How to Use a Coping Saw: Not Only for Crown Molding

Do you have any idea how to use a coping saw? Have you ever gone through using one?

Well, while molding installation process, the most complicated job is the joints coping. And that’s the time when you’re going to need a coping saw. A coping saw will assist you to get the most intricate design or curve for your fittings.

The best coping saw isn’t too hard to use. But for the beginners, it might take a few practices to get used to with a coping saw.

Today, we’re going to share with you the basics about using a coping saw as a beginner. Start your journey with a coping saw and increase your skill with us.

What Is a Coping Saw?

A coping saw is a set of a thin blade, a C-shaped metal frame, a rotating spigot, and a plastic or hardwood handle. The blade is 150 mm long, which has tremendously sharp and tiny little teeth.

The most available blades have 12 to 15 teeth per inch. The rotating spigot holds both ends of the blade. This spigot comes with the frame.

How to Safely Use a Coping Saw?

If you want to be a pro user of coping saw, you should understand how to use one. For that, you have to start from the very beginning. Let’s get going to know how you can get started with a coping saw. Give it a read thoroughly.

Choosing Blade

The most important part of a coping saw is its blade. For the best performance, you have to choose the right blade for the right job.

There are options for choosing blades from different varieties starting from high-carbon blades, wire blades, coarse blades, and helical blades as well. For cutting tile, you can go with the wire blades. A rough blade is excellent for wood projects.

Smithline SL-400 Professional Grade Coping Saw

On the other hand, if you're going to cut plastic materials, choosing helical blades would be right. And of course, for cutting metal, a high-carbon blade is the right choice.

Blade Installation

Next, come to the blade installation process. For installing the blade of the coping saw, you need to set the front edge of the frame on a durable surface. Make sure you’re holding its handle in such a way so that it can point up.

Now, it's time to attach one end of the blade to spigot furthermost away from the handle. After that, compress the frame by pressing down on the handle.

 Thus the other end of the blade will get attached. Now, make your required adjustment by releasing tension.

Placing the Material

Now, let’s get started with the cutting procedure. In the beginning, make sure you're placing and holding the cutting material correctly and safely. You need to take care of the cutting material so that it won't slip.

It would be better if you hold it with clamps or in a vise. Curious about how to use clamps? It's effortless. Just open it, put the material into it, then tighten it up. And there you go.

Tracing and Cutting

If you’re new with a coping saw for cutting materials, it might happen that you’re not cutting straight or as you wanted to. That’s why for a perfect cut you can mark on the cutting piece.

Just trace the planned line onto the material as desired. Pay attention to saw's central teeth and its position. It should be on the cutting line at the starting point.

Smithline SL-400 Professional Grade Coping Saw

Don’t rush. Push your saw in such a way so that you can start cutting in a short stroke. Don’t let anything come on the blade’s direction. Keep following the drawn line and keep turning the frame and the handle as required.

Different Cuts with Coping Saw

For a tremendous flawless cut, go with your saw perpendicular to the cutting material. If you need a piece of a particular shape and you have to cut it from the middle of the cutting board, coping saw can do it for you.

All you have to do is to make a small hole by drilling into the required space of the cutting material. After making a hole with a kit, remove the blade from its frame.

 Then reattach it to the frame by placing it through that hole you’ve already made. Now, keep going with the saw for cutting your desired shape.

Which Way Should The Teeth Face On A Coping Saw?

It’ll be easier to cut with a coping saw by pulling it instead of pushing. For that, you need to set the blade in such a way that its teeth can point to the handle.

Using this method will make your coping saw more durable and well performed. Always use your saw carefully as its blade is usually fragile. Hence, it might be possible you break the blade unintentionally while cutting.

If somehow it breaks, don’t worry. Just replace it with a new one. Loosen the previous one, replace with a new one, and tighten it up.

Final Verdict

Before cutting the final material with a coping saw, try using it on a trial cutting material. It'll help you know your skill. If your blade or its teeth are broken, dull, or bent, just replace the blade. Otherwise, it can be seriously dangerous. Go slow and have a safe beginning.

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Austin R Dean

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As a carpenter, I have been working for a long day with a different type of saw. What experience I have gathered, I intend to share that expertness to all. I will try to offer several shorts of saw's reviews and important tricks. Thanks for coming here....

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