Do you have one?
Do you like it?
We use them all the time but how much have you really thought about them?
The length of the saw plate and the tooth count (teeth/points per inch). The design and the feel of the handle in hand…would you prefer a closed handle to an open one? What about a canted blade- what are your thoughts on those? What the heck is a canted blade anyway?
What would you change about the current saw market if you had the opportunity to do so?
There’s an interesting discussion going on at the Bad Axe Tool Works Facebook page and you may consider throwing in your two cents. Why?
Because Mark Harrell, owner, operator and the ‘man behind Bad Axe’ is one of those people that listens to his clients. He welcomes you and I, the consumers to tell him what we like and don’t like in our dovetail saws. He’s asking us to give him our honest opinions of what we’d like to see in his new dovetail saw design due out in late August.
Maybe its a higher tooth count or a closed handle; maybe its just an aesthetic appeal we can’t live without. I’ve added some of my own thoughts on the topic and welcome you to share yours too. Whether you’re new to cutting dovetails or a professional craftsman everyone has an opinion. This afternoon I threw in my own two cents and made reference to an old Disston saw I use for sawing dovetails.
It has a 10″ plate and is filed at 14 tpi. (It’s actually the first saw I filed and set-up myself so I’m almost like a proud father…) I don’t know what the model is but I know that it feels almost perfect in my hand. I recently searched through the Disstonian Institute and was able to find this information. I think this saw was marketed as a small tenon saw but here I am almost 100 years later using it for sawing dovetails. Yes, I sometimes draw the saw back too far and inadvertently pull it out of the saw kerf while sawing and I usually end up banging the end of the plate into my work piece and whisper a few profanities but hey- that’s why I’d like a longer saw plate in a dovetail saw and this is why I expressed my thoughts today on the Bad Axe Discussion on Face book. It has a closed handle and a canted blade and it just feels right and that’s what counts when you use a hand tool as much as I use this one.
With that I’m off to the basement to begin working on a bunch of drawers I’m making for the armoire project. Yes they’ll all be dovetailed and yes I’ll be using my old Disston backsaw…it’s my saw of choice for cutting dovetails- at least until the end of the summer!
For more information on Disston hand saws and history visit the Disstonian Institute.
And to join in the discussion and find out more on Bad Axe Tool Works click here.