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Forum topic by HarleySoftailDeuce posted 10-07-2017 07:47 PM 686 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2017 07:47 PM

Hello all LJ members…

I’m attempting to build Thomas Jefferson’s lap desk. It is thought that the original lap desk had “secret” or full blind dovetails.
My first challenge is to cut practice hidden dovetails in .375 thick mahogany stock. The standard Lie Nielsen saw is great for larger work but too coarse for the thin stock.
So I would love to get some advice on an alternative saw.
I’ve always turned to Lumberjacks when I’m in the weeds.
Enjoy your weekend !!

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#1 posted 10-07-2017 07:52 PM

What about a 20ppi gents saw? Ive got a Lynx brand and there are old Disstons out there as well.

Id keep the piece clamped low so it doesnt rattle around on ya.

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#2 posted 10-07-2017 08:15 PM

On the economy side a dozuki would be fine, thats what i use. I’d love to have a nice DT saw.

FWW just did a review of a bunch of them, in the current issue.


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#3 posted 10-07-2017 10:45 PM

Maybe one of the Xacto Razor Saws…..

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#4 posted 10-07-2017 11:15 PM

I’ve got a Gyokucho 372 Razor Saw for dovetails, which I think is 19 ppi, compared to the LN dovetail (15 ppi). Works fine with 3/8 stock.

Id keep the piece clamped low so it doesnt rattle around on ya.

- chrisstef

Truth. I think it’s easier to make dovetails on thinner stock but sawing can be annoying.

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#5 posted 10-07-2017 11:34 PM

Lighten the pressure when you cut thin stock. If you haven’t used it much it can be really grabby when new. After a bit of use it’ll settle in. I use it to cut dovetails in 1/4-3/8 stock on a regular basis.

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