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Plane Hammer 5

Dove Tail Markers Saddle Tail 5

August, 2014 Announcing new Saddle-Tail units, FIVE Slopes now available!

January 24, 2014 Update: We continue to keep busy with orders since Chris Schwarz named the Saddle-Tail the day 7 tool of his 2013 Anarchist Gift guide.

“If you use a dovetail marker, this is the best one I’ve encountered yet.”

We appreciate the review Chris and others have provided (see them on the “In The News page“) as well as the comments and feedback from our customers.  Please stay tuned for some new product releases in the next week on our New Products page!

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The Saddle-Tail is a premium woodworking layout tool that is both dovetail marker and saddle square in one tool, the price per unit is $80 plus shipping.
Maryland residents please note: Maryland sales tax is required and will be added to the $80 price.  If you would like to make payment arrangements other than PayPal or do not reside in the USA please email us here to make other arrangements – THANK YOU!

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7 Responses to

  1. Ed says:

    Looks like a well designed, and high quality product. Looking forward to more awesome tools in the future

  2. David Dougherty says:

    I just received my Saddle-Tail today and went right out into my shop to give it a whirl. It is nothing short of awesome and you should order one immediately, before the world catches on and Chris runs out of inventory! :) Please help the burgeoning toolmaker grow his business (I gave a few hints in a separate email; nudge/wink). I can’t wait to see what comes next.


    David from Oregon

  3. Bryan Robinson says:

    I saw Chris today at a Lie Nielsen hand tool event and it was awesome! If anyone had told me I would spend $50 for a dovetail gauge, I would have told them they were full of baloney. But after using it I bought it on the spot. It is a wonderful product and at least a dozen other people today thought so as well.

  4. Scott Kay says:

    I just received my 1:4 Saddle Tail and it is everything I was hoping it would be – a real piece of quality craftsmanship. It completely lives up to my expectations for buying it:

    1.The incredibly superior quality and weight of materials (I wanted a lifetime tool and one I could hand down to my son someday).

    2. The set of design features that are built in to it:
    – the saddle square that will allow me to mark both the face and end of the board simultaneously,
    – the relief cuts at the inside corners,
    – and the groove for your fingers – a very thoughtful and useful design feature! This took just LOOKS like it will feel good in your hand! And having held mine, my hands totally agree!

    I must tell you that I am a beginner woodworker and I bought this tool in order to start practicing marking and sawing dovetails. I hate wasting good money on junky tools, so I buy tools that not only will last forever, but are so well-designed and well-made they cry out to be used! That’s what this Saddle Tail is – a tool that makes you happy whenever you pick it up and make something!

    Thanks Chris for such a superb little tool!

  5. Mike Nicley says:


    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve received my saddletail and I love it. I’ve yet to cut a dovetail with it, but I’ve used the saddle side a few times. The tool, as has been said by so many others, just feels right; it’s a true pleasure to use.

    I’m glad to support a small business that committed to manufacturing their product to the highest possible quality and doing it here in the USA. (And it’s nice to know I’m getting the best tool on the market.)

    Keep up the great work.

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