We believe that our Back Saws are the finest made anywhere. They are an exact copy of a British saw made in 1830. Owning one is like having a piece of woodworking history in your shop.
Since dovetailing is a ripping operation, where the kerf is running with the grain, our Dovetail Saw has its teeth filed to a rip profile, unlike other dovetail saws on the market today. Solid milled Brass back, finest quality Swedish Steel blade, curly Maple handle and traditional Brass split nut saw bolts.
With 15 points per inch, this Saw strikes an ideal balance between surface finish and speed. Teeth are set at .003″ per side for a .026″ kerf — narrow for straight cutting.
- 15 ppi rip.
- Length, including handle, is 15″, with an overall height of 4¼“ .
- Useable blade dimensions are 10″ long by 1-5/8″ deep x .020″ thick
Your saw is a joy to use. Unlike most saws on the market, every Lie-Nielsen saw has been precision filed, set, and test cut in hardwood before it leaves the shop.
The first thing you’ll need to know about your saw is how to hold it. This may seem obvious, but many people try to wrap all four fingers around the handle. The proper grip is to wrap the middle, ring, and little finger around the handle with the forefinger pointing along the brass back. You’ll discover that in doing so, you will have much better control over how your saw tracks, and it will also feel very comfortable and natural.
Your saw is very sharp when it arrives. When starting a cut, hold the saw blade so it is flush with the top of the stock. It is not necessary to tilt your saw at an angle when cutting. Best performance is obtained by sawing slowly and evenly with very little downward pressure, using as much of the blade as possible. Your saw will track right to the line. Be aware, however, that due to the slight set, your saw will be hard to correct if it starts to cut away from the line. If that happens, it’s because you didn’t line it up properly when you started. Practice on some scrap wood to acquaint yourself with how your saw cuts. If you had a poor sawing technique before, your new saw will force you to learn the proper sawing technique. Don’t worry — once learned, it’ll be smooth cutting. If your saw seems to „grab“ the wood and jump around in the kerf, you’re using too much downward pressure. Ease up a bit and take long slow strokes.