I prefer sawing most of my dovetail waste out with a fret saw instead of chopping it out with a chisel. Sawing takes less effort and is easier to control. My fret saw features;
Pinned handle to prevent separation
Handle taped like a hockey stick for better grip and control
Frame is stiff and top mounted wing nut allows tightening blade to resist bowing
Light and with just a 3" depth of throat it is balanced
Quick twist of the blade at clamping points eliminates throat capacity restrictions.
Accepts 5 inch blades. I highly recommend using our five inch, 12.5 tpi skip tooth blades with this saw.
Skip tooth blades cut faster, especially in hard woods.
- Includes a package of 12 blades.
Size: Overall length (maximum extension: 12 1/2 inches; (minimum extension) 8 inches. Maximum frame opening: 6 Inches. Depth of throat: 3 inches.
Height: 4 1/2 inches.
Weight: 160 grams.
Frame: Made from forged steel construction for exceptional performance and durability features.
Handle: Wooden 4 inch long, wrapped in hockey grip tape.
Blade: Length: 5 inches. Width = 0.038 inches, Thickness = .016 inches, Teeth Per Inch (TPI) = 12.5 .
Feels high quality
I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but have given it a good look and feel and installed the blade. Sure feels high quality. Can’t wait to try my first Rob Cosman dovetails.
As a first time user I found it difficult but not as bad as I expected. After a few attempts it got easier.
The saw blade slips thru the hold downs when sawing tough end grains, and the blade bends. I had to resort to a coping saw with a stiffer blade. I think the fret saw will be fine for non-endgrain wood. I have been very satisfied with other RC products and the return policy.
Overall experience has been fantastic thanks to Rob’s videos and outstanding teaching style! What a fabulous resource and professional operation Rob is running!
From order to delivery everything was great especially as this item was ordered over the Christmas period and the shipping was to the UK. The fret saw itself is great quality and the hockey stick tape on the handle certainly makes a comfortable grip. The spare blades should last me a while.