Tool Test: Rob Cosman Dovetail Saw


This saw is different in almost every way, from its handle to its teeth.
By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 16

From the April 2010 issue #182
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The new dovetail saw from craftsman Rob Cosman pushes the limits on saws that are designed to cut woodworking’s signature joint. Cosman developed the saw after teaching thousands of woodworkers to cut dovetails and having one bright idea while talking with his wife in bed.

What’s different about this saw? Everything. Cosman’s saw is the heaviest and longest dovetail saw I’ve ever used. Tipping the scales at 1.16 lbs., the saw’s weight comes from a heavy 1/4″-thick x 7/8″-wide brass back and 1″-thick Swanstone handle.

Swanstone is a solid-surface material like Corian, but it is reinforced with glass to be more durable. Cosman added weight to the saw’s toe to make the tool start easily and cut smoothly. The weight from the Swanstone handle helps balance the tool.

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From the April 2010 issue #182
Buy this issue now