The Tools I Use To Cut Dovetails

I hope you're enjoying your Katz-Moses Magnetic Dovetail Jig. If you ever have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. I love helping people and if I can give you a trick I've learned all the better.


I get asked quite often which products I use to cut dovetails. Below is a list of things I consider essential to my process and why I like them. These are the tools I use personally and love. If you have any questions about these or any other tools please shoot me an email.  If you're in the market for any of these please use the link provided as it helps support my business, further growth and innovation. Cheers and thank you so much for your dovetail pictures.


Dozuki Razor Saw


This saw has been in my quiver for almost 3 years. It's still as sharp as day one and cuts the thinnest kerf on the market. I was just at the William NG School of fine woodworking for a week and William was really impressed with this saw. He recommended that if you can't afford the $300 dollar saws that the next best thing was to get an inexpensive one because they use harder steel. Harder steel means they stay sharper longer and can be replaced when worn out. More expensive saws are made with softer steel because they assume you'll be sharpening it regularly to hone it to your liking. I personally like pull saws as apposed to the western push saws but that's just me.


Marking Gauge


The micro adjust feature on this is amazing. For a only couple bucks more than the cheaper ones this is a huge upgrade. It feels robust and heavy in the hand and cuts really well. Upgrading to this made a big difference for me.


Marking Knife


I love this knife for the thin blade. It's not expensive and gets into tight places. The blade is stiff and great for marking straight lines and feels great in the hand.


Stanley Sweetheart Chisels


When it comes to western chisels you can't beat the quality and value of Stanley Sweetheart bench chisels. They hold a scary sharp edge for a very long time, are affordable and come with  a relatively flat back so you can get to work with less prep work. I really love these things the set comes with an awesome leather carrying case.


Fret Saw


This is definetely a luxury buy but it makes a huge difference for me. I use the thinnest blades (20 TPI) and can cut fractions away from my marking guage line. The stiff back is a game changing addition to saws of this type and I could never go back to a regular coping saw after using this. 


Diamond Plates Set


I found these about 3 months ago and was skeptical of the price to value ratio. I've now beat these up and don't know if I'll ever go back to water stones. Unless a chisel or plane iron needs major work, I quickly hit the medium and fine about 30 strokes each and the strop for about 30 seconds. It gets things razor sharp and gets me back to work really fast.