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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.

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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!
 

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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
 

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

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wow thats a beautiful saw dave,love the detailing.
 

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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.
 

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

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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?
 

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

Thanks for sharing
 

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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…...........
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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Dave looks great. BEtting it works even better.

CtL
 

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Dave, excellent toolmaking. The small turning saws are worth their weight in some sort of precious metal!
 

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Thanks, Mike. I wasn't thinking Aztec, but I can live with that.

Chris, it works pretty well. Less flexing than the hardware store coping saw I was using before.

Kevin, agreed whole-heartedly. I use the heck out of my 12" turning saws, but I didn't have a six-inch one for normal coping saw work. Now I do, and it handles a ton better than the metal one.

Thanks, Butcher!
 

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This looks like a fun project to make, plenty of various skills required. Nice work, think you inspired me to give this a try.
 

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Yeah, it's a fun one, Tom. Less than $20 for the pins, and whatever lumber you have around. My first two, I shaped the handles with a spokeshave. This time I turned the handles because I had a lathe handy. And if you make it too chunky to start with, it's easy to come back and lighten it up later, too. Or replace a part if you break one because it was too skinny.
 
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