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A Brief History of the Lie-Nielsen Dovetail Saw

In the late 1990s, Pete Taran and Patrick Leach created a side business manufacturing this high quality, ready-to-go out of the box Dovetail Saw under the name Independence Tool, originally selling it on the internet during the early days of eCommerce.

Due to the saw's success, the work quickly became more than a part time job, and Pete and Patrick had to give it up. Fortunately Tom Lie-Nielsen stepped in and arranged to buy Independence Tool and take over the saw's manufacture. Tom went on to add a Carcass Saw, Tenon Saw and eventually Panel Saws to the line. Today Lie-Nielsen Tool Works uses state of the art machines to make the three back saws in two styles, and plans to re-introduce an updated Panel Saw next year.

From Highland Hardware's 1997 catalog, referring to the Independence Tool Dovetail Saw:

"This exquisitely hand-made saw works like no other you've used, unless you've learned to completely re-file and re-set your saws on your own the way master joiner Frank Klausz does it. It's modeled on 19th century saws. It is made explicitly for dovetailing, so it's a small saw; the blade is 9" long, a little less than 1-3/4" deep to the back.

"The beveled brass back lends it perfect heft and stiffness, so it cuts with virtually no added pressure from you. The handle is generously proportioned for a very comfortable grip. The teeth, however, are what really set this saw apart. They're filed to a 15 tpi rip profile, since dovetail sawing is on the rip, after all. They're set only about .003" either way, taking a kerf less than 1/32" and making for an extremely smooth, easy cut.

"This saw may not be the most expensive dovetail saw on the market, but it's certainly the best we've ever seen."

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