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HokieKen

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01-17-2019 03:07 PM

Okay, I know this isn’t an exciting tool but I need a new one so I’m reaching out the the LJ collective wisdom :-)

I have a Crown flush cut saw and it’s been okay but recently it hung up and I was a little over-zealous and buckled the blade. So now it has a permanent kink and is virtually useless. So it’s time for a new one. I don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money, I think $30 is probably my limit on this tool and I would think that would be more than sufficient.

I use the saw to trim dowels flush. Zero set is important because I don’t want the surface marred. I may use it for other tasks occasionally but dowels are the main use. I also think that for this saw, one that cuts on the pull stroke makes the most sense. Especially since the one I have would still be in service if it cut on the pull rather than on the push.

I have one picked out on Amazon but thought “it would be kinda silly not to see if any of those LJs have a gem they can point me to!” So post em if ya got em!

Thanks folks :-))

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA


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#1 posted 01-17-2019 03:11 PM

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#2 posted 01-17-2019 03:16 PM

Thanks Rich. I looked at that one. I ruled it out because the one I have now has a partial back like that and it seems to get in the way. Lots of times while cutting dowels off, I would find myself hitting the edge of the board with the end of the spine. Not a huge problem but still a minor irritant I’d rather avoid.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 01-17-2019 03:25 PM

I never had good luck with flush cut saws. I have several hotel key cards with dowel sized holes in them that I use to protect the surface. Lets me use whatever saw is handy and finish off with a sharp chisel.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 01-17-2019 03:26 PM

I’ve used several of these over the years and this one is my favorite.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 01-17-2019 03:28 PM

I have a Stanley Fatmax that works pretty good…just right amount of flex. I think model 20-331

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#6 posted 01-17-2019 03:37 PM

I just took a file to my cheap-ass dozuki and filed away the set on one side of the teeth. Took about 15 minutes. Did I spend $20 for the saw? Maybe with shipping.

Works great.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 01-17-2019 03:48 PM

I recently bought this one and love it. A little pricey, but works great and looks just as good as it works. ( i found it cheaper at my local hardware/hardwood store, around $40)

https://www.sharkcorp.com/kugihiki-dowel-saw-24-tpi-170mm/

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#8 posted 01-17-2019 03:49 PM

I have a fatmax with the reversible blade, an older crown (I think) with a wood handle and a little Vaughan Bear Saw with the pistol type handle, the Vaughan gets used most often for the type of tasks you’re talking about.

come on Dave P you have a reputation to uphold! I figured you had some fancy flush cutting saw that looks like a hand plane :-)

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#9 posted 01-17-2019 04:22 PM


I have a fatmax with the reversible blade, an older crown (I think) with a wood handle and a little Vaughan Bear Saw with the pistol type handle, the Vaughan gets used most often for the type of tasks you re talking about.

come on Dave P you have a reputation to uphold! I figured you had some fancy flush cutting saw that looks like a hand plane :-)

- GrantA

I actually have that Vaughan bear saw and it does work great. However, I bought mine for construction work long ago, undercutting door frames for installing tile, etc. So the blade is pretty beat. I should order a new blade for it, because the handle is a comfortable angle. But mine does have light set to it.

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#10 posted 01-17-2019 04:58 PM

Thanks guys. A lot more opinions than I really expected for a flush cut saw :-)

I think the one Bondo linked is in the lead followed closely by the FatMax JRsgarage has. Both have teeth on both sides which is a plus and both are spineless, zero-set pull saws. I’ll probably end up going with Bondo’s for no real reason other than I like the wood handle better.

Grant, the handle on that Vaughan does look comfy but from what I can tell, it’s not a zero-set tooth. For this saw, I think I actually prefer a symmetric handle too. Thanks for the link though :-)

Dave P – Don’t want to file any set off induction hardened teeth. You know I’m too lazy for that ;-)

SMP – That does look like the best saw of the bunch. But it’s a little out of the price range I’d like to be in at $40. If it was something I used daily (or even monthly) I’d probably spring for it. Thanks for the recommendation!

LittleShaver – I’ve done that too but I prefer to be able to flush cut and just sand a little. Just seems a faster process for me. Different strokes… Thanks for the suggestion :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#11 posted 01-17-2019 05:02 PM

I have a Japanese version with short handle similar to post above and Veritas double sided flush cut saw.

Japanese blade is too wide for small projects, so the Veritas gets used most for dowels/plugs. It is extremely flexible, bends almost too easy. Have a small ripple near handle on single side saw where I klutz’d a cut once. Still works, but have to remember to take my time ….

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#12 posted 01-17-2019 05:12 PM

Thanks Captain. The Veritas does look nice but I don’t know that it justifies the increased cost in this situation. Especially when shipping is factored in.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#13 posted 01-17-2019 05:28 PM

I too have and use the Veritas flush trim blade…..Single sided instead of double sided, like theone the guys is using cutting dowels flush in the advertisement…..Had it for several years….

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#14 posted 01-17-2019 05:42 PM

Scientific research – my fatmax 15-252 has a 0.028” plate thickness and.006 (!) set each way, I was surprised.
My vaughan bs240p has a 0.025 plate with 0.004 set each way. It cuts so fast a few pulls and a dowel is gone, light sanding cleans it up.

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HokieKen

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#15 posted 01-17-2019 05:43 PM

Thanks Rick. I am tempted by the narrow tapered blade on the Veritas. But, like I said, I just don’t see the perceived advantages as justifying the price difference in this case. If I had been on the hunt when Lee Valley had their free shipping a few weeks ago, I’d be more tempted!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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