Coping bowsaw

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Project by lukeallister posted 07-31-2017 05:54 PM 1143 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This weekend I took a poor quality coping saw and turned it into a bowsaw. The original wouldn’t keep the blade tight when cutting, so the bowsaw mechanism really helped.

The crosspiece is maple from a piece of firewood from my father. The spinner is red oak and the handle is unknown (sycamore perhaps?), both recovered from a hardwood pallet. I want to make a full-size bowsaw in the future, so this was a fun practice piece.

I will be using this new saw to help clear the waste when cutting dovetails.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 07-31-2017 09:51 PM


-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#2 posted 07-31-2017 11:24 PM

I like the looks of it.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 08-01-2017 01:07 PM

You solved the problem of ever coping saw I have ever used. not enough tension when you went to cut, saw blade bows.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 08-01-2017 03:50 PM

This is a very creative dedsign and a great shop made tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-01-2017 06:09 PM

Nice saw.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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