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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 www.lie-nielsen.com
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
10/8/2009

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.
3/23/2008

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.
10/17/2007

Beautiful tool and works as well as it looks. Very thin kerf, tracks straight, well worth the money.
10/30/2006

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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