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8-in. Dovetail Saw(1)

Crown Tools - 8-in. Dovetail Saw(1)

The Crown is a no-frills tool, but for the cost-conscious woodworker, it is the best value among the pistol-grip saws.

$62 (As of 4/1/2006)

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Editor Choice-Best Value

Editor's Review: Dovetail Saws

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 thin blade on the Crown saw is well-supported, and I had no trouble starting a cut. Although the teeth had more set than I like, which made it a bit more difficult to track in the kerf than with the Adria, the saw cut fast and smooth. The closed handle provides ample room for a large hand. The Crown is a no-frills tool, but for the cost-conscious woodworker, I recommend it as the best value among the pistol-grip saws.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Crown Tools
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Teeth per Inch (tpi) 20 tpi
Blade Material Sheffield Steel; Back Support: Folded Brass
Handle Material Stained Beechwood

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