Dovetail Saws & Tools
Well-executed hand-cut dovetails are one of the things that distinguish the accomplished craftsman because they require preparation, practice and precision. We've assembled products well-suited to the task in one location for convenience.
- Lie-Nielsen Dovetail Saw: For over 200 years, American & European craftsmen have used this style of saw because it provides comfort and consistency.
- Tite-Mark Marking Gauge: The standard 7 in. model is a good choice. Choose the Tite Mark III if you plan to do mortises as well. Use this marking gauge in conjunction with a marking knife to ensure an accurate cut.
- Starrett Combination Square: The 4 in. size is well-suited to dovetails.
- Hardwood & Urethane Mallets: The 20 oz. size is popular for dovetails. These mallets protect your chisels from damage and still give good feedback.
- Chisels: Most people use bevel edge chisels to chop out dovetails. Dovetail chisels are helpful because of their triangular profile. Skew chisels allow access to difficult areas, especially in half-blind dovetails.
- Training: Rob Cosman's DVDs are up to date and thorough. Tage Frid's classic book on furniture making has detailed photos and instructions for cutting dovetails.
- Additional Information (PDF): Chris Schwarz Dovetail Editorial
If you have any trouble finding a specific dovetail marker or have questions concerning any of our products, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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