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Posted on Scroll Saw or Japanese Handsaw for Dovetails

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#1 posted 09-02-2018 09:06 PM

I have made dovetails with the saw/chisel method just to see if I could do it. I’ve also done them with a router/template method. That’s about it. I don’t use dovetails very often as I prefer other types of joints; but, since the Japanese have been doing dovetails with a pull saw for a very long time, I tend to think that is the best method to learn. A Japanese pull saw has a very thin blade with fine teeth. I have several “pull” saws that I use for everything. A pull saw will always give you a straight cut, once you get used to using them as opposed to the western style saw which binds and buckles on the “push” stroke. Although I grew up with the push saw, I discovered the pull saw and it is my saw of choice.
P.S. I would try both types of saws and see which one suits you best.

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