks really nice. We will see when it shows up. The nice thing about using resin, is that you can go places you can’t with wood. I hope he comes out with other colors and styles.

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#3 posted 05-22-2009 11:42 PM

I also had the opportunity to try the saw a Class he was instructing. It is one heck of a saw but to me the handles kind of cheapen the appearance of the saw. Outside of my opinion on the appearance the saw is a real performer. Having the first couple inches of the saw 22 tpi makes the start very easy and consistent and the additional weight was nice.

If I had not already have a LN and Veritas saws, I thinks this would be the one, bone colored handle only.

-- Marc

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#4 posted 05-22-2009 11:43 PM

WOW!! “prices start at $695” I doubt if there will be a lot of demand at that price!! No wonder people buy routers and jigs :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 05-22-2009 11:52 PM

the 700 dollar one is with wood handles in a decorative box. They cost about 250 USD or so. Still pretty pricy. Its not the only DT saw with progressive pitch on the market

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#6 posted 05-22-2009 11:54 PM

The base saw is is $295CDN. The $695 saw comes with a custom wooden case made by Rob. Still on the higher side, but I always find a way to justify the cost of tools :).

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#7 posted 05-22-2009 11:58 PM

You must not be married? !! Being in a trade, I can always claim I’m gong to use it on the job. Since I don’t fib, I always find a use for anything one time:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 05-23-2009 12:15 AM

Happily married for 12 years now. I don’t question her purchases and she doesn’t question mine :).

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#9 posted 05-23-2009 12:47 AM

My comments were tounge in cheek. Congrats, you’ve got a good start, now keep it up!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 05-23-2009 01:58 AM

I would have to try it, and be impressed, to spend big money on something plastic.
he mentioned this saw to me mid last year, but i am yet to see one. I wonder where he is having them made, as i am always more likely to buy Canadian. I have bought quite a few tools from Rob.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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