Lie-Nielsen - 9-in. Dovetail Saw - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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9-in. Dovetail Saw

Lie-Nielsen - 9-in. Dovetail Saw

The Lie-Nielsen is a great saw, with a classic aesthetic, and the company offers factory resharpening services.

$125 (add 25 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 was easy to start and made smooth cuts. Although the saw cut a bit slower than others, its 9-in. length allowed for a longer, more efficient stroke. As with the Adria, it took a bit of time to get used to the hang of the saw, but the saw fit my hand comfortably.

Overall, the Lie-Nielsen is a great saw, with a classic aesthetic, and the company offers factory resharpening services.

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Manufacturer Specifications

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

I purchased this Dovetail Saw from LN for a specific project. I knew there was going to be literally dozens of dovetails I would have to cut, and it seemed like a good time to upgrade my equipment. From the word "GO" this saw did a magnificent job. It sliced almost effortlessly through extremely curly cherry and enabled me to stay as close to my layout lines as I possibly could. Very little cleanup was needed on my pins and tails, and my project turned out beautifully. I attribute the results more to the saw than to my skill... However, this ergonomic saw let me cut comfortably for a very, very long time with very little fatigue. If I could give this saw a higher grade than 5 stars, I would. Anyone who purchases this saw won't be disappointed- but I would kick in the extra couple of bucks for the leather guard- I'm glad I did.

For the last 30 years I have always used UK saws, planes and hand tools, ET Roberts & Lee, Stanley etc, but I am now a wholesale convert to LN products. Quite simply they are the best and have a quality that I thought had been lost. Expensive, especially with import duty to the UK but you get what you pay for.

Beautiful tool and works as well as it looks. Very thin kerf, tracks straight, well worth the money.

I bought the LN to learn to cut hand sawn dovetails. I'm still learning but the saw isn't the cause of any problems I've encountered. It cuts a straight thin line that is essential to dovetails. The handle is comfortable as it fit's my hand well where a smaller handle wouldn't. One of the LN rep's demonstrated the proper method of starting the saw to me at a woodworking show. Never had a problem after that with getting it to start a kerf.

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