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Rob Cosman's Bone Resin Hand Saw Dovetail

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$249.99
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4.5

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Comes in a beautifully hand crafted Walnut and Aspen presentation/storage case.

Rob Cosman has been woodworking for most of his life. While earning a B.Sc. in Industrial Technology/Furniture Design at Brigham Young University, he was Dr. Dale L. Nish's teaching assistant. Rob has also worked with many of the world's best craftsmen – including Alan Peters, Sam Maloof, Tage Frid, Monroe Robinson and Peter Korn. After teaching thousands of students to cut dovetails by hand, Rob saw the many problems people had when using traditional dovetails saws. With the goal of enabling woodworkers to assemble their dovetails straight from the saw, Rob designed and developed this dovetail saw to address the problems he had seen. The first two inches of the blade has super-fine, 22 TPI for ease of starting the cut, while the remainder of the blade has more aggressive 15 TPI for finishing the cut quickly. With an extra-heavy brass back and an overall weight of 22 oz., versus 13 oz. of other high-end dovetail saws, the saw itself provides the downward pressure for smooth, vibration-free cuts. Composite bone resin handles have carved finger recesses for a comfortable fit in the hand. A slight .002 inch (per side) set makes for dead-straight saw cuts and produces a .024 inch kerf. Each saw is personally tested by Rob prior to shipping and comes in a beautifully handcrafted walnut and Aspen presentation/storage case. Overall saw length is 15-1/8", blade length is 10", cutting depth is 1-5/8".

  • Rob Cosman creation
  • Special design features not found on other dovetail saws
  • Extra-heavy brass back
  • Each saw personally tested by Rob Cosman
  • Handcrafted Aspen presentation and storage case
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    4.6

    (based on 7 reviews)

    71%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Well built / quality (5)
    • Effective (4)
    • Lightweight (2)
    • Sturdy case (2)
    • Versatile (2)

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts (2)
    • Large projects (2)
    • Small projects (2)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (5)
    • Primary Use:
    • Personal (6)

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    5.0

    Rob Cosman's Bone Resin Hand Saw Dovetai

    By  Joseph P Hunstad

    from Charlotte, North Carolina

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Very Precise Well-made

    Cons

    • A Bit Expensive But When

    Best Uses

    Comments about Rob Cosman's Bone Resin Hand Saw Dovetail :

    This all comes in a nice presentation box but that for me was not important. What is important is the flatness of the blade, the strength and heft to the backing and handle and the excellent ergonomic fit of the handle. In addition the first 2 inches of the blade have 22 teeth per inch which is great for starting a cut and the back 75% of the saw blade is 15 teeth per inch for rapid sawing. Very well made precise tool for hand cut dovetails and other fine work. I have been using the excellent handsaw made by independent tool purchased by the Nielsen which is a very good saw but not nearly the saw that the Rob Cosman is.

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Fits my hand like a glove.

    By  Murph

    from Leesburg, Va.

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Strong
    • Sturdy case
    • Versatile
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments about Rob Cosman's Bone Resin Hand Saw Dovetail :

    If you really want to enjoy the precision and concentration necessary without the anst of repetative slips or errors, this is the only tool that will cut without the gaps, wandering, etc or the need to fill. Perfect dovetails everytime. Truly a beautiful tool.

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Expensive, but fantastic

    By  Mike

    from Naperville, IL

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • High quality
    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts
    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about Rob Cosman's Bone Resin Hand Saw Dovetail :

    I've been using various saws over the decades (yes I'm, er, middle aged). I have files and a saw set but never really felt any of my hand saws were great - or at least super accurate. I've always preferred glue line rip tablesaw blades and router bits. Never viewed hand sawing as anything but a necessary chore. Since my woodworking these days is less necessity and more enjoyment I've come to appreciate taking the time with hand tools. I've learned how much difference high quality hand planes and chisels make in my enjoyment and the quality of my work. I finally got to try out some really great dovetail saws and what a surprise! It was like the difference between a well tuned plane and an hour with a sanding block. I really resisted the price of the Rob Cosman saw, but in the end the extra weight, the progressive pitches it has, and the thick handle added up to being worth the difference for my old, less than perfect hands.

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Rob Cosman's has the best saw

    By  Wood tinkering

    from Fort Worth Texas

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Great feel in my hand
    • Lightweight
    • Saws true
    • Strong
    • Sturdy case

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dovetails bench work
    • Gifts
    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about Rob Cosman's Bone Resin Hand Saw Dovetail :

    Love it , find ways to use it each day

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Rob Cosman's dovetail saw

    By  Laurence Lance

    from Seattle, Washington

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments about Rob Cosman's Bone Resin Hand Saw Dovetail :

    Ever wonder why evey other month there is a "How to Dovetail" article in woodworking magazines? The answer is facinating. Automated dovetail machines came on line in 1860! That means by 1900 no one was doing dovetails in a production shop. And THAT means by 1930 or so there was no demand for the quality hand tools necessary to do the job. Fast forward to 2012. There are two saws that will cut dovetails with accuracy. One is Lie Neilson and the other is Rob's saw. I own both. The Lie is a good saw, not as close tolerances but good. Rob's is better and no one CAN NOT get as good as quality at half the price. I was in one of Rob's workshops and saw the people there struggle, but not with Rob's saw. As he says " 70% of dovetails is in the saw". The first reviewer is completely correct. The saw IS expensive but look at the difference between the saw width and the set and you can see how Rob cuts dovetails where the pins are about .020 wide. Can't do that with a cheap saw and I'm not at all sure it can be done with a Lie. Get the saw, It's gonna hurt $$ a bit but buy once, buy right!

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    5.0

    Great Saw for Beginners!

    By  Texa_Ken

    from Dallas, Texas

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Excellent construction
    • Great for beginners
    • Great tactile feedback
    • Higher weight
    • Starts like a charm

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dovetails
    • Small Tenons

    Comments about Rob Cosman's Bone Resin Hand Saw Dovetail :

    Let's get the con out of the way first. Yes, I almost had a heart attack putting out the money for this saw. But, after five month's use, I love the saw! It is now the reference saw that I use to judge all other saws against. I am a beginner that was frustrated with dovetailing. I was constantly wondering "Is it the saw or me?" In retrospect it was both. After purchasing the saw I was able to confidently say "It is me." and get on with the task of advancing my skill. The fit and finish of the saw is excellent. It fits into my larger hands very well. The weight of the saw is perfect for working 1" and less thickness wood. Remember Rob's advice, "hold it like you would holding the hand of a baby" and let the saw's weight exert the downward force. I would recommend it to a friend, especially if they are a beginner. If they did not have the money for Rob's saw, I would tell him to get a good saw and let us tune it as closely to Rob Cosman's saw performance as possible.

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    2.0

    Nice saw, way overpriced

    By  SD Woodie

    from South Dakota

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Pros

    • Attractive Design

    Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments about Rob Cosman's Bone Resin Hand Saw Dovetail :

    Tried one out from a friend. Yeah it's a nice saw, cut's well, but way overpriced. You can get saws this good at less than half of this price.

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