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Deer 10-in. Dovetail Saw

Generic - Deer 10-in. Dovetail Saw

The Deer saw is an economy saw, and its detailing reflects as much.

$10 (As of 4/1/2006)

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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 Deer saw is an economy saw, and its detailing reflects as much. The beech handle, though reasonably comfortable, is far from graceful, and a thin steel back, riveted to the blade, provides minimal rigidity. The biggest downside to this saw, however, was its poor performance caused by a subpar sharpening job. It's shaped with a peg tooth (the same angle on the tooth's front and back) and has excessive set, which produced a slow cut that was prone to wander in the kerf, making it difficult to control.

Corrected 11/9/2006: The Deer Dovetails saw is a generic brand. It is not made by Thomas Flinn and Co.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Generic
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Manufacturer's Phone Number
Teeth per Inch (tpi) 20 tpi
Blade Material N/A; Back Support: Thin Steel
Handle Material Beech

I believe you can still get these saws at Woodcraft. With 15 minutes work this saw will do outstanding work cutting dovetails. I teach hand cutting dovetails and a lot of people can not afford any of the high end saws. So, I bought one of these to see what could be done with it in order to satisfy students questions. I was very impressed! Once tuned it will do the job at a very very affordable price!

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