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    fret saw or coping saw

    Why would you want one of these over the other?

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    Mark, a good fret saw can accommodate a wide variety of very fine blades, it works much better than a coping saw for removing the waste from dovetails. I use mine all the time for that purpose. A coping saw can get you through thicker wood and heavier duty jobs. They aren't for the same task. For doing trim carpentry, a coping saw is more suitable. For cleaning up dovetails, the fret saw is preferred. It isn't an either or, it's both, but then again, as you know, I am a tool pig.

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    Thanks! I'll budget a little extra for the next LV order then and get one of each and a variety of blades.

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    Mark, out in my shop I have the size fret saw blades recommended by Rob Cosman for cleaning out DTs, I can't remember what they are, but I can send you the info.

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    That will be great!

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    Doesn't a Fret Saw take your scroll saw blades?
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    Oddly enough, This is what came into my mind when you said fret saw.

    A saw that's used for sawing fret slots. I guess I don't really see much difference between a "Fret Saw" and "Coping Saw" as you guys are discussing?

    I've also got 'Jewelers' saw, for cutting mother of pearl inlays, which is also similar to a fret saw or coping saw, but is adjustable in blade length and uses some very fine blades..

    I've got this setup for sawing fret slots...



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    I use a coping saw that works great. It is the Olsen Deluxe Coping with a 18 TPI skip tooth from Tools for Working Wood. It easily fits into the cut left by my dovetail saw and can turn a tight radius. Check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    I use a coping saw that works great. It is the Olsen Deluxe Coping with a 18 TPI skip tooth from Tools for Working Wood. It easily fits into the cut left by my dovetail saw and can turn a tight radius. Check it out.
    I've got one of these, and I really like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    I've got one of these, and I really like it!
    Now that looks like a nice little jewelers saw!
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