These have been in the works for some time, and I am happy to finally add them to my website. Those who stopped by my booth at WIA may recognize them, as they were all on display there.
This dovetail saw falls on the smaller end of the spectrum, and is perfect for dovetails in wood up to about 3/4″ thick. Its light weight, coupled with a high hang angle, make it a very responsive saw capable of the most precise and delicate work.
The blade is nine inches long, and canted, with 1 1/2″ depth of cut at the heel and 1 5/16″ deep at the toe. In keeping with the lightweight design and look, the spine is also tapered in depth.
This carcase saw traces its roots to 1816, where it is shown in Smith’s Key (a catalog from which retailers could order merchandise). While it is the same length as my Disston carcase saw, the similarities end there. The low hang angle and the heavily canted blade combine to create a saw that has a completely different feel from the Disston carcase saw.
This particular saw is a little special, as it is the first time I have used stainless steel in my saws. After I work out some of the bugs in machining it, I will offer it as an option (for both the bolts and the spine) on most or all of my saws. The wood is cherry crotch, and looks even better in real life than in the pictures below.
The elm in the first two saws is a little special, as I cut it myself on my parents’ property in Wisconsin. It was a beautiful wood to work with – just the right hardness to work easily, yet hold crisp details, and it took a wonderful finish. With any luck, I will have enough of it in the future to offer as a standard option to customers.