Tool Test: Coping Saws
Cut curves and speed up your dovetails with this simple saw
Synopsis: Coping saws are great for quickly getting rid of the waste between dovetails, sawing curves on any project, or coping moldings. In this tool test, Chris Gochnour looked at 13 coping saws for the features woodworkers value most: easy blade installation, fast, precise blade rotation, how easy it is to tension the blade, the saw’s weight and ergonomics. After using the saws to do a number of traditional woodworking jobs, he found a few that stood out from the rest of the pack.
Models tested include: Bahco 301; Century Drill and Tool 4940; Eclipse 70-CP1R; Garrett Wade multi-function coping saw; Gramercy Tools 12-in bowsaw; Irwin 2014400; Knew Concepts coping saw, Lee Valley coping saw; Olson coping saw; Robert Larson 540-2000; Stanley Fat Max 15-104; Stanley Fat Max 15-106; Tekton 6865.
Coping saws can be used to remove waste in joinery, make cope cuts on molding, and saw tight curves of all kinds.…