A Bow Coping Saw

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Project by RusticJohn posted 02-24-2012 10:22 PM 4901 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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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#1 posted 02-24-2012 11:59 PM

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

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 12:24 AM

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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#3 posted 02-25-2012 01:49 AM

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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#4 posted 02-25-2012 02:02 AM

Nice saw

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

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#5 posted 02-25-2012 12:18 PM

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 02-25-2012 10:57 PM

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

thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 02:23 PM

I like it!

-- Kevin, Indiana

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 02:35 PM

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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#9 posted 04-04-2012 12:37 AM

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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#10 posted 04-04-2012 12:55 AM

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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#11 posted 04-04-2012 01:40 AM

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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#12 posted 06-05-2012 11:04 AM

What a lovely saw.
Love those ‘eyes’.

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

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