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Thread: Rip cut teeth or cross cut teeth for dovetails?

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    Rip cut teeth or cross cut teeth for dovetails?

    Hi there.

    I wonder if any of you can enlighten me on this.

    Cross cut and rip cut teeth saws are used for what their name stands for or so I understood.

    However, what type of saw does use any of us for cutting dovetails? I'm asking this because each time I have to make dovetails by hand I get mixed and disorientating feelings and results, sometimes they turn out perfect with a rip saw, others don't and they turn out great with a crosscut saw.

    Lack of experience maybe?? Size of teeth(not mine, thes saw's ones ) respect ot wood thickness??

    Any comments will be greatly appreciated.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    toni, all the books say to use a rip saw, i prefer the finer cut of a crosscut.
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    Rip saws are what are generally used. I have the Lie-Nielsen saw, works pretty well. I'm thinking of ordering a Wenzloff saw with a more custom configuration...

    http://www.wenzloffandsons.com/saws/index.html

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    Hi Tod 6 Scott.

    Thanks for your input, I'll keep on practising.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Thornton View Post
    Rip saws are what are generally used. I have the Lie-Nielsen saw, works pretty well. I'm thinking of ordering a Wenzloff saw with a more custom configuration...

    http://www.wenzloffandsons.com/saws/index.html
    I have one of Mike's saws with bubinga handle and they are mighty nice. I haven't used it yet though but they are supposed to work as nicely as they look. I am a pretty big guy and Mike fit the handle based on my hand.
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    I've used both with good success... I tend to reach for what works best at the time, or which ever one I happen to grab off the wall.
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    I use a Japanese pull cut, crosscut saw, I really like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    I use a Japanese pull cut, crosscut saw, I really like it!

    So Stu are you saying when it Japan.

    I just got one Friday sure feels strange cutting on the pull stroke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Leetch View Post
    So Stu are you saying when it Japan.

    I just got one Friday sure feels strange cutting on the pull stroke.
    Hey Bart, that "Strange" feelilng you are having............. it's called "Control"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Gumpper View Post
    I have one of Mike's saws with bubinga handle and they are mighty nice. I haven't used it yet though but they are supposed to work as nicely as they look. I am a pretty big guy and Mike fit the handle based on my hand.
    Yeah, that's part of the reason I am thinking of upgrading for the LN to a Wenzloff. The handle on the LN doesn't fit my hand really well, wish it were a little bigger. It starts a little hard too.

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