What Is a Dovetail Saw Used For?

Dovetail saws are used for making dovetail joints on furniture. The narrow 8- to 10-inch blade creates fine cuts with 14 to 17 teeth per inch, allowing the joints to fit together securely.

The dovetail saw is a type of back saw and is a member of the hand saw family. Its blade is attached to a stiff, reinforced metal handle that can have a closed, open or turned design. Miter cuts and other types of joint work can also be completed with a dovetail saw. The fineness of the blade reduces the amount of sanding necessary for completion of many woodworking projects.