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Project by Tony1212 posted 04-22-2021 11:45 AM 542 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a couple of cheap coping saws where the frame didn’t stay where I wanted it to while I was cutting. So I decided to try making my own.

I used some hickory for the frame and walnut for the twisty thing with a BLO and was finish. The string is about 11ft of poly Masons String.

The blade came from Tools For Working Wood. And I made the blade holders from some 1/4” threaded rod, a washer and two nuts. I just followed what Rex Krueger did on his channel.

I love it. It cuts tight, clean radiuses and feels good to use.

I got a new Rigid spindle sander with a portion of my stimulus check and that worked wonderfully to get all of the nice curves and the indent in the walnut for the string.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#1 posted 04-22-2021 12:22 PM

Looks like that’ll do the trick, and now you’ve got a shop-made tool instead of one from a factory. Nicely done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 04-22-2021 01:05 PM

nice work. Fun to build your own tools. :)

-- Tom

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#3 posted 04-22-2021 02:00 PM

Nicely done Tony.

Welcome to the Make your own coping saw club :)

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#4 posted 04-22-2021 02:53 PM

Sweet!, beautiful and functional, with bragging rights…Well done…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 04-22-2021 05:11 PM

Very nice, may have to make one with a 6” blade?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 04-22-2021 07:06 PM

Those are nice kits. Joel sells good stuff.

Parts and pieces for above design at link below.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 04-23-2021 02:11 AM

Nice job, that must be a great feeling to make your own tool, and functional.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 04-23-2021 03:31 AM

Nice looking saw.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 04-25-2021 02:58 AM

“walnut for the twisty thing”

Thank you, I always wondered what that is called :)

-- "wood" and "good" rhyme, but not "food"

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