Have been playing with handcut dovetails for a while.
Have used a japanese pull saw (dozuki?), a $10 back
saw and an expenso-costo LN DT saw (drive by neener).
The first and last work very well, the $10 SUCKS!
One of the problems I've been having is stopping the
cuts at the scribe line. If I overshoot the saw cut
shows, though with luck it's on the inside where it
won't show as much, or I undercut, which makes clean-
ing out the waste a little more work. Even using The
Mirror Trick, I still over or undershoot on at least
The other problem I have is getting the angle of the
saw right when cutting tails. A little off and I've
screwed up the joint or have more paring to do.
May have found a solution.
A buddy called me last night and asked to borrow my
little Makita cordless circular saw - you know, the
one with the 3 or 4 inch blade. This morning, while
packing it up I looked at a practive board I had
in the vise - layout lines all ready for cutting.
Hmmmm! Set the depth of cut on the Makita to the
depth of the pins, check the blade for square
and had a quick go at it. NOT BAD! With the shoulders
cut I nibbled away the waste.
I may be on to something. This may be The Missing
Link - the evolutionary link between the Neander
and the Normite. More research will be necessary
but this will document my discovery.
So if you've got a small cordless saw handy this
may get you to try "hand cut" dovetails.
Picture posted in a.b.p.w.