Coping saw

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 01-02-2021 08:47 PM 784 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a coping saw I built from citrus wood I got from AZWoody a couple years ago. It’s really a pretty striking yellow, and I think the contrast with the coffee used while kolrosing it makes for a good look.

Construction details are in the blog I wrote while working on it. Pins came from Gramercy Tools. The blade is a standard 6½” coping saw blade. Finish is a coat of tung oil to enhance the yellow of the citrus.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 01-02-2021 08:49 PM

Awesome! Viking-y!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#2 posted 01-02-2021 08:59 PM

I’ve been watching the blog build, and despite having 3 of the standard type ones now I want to build one, just because of how much more tension you can put on the blade. And, also, prettier. Nice!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 01-02-2021 09:38 PM

Oh bugga,! I didnt see this as a project so it will have to be an echo from me Dave sorry

Wow, great work Dave !

Our sadly now departed StefanG would be very impressed

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 01-02-2021 10:12 PM

Dave, you’re not just a clever craftsman but have shown off your skills as an artisan, very nicely done sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 01-02-2021 10:12 PM

wow thats a beautiful saw dave,love the detailing.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 01-02-2021 10:18 PM

Thanks, Chuck! I’m Swedish on my mom’s side of the family, plus whatever Swedes got mixed into the Polish side over the centuries. As I tell people, “I’m Polish with a little bit of everybody who ever invaded Poland mixed in.”

Dan, my main complaint with the standard ones is that they turn when I don’t want them to, and they don’t turn when I do want them to. This is much more controllable. I may make another with a deeper throat at some point, but for now, I’m damned happy with it, even though I’ll probably use the 12” long turning saws more often (I use my smaller turning saw for cutting out the waste in dovetails).

Thanks, Rob!

Thanks, Peter. I’m not super impressed with the decoration, as I was still experimenting a lot, but I feel like I’m getting a handle on it.

Thanks, Pottz! Two mornings doing the kolrosing, which I don’t think is too bad for my first time around.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 01-02-2021 10:25 PM

Cute little bugger!.....makes mine look like an old school frame saw….I’d be afraid to use yours…..looks too good.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#8 posted 01-02-2021 10:30 PM

Thanks, Bandit! Pretty good galoot index on this one, too.

I’ve got another chunk of citrus just like this one was made from, so there’s plenty of spare parts if needed. I think total material cost was 3”x12”x¾” so, what, a quarter board foot?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 01-02-2021 10:39 PM

Very nice details in the pieces. An artist you are along with a craftsman.

Thanks for sharing

-- Eric, building the dream

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#10 posted 01-02-2021 10:46 PM

It is nice to see that that new shop has some steady output. Looks like a fun project. Does your Lady ever see you anymore…...........

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#11 posted 01-02-2021 11:30 PM

Thanks, Eric.

Brian, she sees a lot more of me than before. I spend about five hours per day in the shop, as compared to nine-ten hours away at work. But yeah, she jokes about how much time I spend “playing with my wood.” :-0

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 01-02-2021 11:44 PM

NIce, Dave! The color of the wood reminds me of grapefruit wood I worked with years ago. The throat depth seems a bit limiting, but I presume the blade can be turned.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#13 posted 01-02-2021 11:52 PM

Thanks, Phil. I’m not sure exactly what kind of citrus it is, but AZWoody had a bunch of it.

Yeah, the blade can be turned. The pins are round, in fact. I think I’d prefer octagonal ones, but I’ve been happy enough with these on my two turning saws.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 01-03-2021 12:08 AM

I like it, kind of an Aztec look to it :)

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#15 posted 01-03-2021 12:24 AM

Dave looks great. BEtting it works even better.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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