Dovetail Saw

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Project by Waldo88 posted 05-20-2016 06:47 PM 1628 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The starting point for this saw was a cheap Two Cherries saw. Then handle I made is from some very old (decades most likely) Cherry.

Resources I used:
- Paul Sellers blog post about the Two Cherries dovetail saw.
- Blackburn tools handle template

What I did:
1) Use two hammers to reduce the excessive set of the saw
2) File the teeth down to about half their original size
3) Reshape the teeth into a rip pattern for most of the saw, with the first inch more of a crosscut and the 2nd a transition to make it easy to start
4) Joint the teeth with the file and then sharpen
5) Trace the handle shape onto a 15/16” board
6) Cut the inside curves with my drill press
7) Cut out the rest of the handle on the bandsaw
8) Cut the groove for the blade with the saw, then used chisels to cut a mortise for the back
9) Shape the handle with a rasp, file, and orbital sander
10) Hand sand the handle smooth
11) Drill the holes for the split nuts
12) Finish the handle with 3 coats of homemade Danish Oil
13) Attach the blade to the handle
14) Sand off the Two Cherries paint on the blade
15) Wax the blad with some beeswax

It cuts exceptional; it starts easy, cuts fast with a very tight kerf and is very easy to control. And it fits my hand perfect.

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 05-20-2016 07:14 PM

Beautiful. A significant upgrade over the stock look.

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#2 posted 05-20-2016 07:27 PM

pimp status achieved.

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

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#3 posted 05-20-2016 11:42 PM

Nice work Waldo. I picked up a similar Linx gents saw with the same plan for it.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 05-21-2016 02:08 PM

That dovetail saw turned out beautifully. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-01-2016 11:57 PM

Looks great! Where’d you get the split nuts?

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#6 posted 08-15-2020 12:17 PM

I have the same saw (original) and want to do what you have done.
Can i ask a few questions?

1. What file did you use and how did you reduce the size of the teeth?
2. Do you have any pictures of how you cut and fitted the handle.


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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 08-15-2020 12:25 PM

Nice! And now you’ve got a dovetail saw that you made! It’s nice working with your own tools.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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