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April 1, 2009

Prototype Dovetail Saw

I have finally come up with a solution to the controversy between Western Push style Dovetail Saws and the popular Eastern Pull style Dovetail Saw.  It was brought about when one day I was cutting some dovetails with a Western style Dovetail Saw while a friend of mine was watching.

He commented ‘if that saw had a handle on the other end, he could give me a hand’.  What a thought, my mind went back to the two handle whip saws of yore and put 2 and 2 together and got 22.  Now I think I have solved the problem with whither you prefer the Western or Eastern style handsaw.

Ultimate Dovetail Saw

The Eastern end is traditional with a tang and bamboo wrapped handle.  The Western end is a typical riveted handle that is octagonal and tapered.  This will surely set to rest the problem about deciding which to choose.  Just choose this one.



  1. wait…what’s the date?

    Comment by ant — April 1, 2009 @ 7:40 am

  2. What an idea…..I think I will modify the handles on my bow saws to accomplish the same end. 😉

    Comment by John Pappas — April 1, 2009 @ 8:40 am

  3. Stephen… I think you should have the teeth facing from each end towards the middle. In this fashion, it won’t matter from which end you start. Dr. Doolittle was the first to recognize the importance of this fact.


    Comment by Gary Roberts — April 1, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

  4. Crazy idea, you forget the brass back ;-D

    Comment by Marc from Luxemburg — April 9, 2009 @ 9:02 am

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