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Hand saw TPI.

I have one 14 TPI Veritas hand saw and I've used it just about every time I cut dovetails or M&T. I have noticed I have a hard time getting the saw to stay on a mark especially when just starting out. At first a attributed that to my inexperience but Lately I've been wondering if a higher TPI would make that easier. Is there a significant difference between a 14 or 16 tpi and maybe a 20 tpi fine cut dovetail saw?... or should I just keep practicing with what I have?
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You may be holding the saw too tight, forcing it into the cut or a little of both. Loosen up a bit and let the teeth do the work.

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ok, just wanted to make sure I wasn't way off, and 14 tpi is really the going rate for dovetailing/M&T.
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TPI really only determines the smoothness of a cut. If you really wanted to you could use a 5tpi rip saw for everything and just have to clean up the cut more. Better question, is your saw sharp? A sharp saw should bite right into the wood and leave a clean cut, if you have to force it is probably needs sharpening

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