Dovetails Done Right with a Rob Cosman Dovetail Saw

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Dovetails Done Right with a Rob Cosman Dovetail Saw

What makes this saw special is not only that it’s made by Rob Cosman, a guy who cuts thousands of dovetails every year, but also that it was designed after years of teaching—and listening to—woodworkers who have taken Rob’s dovetailing seminars. Not surprisingly, the end result is a sweet saw with one of the fastest learning curves.

Starting from the tip, Rob’s saw features progressive-pitch teeth, 22 tpi to start, followed by an aggressive 15 tpi to finish the cut in the fewest number of strokes. Rob has added more brass to the back, so that your arm plays the role of the piston, leaving the saw to do the work. While the composite handle offers comfort, it also adds weight to balance out the brass back. Last but not least, Rob tests each saw (a few have not made the final cut) before putting it in a nice hardwood case. 

My only major hang-up is the price; $250 is a lot to pay for a saw. However, this saw eliminates one of the hurdles encountered with trying to master a new skill. Used in conjunction with Rob’s DVDs, you’ll be able to match your stance and saw stroke— just like taking a class with the expert himself. The only downside is that you’ll no longer be able to blame your tools. 

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