The Adria dovetail saw is a labor of love and its manufacturer
put a lot of care and attention into it. In our opinion, this
is the finest dovetail saw made anywhere. This information
describes proper use and care for this saw, so it can serve
and last for generations.
The blade on your saw has been protected with a light coat
of paste wax. You can remove this layer with alcohol or paint
thinner before using the saw.
Wipe the sawdust off the blade
after use if you don't intend to use the saw for a few
days. Sawdust can attract humidity
and cause rusting on the blade. In addition, it is a good
idea to apply a light coat of paste wax to the blade if you
to use the saw for a longer time.
Holding the Saw
The saw handle is intended to be gripped with three fingers:
middle, ring and little finger. The index finger rests on the
handle along the brass back.
Your saw has been precision sharpened and tested by making
straight cuts in hardwood.
It is important to understand how
to properly start the cut. The Adria dovetail saw comes
very sharp and if too much pressure
is applied when starting the cut, the teeth will dig into the
wood and the saw will appear to "grab" the wood and
jump in the kerf.
The proper technique is to apply very little
downward pressure during the first few strokes, until the
kerf is established.
Put your index finger or the thumb of
your other hand next to the blade in order to stabilize
it. Then start the forward
motion with the saw, which will lightly score the surface
of the wood.
Once these first few light strokes create the
kerf, more pressure can be applied and the saw will start
with full speed.
It is completely unnecessary to start
the kerf with a backward motion of the saw.
When starting the cut, the blade can be under any angle
relative to the top of the stock. The standard way
is to have the
cutting edge parallel to the surface of the wood. However,
find it easier to tilt the blade backwards and start
the cut on the edge closer to them. Then again, the
tilts the blade forwards and starts the cut on the
edge away from him. In other words, this is a completely
Please keep in mind that once the cut is
started, it will not be possible to change its direction.
is due to
possible amount of set being applied to the saw teeth,
which results in thin kerf and fast cutting. With
you'll learn to aim the saw well and cut along the
Your saw should require very infrequent sharpening since
the blade is made out of the best steel available.
If you're using this saw
for hobby purposes, you may need to sharpen
it only once every few years.
The Adria dovetail saw is filed rip,
which is a very simple profile to sharpen. You can easily
do it yourself with a little practice.
Use 5" double
extra slim taper file to file teeth on the saw. Take two
thin pieces of straight wood and clamp them on
both sides of the saw blade, so that the top of the wood is
slightly above the bottom of the gullet on the teeth.
one light swipe with a file on each tooth. All
teeth can be filed from the same side. The file
will leave a small grove
in the two pieces of wood if they have been positioned properly.
This small grove is a good indication of the depth of filing.
One light swipe per tooth is all that is needed and if the
swipes are consistent, you will never need to joint your saw.
teeth on the saw should be set so that the total
width of the kerf is 0.026" or 0.003" per
side. If the set becomes too small due to the use
or filing, the teeth will
need to be set. To set the teeth, use the Somax saw-set available
at Lee Valley or an older saw-set like the Stanley 42X. In
both cases you will need to grind down the plunger
on these saw-sets
because they are too wide for the small teeth on the Adria
our good friend Steve Cooke, who was handling re-sharpening of Adria
saws, has passed away. We are currently searching for someone capable
of taking over this service. Feel free to send us suggestions if you
know someone qualified.
There is no way you can possibly evaluate this
saw in the measly 30 days that some firms give
you as a return period. In fact,
many firms won't allow you to return the product at all unless
it was defective. If you want to order this saw, I insist that
you do so entirely at MY RISK. That is why it comes with a
No Risk, No Hassle, 100% Unconditional One Year MONEY-BACK
GUARANTEE. What I mean is, I want you to order without feeling
you might "get taken". I am a well respected saw
maker with a reputation I plan on keeping. It's my name and
my reputation that is on the line. Therefore, I want you to
order this fantastic saw today...learn how to use it...put
it into practice and then decide if it was worth the small
investment into your woodworking skills. If for any reason
you aren't completely satisfied, simply return it in salable
condition for an immediate refund of your purchase price. You
simply can't lose!