Recommended Coping Recs Saw for beginner? vs Jeweler's Saw? - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 Old 05-19-2015, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 158
View TimeTurnsElastic's Photo Album My Photos
Recommended Coping Recs Saw for beginner? vs Jeweler's Saw?

Hey Friends:

Disclaimer: I am completely lost when it comes to hand tools but would like to get started on a couple very basic projects entirely by hand.

I searched to forum and couldn't find much info relevant to my questions. I wish to cut some clean, simple curves in primarily 1x1 and 1x2 softwoods, and perhaps the occasional dovetail. Can anyone recommend a good "starter" coping saw? In an ideal world I'd go out and get me a Knew Concepts. But money is tight right now and I'm trying to find a serviceable frame/blade set up for about $20 max. On TFWW and I saw this Olson 360-degree coping saw that fits the bill at $ 11.95 (attached pic below). Am I headed in the right direction? Or would I be better advised to buy an even cheaper Stanley Max or Irwin ProTouch, and upgrade my blades (any blade advice appreciated!) FTR, I don't mind cheap plastic handles. Paul Sellers speaks highly of the Zona blades. Will these fit most modern new coping saws?

There are so many options out there and as n00b to hand tools, it can be a little overwhelming: what kind of TPI should I seek out? Standard coping saw, or will a finer fret/jeweler's saw better serve my purposes? Has anyone had any experience good or bad with the Japanese PICUS TopMan Saw (pic attached), which includes 360-degree spiral and diamond cut blades? It's a little beyond my price range but I'm somewhat intrigued because they're supposed to be pretty good little saws, only I haven't been able to find a legit review.
Attached Images
TimeTurnsElastic is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 05-19-2015, 07:59 PM
Senior Member
BZawat's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Posts: 1,455
View BZawat's Photo Album My Photos
I have the Olson and it's easily the best coping saw I've ever used. And for under 20 bucks it's a no-brainer.
BZawat is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 05-19-2015, 10:10 PM
Ole Woodworker
BigJim's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Posts: 4,535
View BigJim's Photo Album My Photos
I don't know if the coping saws have changed a lot in the last few years but I always stretched my saw when I first got it. I would take the blade out and bend the saw to be just a little bigger than original. The blade was just not tight enough for me, I hate a saw where the blade flexes.

Another thing I did was put the blade in the saw backwards so it would cut on the push instead of pull, that way the face was never splintered.
The Other

If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.
BigJim is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
recommended power tools for beginner Chatico Power Tools & Machinery 1 11-22-2013 08:39 PM
Stickys and Tool Recs joesbucketorust Site Help and Suggestions 1 03-16-2012 02:12 PM
Why is Glazecoat not recommended for outside use? huntniki Wood Finishing 2 06-30-2010 07:28 PM
Recommended Saw Blades aclose General Woodworking Discussion 16 07-08-2008 06:04 PM
recommended saw or cutter jerome8283 Hand Tools 7 09-30-2007 10:58 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome