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Forum topic by Betsy posted 04-15-2008 04:59 AM 970 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Betsy

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04-15-2008 04:59 AM

how many of you knew that a coping saw is different from a fret saw. I, for one, did not. A fret saw is designed to do much more precise cuts and, if I’m not mistaken can use standard scroll saw blades. I’ll be pickng one up for doing dovetails.

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blackdogwoodshop

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 05:27 AM

I believe that a fretsaw is typically has a deeper frame than a coping saw and, as you suggest, is the hand-saw equivalent to a scroll saw. For dovetails in thin material, a fretsaw is probably a good choice. For thicker stock, I believe a fresaw might prove too tedious for me.

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#2 posted 04-15-2008 05:28 AM

Hmm, I did know about the difference between the two but did not know that you could use a scroll saw blade in a fret saw. Look forward to checking out your work!

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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#3 posted 04-15-2008 02:35 PM

Fret saws are a little easier to control – but then there are jeweler’s saws, which are usually more adjustable. Scroll saw blades can be a little hard to keep rigid, just so you know – I am still looking for the perfect combo to saw out dovetail waste. Good luck.

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Betsy

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#4 posted 04-15-2008 02:36 PM

Thanks guys. I’m going to check out the fret saw and scroll saw blade combo and see how it works for me.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#5 posted 04-16-2008 04:16 AM

I’ve got a couple of fret saws – one with a deep frame and one standard sized. I was under the impression that the difference was just the fact that the fret saws had the adjustable frames that let you use pretty much any blade that can be held in the top/bottom clamps (even short pieces of broken blades). And the coping saws needed the fixed sized pin end blades??

-- Use the fence Luke

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Betsy

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#6 posted 04-16-2008 03:05 PM

Doug – I’m getting the same general impression. However, the fret saw is apparently much easier to use simply because you can use any blade appropriate for the job.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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brunob

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#7 posted 04-16-2008 03:32 PM

I have one of each but don’t know which is which.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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motthunter

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#8 posted 04-16-2008 03:54 PM

fret saws have a deeper loop.. at least that is what I understand

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#9 posted 04-16-2008 05:22 PM

I saw the difference, but I didn’t fret about it. Now I’m coping with the consequences of my ignorance. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mot

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#10 posted 04-16-2008 05:34 PM

Yes, I also fretted about the availability of the two saws. Being unable to cope with the lack of availability of the fret, I fretted with an inappropriate use of the cope. After quitting fretting and giving up coping with my cope, I got a fret and fret no more. They are different. Just FYI, it’s actually easier to cope with a fret than to fret with a cope.

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 04-16-2008 05:37 PM

Sounds like a cop-e out to me, Tom.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 04-16-2008 05:56 PM

Either one seems to be able to generate any number of puns…

I’m not sure, but I believe the fret saw originated to deal with the fancy fretwork one might find in, say, a Black Forest Cuckoo clock, whereas the coping saw is built a bit more rugged to handle coping trim work. Lately another form of fret saw has surfaced, used to cleanly cut fret slots in guitar fingerboards. I guess the difinition lies in the usage.

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Betsy

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#13 posted 04-16-2008 07:06 PM

You guys are a hoot!

Bruce and Moth——you can get fret saws in a three inch or 11 inch frame. And Texasgaloot is right. I’ve been looking a bit about these saws and they were designed for the finer scroll type work. Coping saws are more rugged, and I might add, for this gal hard to use.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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