Make Your Own Dovetail Saw – Short Course
Tools are prized possessions, for those who are that way inclined and when you’ve got the bug, then the tools at your local hardware store will no longer cut it (pun intended).
Tool enthusiasts are of course after the best quality tools available, these which need to be hunted down, often requiring inside information about where and why to seek it.
It’s the heirloom quality tools that are sought out, ones that will last a lifetime or maybe two. It’s the tools that are beautiful crafted, tools that you will hand down to your son and or tools which look more like ornaments for the mantelpiece that attract us. Most importantly, it is the tools that function in the best possible way… to the highest precision.
There is of course always a draw back to wanting the best and that is the unfavourable affect on the wallet. The expense is often worth it, but there are two other alternatives to acquiring the good stuff.
The first is buying second hand. It seems common knowledge now, that old tools are generally well made and will still have life left in them, if properly used and cared for.
The Second, more pride educing option is to build them yourself.
So why build your own saw?
Well it is difficult without the know-how, but with guidance and practice the result is incredible.
If done properly (with the help of enthusiasts like Ray & Josh Gardiner) you can produce a dovetail saw in a day, to the same standard or even better than what can be purchased. The beauty of making it yourself is that, it will have your making mark and will be, as a result, unique. It is guaranteed to be respected, prized and something worthy of the next generation.
Most of all it will engage, challenge, educate and leave you enamoured by the experience and I hope these pictures prove just that.
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