Finally the time has come around to plane down the dovetails and see how they turned out. All in all, not too bad. The hole in the tail is from cutting the dado that holds the back panel in place. It will be plugged with a piece of end grain scrap. I really like the dark colored end grain in contrast to the lighter colored long grain.
Today I received a package in the mail from Tools For Working Wood - always a good thing! Inside was a new Olsen coping saw and two different sets of skip-toothed blades - one set was the 16-tpi offering from TFWW and the other was the Pegasus brand 18-tpi blades. If looks were the deciding factor the Pegasus brand blades looked nicer with their case coloring and shinny teeth. However, looks mean little...
I decided to test the saw and the two different blades on a scrap piece of 3/4" cherry since that is what gave me such problems with my last coping saw (junk...). What I immediately noticed was that the blade was held in much stronger tension than my last saw could ever muster. That alone likely accounted for a lot of the problem I was having with my last saw. As stated above, looks mean little, but the Olsen saw was shinny and had a larger, more refined handle.