A coping saw is a bow saw commonly used to cut intricate shapes. They are frequently used to scribe skirting boards to create seamless corners. A coping saw usually has a thin blade and a large u shaped frame. They are useful for making curved cuts as the blade can be moved and manipulated as you cut.
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The Bacho 301 coping saw has a large wooden handle which feels great in hand. It also comes with easy to use screws for increasing and decreasing the tension on the blade.
Bahco is a Swedish brand within the hand tool industry known for its quality products. For those in the know, Bacho is a name which is synonymous with quality.
These blades from Bacho are purpose made to fit the 301 and I would highly recommend picking up a pack as spares when you buy a coping saw. Due to the nature of coping saws and the thin blade, they all have they can snap with strenuous use, so spare blades are always useful to have on hand. These blades have 14 teeth per inch and are made from hardened and tempered carbon steel, leading to accurate, clean cuts every time.
Why use a coping saw?
Coping saws are mainly used for creating great matched corners on architrave and patterned skirting board and often used in positions where the use of another style of saw would be pretty much impossible.
They are also frequently used for freehand cutting of shapes. With a coping saw, it is easy to follow a line if used correctly. This allows the user to draw out a shape on their chosen piece of wood and then follow it accurately with a coping saw.
Another common use for coping saws is hole cutting. You can drill a hole in the centre of your intended circle, detach one part of the coping saw blade, feed it through the drilled hole, reattach it. Then you have your saw blade inside the circle and are ready to start cutting. Voila, you can now cut any sized hole you want!
Cutting delicate wood is another everyday use for this flexible saw. Due to the intricate nature of a coping saw and the small thin blade, it can make a perfect partner for when you need to cut a particularly small or delicate piece of wood. You can make purposeful but soft strokes with a coping saw, ensuring you don’t break any fragile wood.
As we have shown above a coping saw is a very versatile tool; this is why you need one in your toolbag. When you find yourself stuck, this saw can often come to your rescue and save you the need for much more expensive tools.
Coping Saw Blades
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There are lots of different styles of blades available for coping saws. For most woodworking projects, I recommend a high carbon steel blade. However, there are many other options that make this tool even more useful. Did you know, for example, that you can find specialist tile cutting blades to use one your coping saw? Attach one of these puppies, and you will be cutting intricate tile shapes in no time at all.
Maintaining a coping saw.
There really isn’t much maintenance to do on a coping saw. Just replace the blades whenever they are getting worn. That’s all really, just look after it like you would any other tool. Remember the blades are thin so don’t go chucking it about and you will be fine!
As with all saws, always cut away from yourself if possible. Another great tip for coping saws is to use eye protection if you plan on getting your face near to the blade. Coping saw blades are thin and will snap, the last thing you want is metal snapping right next to your unprotected eye.