Bowsaw

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Sawing Out Dovetail Waste

When I teach dovetailing to a class, one of the common questions is why I saw out the majority of the waste between the tails and pins, instead of chopping with a chisel. The simple answer is: That’s how I learned to do it, I’m fast at it and coping saws are easier to...

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James Howarth, 19th-century Toolmaker

  Coming (very soon!) in our November issue is an article by Willard Anderson titled, “Make a Shapely Bowsaw.” Unlike today’s commercially available models, the antique example on which Bill based his saw has tapered handle holes through the arms, which helps maintain the sawing angle on the blade. You’ll find out how to...