What hand saw do you guys like for cutting dados and sliding dovetails?

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Forum topic by weedeater64 posted 11-13-2019 09:46 PM 806 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2019 09:46 PM

I’m eyeballing that curved Z-Saw on Woodcraft, what are you guys using?

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#1 posted 11-13-2019 11:30 PM

Wow! I had to go find out what a “curved Z saw” was… Personally, I don’t use a saw to cut dados, I use a plane… Stanley 39 of the dado width I need. The skewed iron makes short work of cleaning the bottom as I go. No chisel required! On large dados, as in half lap joints, I use an older 14 point tennon saw.

Regards, the Kentucky Toolsmith!

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#2 posted 11-14-2019 02:33 AM

I’ve got the Veritas crosscut carcass saw. I’m pretty happy with it.

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#3 posted 11-14-2019 03:34 AM

Dados? Mainly a Stanley #45. Small, narrow dados…

Like these?

I use the mitre box saw, to saw the sides of the dados, then the chisel to clean the waste out….

Sliding dovetails? Router, dovetail bit. guide fence…

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#4 posted 11-14-2019 03:24 PM

Sliding dovetails?

(I know, I’m being a smart&ss…)


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#5 posted 11-14-2019 07:52 PM

Dado stack on the table saw for dadoes or router for sliding dovetails.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 11-14-2019 08:01 PM

Router with a fence for both.

-- Petey

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