I would like to start learning how to cut dovetails by hand and was wondering what saw you all would recommend for starting out? I can't afford anything to expensive so looking for some budget friendly options. Thank you!
There are a few budget dovetail saws, on the market.
You can find them at your local home centers and wood working stores.
The Irwin saw will suffice for a beginner/novice.
This size is handy for making small dovetails.
It's about 7" long and has 22tpi.
Irwin also offers a larger model, more suited for larger dovetails, in thicker stock.
A quality dovetail saw will produce better results.
Such as the Japanese style, that features cutting on the pull stroke.
The saw teeth are a better quality, and produce better results.
I have the budget variety as well as the Japanese style.
Some feature a straight handle style and some feature a handsaw style handle.
Select what is comfortable for you.
You can do a google search for dovetail saws---there are many images for a variety & styles.
Practice making dovetails, from scrape pieces of wood, before advancing to a final project.
Learning to make dovetails by hand cutting is the way to go, before advancing to power tools.
You'll also need some basic tools:
Small square 4-6", accurate measuring scales, bevel gauge, scribe (making sharp lines), dividers, chisels, mallet, coping saw, plane, clamps to hold the workpiece tight.
You might can make shop-made gauges for the various dovetail angles.
Thank you so much for the advice.