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    New DT Saw

    Here is a pic of my "new" dovetail saw. This is something I started making a couple years ago. Alan DuBoff offered me some very nice saw nuts. Imagine my surprise when I open a box to find an entire saw kit!!!

    The blade, back, and nuts are from him. He also sent a maple handle cutout, but I had started one from walnut and decided to use it. The handle was rasped and sanded to shape, finished with garnet shellac and wax.

    I didn't get things lined up as I would have liked, but it seems to work well!

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    Ed, the saw looks great. I have considered getting a saw kit from Mike Wenzloff for some time, but I am not sure he still offers that service. What aspect of the saw building would you consider to be the most challenging?

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    Cutting the kerf for the blade and mortising for the back. You really need to be precise and this one could have definitely been done better. I had actually started making the blade too and may still try to finish that one. Sure would be nice to have a toother!!!
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    Dude, that looks great. I've been hearing about it for a long time ... sweet!

    You never even mentioned you finished it ... MONTHS ago!

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    That looks sweet to me, Ed. Great job.

    (I'm still trying to figure out how it attaches to your router, though.)
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    A beauty!

    Nice work! How cool is it to have a tool the you can walk around telling people, "Yeah, the dovetails on this drawer are all handcut.....with a backsaw that I made myself." Can't wait to see what you make with it! Again, great looking saw!

    Hutch

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    sweet saw one more thing on the want to do list but wont be very soon. nice job on the handle work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Nelson View Post
    Here is a pic of my "new" dovetail saw. This is something I started making a couple years ago. Alan DuBoff offered me some very nice saw nuts. Imagine my surprise when I open a box to find an entire saw kit!!!

    The blade, back, and nuts are from him. He also sent a maple handle cutout, but I had started one from walnut and decided to use it. The handle was rasped and sanded to shape, finished with garnet shellac and wax.

    I didn't get things lined up as I would have liked, but it seems to work well!
    I am late getting into this thread Ed but like you, I miss Alan DuBoff's presence on here. We had some great private conversations on making hand tools...mostly saws and he certainly knows his saws!

    Nice dovetail saw though. I can certainly understand the desire to make the perfect saw, but oh how that is so difficult to obtain! I hope you have not got hooked on hand making saws now though...it is a very slippery slope that is for sure.
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