Fret saw issue

  • 28 May 2017 8:25 AM
    Message # 4856808
    Anonymous

    Rob:  Armed with your dovetail saw, regular and saw-toothed marking blade, your instructional videos and manuals and your fret saw, I finally decided to try and cut some dovetails.  However, I can't seem to manage the fret saw.  As I said, I have your fret saw and a Knew Concepts saw and regardless of which, when I try to cut out the waste, the blade bends and/or pulls out of the saw.  By the way, since I have both saws, I'll say that I prefer your saw.  It is smaller, easier to manage and seems more sturdy.

    Anyway, I'd appreciate whatever help you can offer.  I've bent or broken several blades now and haven't managed a good, un-interrupted cut yet.




  • 05 Jun 2017 8:39 PM
    Reply # 4881977 on 4856808
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)

    Try using pliers to tighten the thumb screw.  Make sure the blade goes all the way into the jaws, cuts with teeth facing a you.  Relax, comfortable grip and practice on some thin soft wood

  • 09 Jun 2017 8:21 AM
    Reply # 4889334 on 4856808

    Make sure your blade is turned to cut on the pull stroke. Also, if you look where the blade pinches in, there are some little slits there. I took a triangles file and made them a little more pronounced. That seemed to help. Make sure you have the blade good and tight in there. Loosen the tensioner all the way, put the blade in, then tighten. Sometimes I do it twice with the same blade to stretch the blade out a little then tighten again. If the blade is too loose then it seems to snag easily. Other than that, i've learned that cutting dovetails is a gentleman's sport. Nice and easy, nice and easy. If you are useing muscle, then your technique needs work.

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