Coping with the holidays

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Project by jjw5858 posted 12-08-2011 02:59 AM 2444 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey gang, hope all is well out there in LJ’s land. I am still in the toy shop working on the turned tree ornaments for those who might wonder if they are painted….lol….they should be up in the next week or so.

Here is an old school jig for those who enjoy cope sawing and would like try a handtool alternative to a electric or even foot pedaled jig saw. I saw this in use on The Woodright Shop with Roy Underhill and just though it was so neat and being a kid at heart I wanted one too….lol.

Being that I only use handtools….and use the coping saw a great deal, I found this very useful for making some easy hoilday ornaments.

I made mine from scrap pine that was sitting around and thought I might share this with anyone that finds this stuff of interest. I styled mine a little bit….why not…I like people to come in the shop and go….whats that?

I figure a little style might even make it work Although it works really nice for lightweight cope saw projects…..makes cutting more square and accurate.

You just lock it in your wood vice, grab a seat and have a go!!

So If your looking for the enjoyment of going as old school as you can in the shop…take a look at this jig and have some fun with an alternative way of making some cut outs for your next project….or making some holiday ornaments!

Be well gang and best wishes


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 12-08-2011 03:12 AM

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 12-08-2011 03:26 AM

ya mine does not look like this, mine is just a piece of plywood clamped to the bench with a birds mouth.
yours blows mine away

-- Ben L

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#3 posted 12-08-2011 05:17 AM

Well done! I like your style as they say. I shall have to make one of these for me and my grandchildren, as the coping saw is their favorite tool at this stage. I can see this aid making them – and maybe even me – more creative. Thanks for the inspiration – that’s why I come to LJs almost every time I sit down at the computer.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#4 posted 12-08-2011 03:03 PM

Cool, I haven’t done any coping since grade school maybe now I will. Thanks.

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#5 posted 12-08-2011 03:13 PM

Nice. The carvings on the sides are a great touch. It’s always the simplicity and the utility of jigs like yours that catch my eye. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#6 posted 12-08-2011 05:29 PM

Cool jig, never seen one like this, might make one for my festool table it will be fast to clamp to the side.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 09:01 PM

great birdsmouth :-)
I think I will copy this one to use with my fretsaw

thank´s for sharing


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