Dovetail Saws, Tenon Saws
Western saws, like some of the dovetail saws and back saws on offer here, are not ready to use, unlike Japanese saws. As rule the tooth setting is adequate, but in our opinion the saws haven’t been sharpened enough. Even if manufacturers tell you that their saws are ready to use, you should take this with pinch of salt, and be prepared to treat your saw to a final sharpening session with a file
. You could do worse than refer to our guide Sharpening of saw blades
(short), or even better, to the guide by Friedrich Kollenrott (PDF)
(long). Important exceptions are the Veritas dovetail saws and back saws which are definitely ready to use
. The reason for this is that the saw blades for Veritas dovetail and back saws are manufactured in Japan where the technology for ready to use hand saws is widely available
VERITAS Dovetail Saws
The Veritas dovetail saw is an innovative blend of tradition and technology. It incorporates all of the critical characteristics of a classic fine joinery saw, yet is executed using modern production processes and state-of-the-art materials. More ...
VERITAS Standard Dovetail Saw
Blade length 230 mm (9-1/4 inch)
Pitch 1.8 mm (14 TPI)
Cutting depth 37 mm (1-1/2 inch)
Blade thickness 0.5 mm (0.02 inch)
Kerf 0.7 mm (0.028 inch)
VERITAS Fine-Tooth Dovetail Saw
as above, but pitch 1.3 mm (20 TPI)
recommended for stock thinner than 13 mm (1/2 inch)
VERITAS Small Crosscut Saw
as above, but teeth filed crosscut
Pitch 1.6 mm (16 TPI)
The teeth of this saw are not filed directly across the blade (90°), but at an alternating 75° angle to the blade (fleam), which creates a 15° bevel (rake) on each tooth.
PAX Dovetail Saw
handle in two colours of beech, with fine workmanship. This saw has an extraordinarily good feel in the hand.
Blade length 200 mm
Pitch 1.25 mm / 20 TPI
Cutting depth 58 mm
Blade thickness 0.5 mm / 0.02 inch
Kerf 0.9 mm / 0.035 inch
PAX Dovetail Saw Ripcut
PAX Dovetail Saw Crosscut
VERITAS Carcass Saws
These saws carry forward the same design principles Veritas used to develop the innovative dovetail saws, adopting selected traits of traditional carcass saws and rendering them using innovative materials and modern manufacturing methods.
Typically used to cut joints in drawer runners, dividers, and stretchers (the framework or carcass of a piece), they are well balanced, maneuverable, and scaled for smaller work than a tenon saw.
Available in rip and crosscut versions. The 12 tpi (2.1 mm) rip saw has a 10° rake angle and an included angle of 60° for efficient cutting parallel to the grain. The 14 tpi (1.8 mm) crosscut saw has a rake angle of 15%deg;, an included angle of 60°, and teeth filed with alternating 15° bevels so they sever wood fibers rather than tear them. The teeth on each have relatively minimal set, at only 0.003" (0.1 mm) per side.
Each saw has a molded spine that incorporates stainless-steel powder for weight, glass fiber for stiffness, and an advanced polymer binder. An over-molded blade and stainless-steel handle-mounting bolt create a solid one-piece blade/spine/mount assembly. A single brass fastener secures the bubinga handle. The open-grip handle, made larger than those of classic carcass saws, permits a comfortable, secure grip. The high-carbon steel blade, 11" (279 mm) long and 0.02" (0.5 mm) thick, has a cut depth of about 2-3/8" (60 mm). Each saw is 16-3/8" (416 mm) long overall and weighs just under a pound.
VERITAS Crosscut Carcass Saw
VERITAS Ripcut Carcass Saw
VERITAS Saw Depth Stop
Here's a simple way to consistently control cut depth when using a backsaw. The 9 inch (228 mm) long aluminum rail is lightweight and easy to attach to either side of the blade with a high-friction magnetic strip. The stainless-steel rods give the rail a 2-3/8 inch (60 mm) range of adjustment.
The two clamp knobs, with rare-earth magnet bases, register against the spine of the saw; simply tighten the brass knobs to lock the rail at the desired cut depth. A reliable aid when a precise cut is needed. Suitable for all dovetail and tenon saws with minimum blade length 230 mm.
Made in Canada.
PAX Tenon Saws
construction as dovetail saw, but longer with bigger teeth. Brass back.
Blade length 300 mm
Pitch 2 mm / 13 TPI
Cutting depth 78 mm
Blade thickness 0.65 mm / 0.025 inch
Kerf 0.9 mm / 0.035 inch
PAX Tenon Saw Ripcut
PAX Tenon Saw Crosscut
VERITAS Tenon Saws
Weighing just under 680 g with 406 mm long blades, these are the largest saws in the Veritas line. Available in 9 tpi rip or 12 tpi crosscut patterns, the blades are made from 0.6 mm thick high-carbon steel.
Cutting depth 101 mm
Kerf 0.8 mm
The ripping saw teeth have a 14° rake angle; teeth on the crosscut saw have a 15° rake and have been filed with alternating 15° bevels so they sever wood fibers rather than tear them.
Each saw is well balanced, with a spine molded from a mixture of stainless-steel powder for weight, glass fiber for stiffness and a polymer resin binder. The closed handle is configured for exceptional control for a saw of this size and weight, with a bubinga grip secured by a stainless-steel bolt and brass nut.
The blade and handle-mounting bolt are molded into the spine, creating a solid blade/spine/mount assembly.
VERITAS Tenon Saw Ripcut
VERITAS Tenon Saw Crosscut