10-in. Dovetail Saw(1) - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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10-in. Dovetail Saw(1)

Lie-Nielsen - 10-in. Dovetail Saw(1)

The Lie-Nielsen saw is impeccably detailed, with a long handle and a thin blade.

$75 (add 15 for rosewood handle) (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 Lie-Nielsen saw is impeccably detailed. Its long handle is designed to be grasped through the hand, similar to how you would hold a Japanese pullsaw. The saw's thin blade sliced effortlessly through wood, but the long handle was more difficult to grasp, drive, and control than the shorter handle styles.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Lie-Nielsen
Manufacturer's Web Site www.lie-nielsen.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-327-2520
Teeth per Inch (tpi) 15 tpi
Blade Material Swedish Spring Steel (50-52R); Back Support: Slotted Brass
Handle Material Curly Maple

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