Tool Test: Scientific Approach to Hand-cut Dovetails

By Robert W. Lang
Page: 33

From the February 2008 issue #167
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The first impression most people (including me) have of this saw is one of disbelief. Backsaws have been one-handed tools since their inception, so why would anyone want to use two hands? The answer is part of a rethinking of precision handsawing on the part of Glen-Drake Toolworks. Glen-Drake’s marking gauges and hammers are favorites of ours, and this unusual new saw features the same quality construction and ergonomic design.

The idea behind the Wild West Joinery Saw is that one-handed sawing makes drifting to one side of a line, or off vertical, almost inevitable. Plenty of practice can improve the situation, but for many woodworkers, it remains a life-long battle. With a two-handed grip, the attitude and balance of the saw is easy to maintain both when starting and during a cut.


From the February 2008 issue #167
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