Lie-Nielsen - 10-in. Dovetail Saw - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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10-in. Dovetail Saw

Lie-Nielsen - 10-in. Dovetail Saw

Crown's gent-style dovetail saw has a turned handle that feels good in the hand, a rigid back, and cuts fast and clean.

$19 (As of 4/1/2006)

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Editor Choice-Best Overall Editor Choice-Best Value

Editor's Review:

by Chris Gochnour

review date: April 1, 2006

This test evaluated 11 Western-style dovetail saws, from $10 to $125. I used each one extensively in cherry, oak, and maple, making cuts with the grain and across it. I observed how fast each saw cut, the ease with which it started a cut, how smooth the saw was throughout the cut, and how well it tracked a line. I also checked the saw's quality of construction and ergonomics.

The turned handle on this Crown saw feels good in the hand, and its rigid back makes the saw feel solid. Given its low price, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this saw. The palm grip was comfortable and made the saw easy to align with the cut and to track while in the cut. The saw started well and cut fast. It is my choice for best overall and best value among the gent's saws.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Lie-Nielsen
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-327-2520
Teeth per Inch (tpi) 16 tpi
Blade Material High-Carbon Steel; Back Support: Folded Brass
Handle material Plantation-Grown Rosewood

This is a well-made tool and it performs better than you might expect, considering its low price. I am very pleased with mine.

I definitely fall in line with the editor's review on this. I recently purchased this saw, shortly after it was reviewed in FWW. Upon receiving it, I put it through its paces, trying dovetails, finger joints, and anything else I could think of cutting. This saw tracks excellently in the wood, keeping a good clean cut, as well as working relatively fast. It is a little difficult at times to accurately start a cut, but when it has a kerf, it immediately follows dead-straight.

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