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I love Coping Saws and so made my own in Maple. Its much nicer to hold and use than the commercial metal ones. Takes a standard coping blade and is made from Maple.

The trick with bow saws is to not make the upright arms too thick or too thin. If they too think then the whole thing is chunky and heavy. If too thin the arms flex and take up the tension from the string instead of transferring it too the blade. Believe me, I have found out the hard way. As always a it of carving and shaping has been included to add elegance.

-- RusticJohn





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 918 days ago

at least your able to cope :)) very nice saw John.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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hhhopks

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#2 posted 918 days ago

Nice saw.
I want to make one.
Where did you get the hardware or did you make that as well?

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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RusticJohn

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#3 posted 918 days ago

I made all the hardware for the saw. Just cut a steel rod down through the end with a hack saw an put a pin through.

-- RusticJohn

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woodymays

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#4 posted 918 days ago

Nice saw

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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balidoug

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#5 posted 917 days ago

Great saw. Where’d you get the blade and blade hardware.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#6 posted 917 days ago

looking good from here
there is nearly nothing that can compeat with homemade tools

thanks for sharing
Dennis

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smithy

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#7 posted 914 days ago

I like it!

-- Kevin, Indiana

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dbray45

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#8 posted 914 days ago

You did a really nice job. What is really nice is that this will be your first choice when you need it.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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nomercadies

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#9 posted 879 days ago

I am so envious. I try not to envy others, but you make it very difficult. Thanks for sharing. I love it. I must try to make one some day. I wourk with students with disabilities and wonder if I couldn’t teach a couple of the more talented young men and ladies to do such a thing. I better try one myslelf first. Thanks so much for the project.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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RusticJohn

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#10 posted 879 days ago

Thank you for the kind comments. I think you could readily teach people with disabilities to make a coping saw. The only tricky part is making the fitting in the handles to hold the blade. They can have just straight lengths of wood for the arms to simplify the project a bit. Planes are also dead easy to make.

-- RusticJohn

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nomercadies

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#11 posted 879 days ago

I must consider that for one of the upcoming directions we take. “Dead easy” eh? We’ll see, we’ll see.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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mafe

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#12 posted 816 days ago

What a lovely saw.
Love those ‘eyes’.
Smiles.
Mads

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

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