One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A saw with a very narrow blade stretched across a U-shaped frame, used for cutting curves in wood.
- ‘It was simple, one of the other dads explained on the night: ‘All you need is a coping saw.’’
- ‘And, a jig saw or coping saw is just about the only tool you'll need, so don't fret if you are not particularly handy with a hammer and saw.’
- ‘Remove the boards and using a coping saw, cut along the pencil line.’
- ‘A coping saw has a c-shaped frame and a handle, which is turned to tighten a thin flexible blade.’
- ‘With my coping saw I cut two semi-circular pieces of wood, one to go in the top to give it some rigidity (and help with the light-tight seal), and the other to go on the bottom so I could attach a tripod mount.’
- ‘A coping saw is needed to follow an irregular, delicate, or intricate cut in wood.’
- ‘With coping saws, the heavier blade usually has a pin in each end of the blade which slips into a slot of a rotatable round bar.’
- ‘Use a single-edge razor blade, matte knife, or coping saw with a very fine blade for detail cutting.’
- ‘These cuts can be easily made with a miter saw, and excess wood can be cut away with a coping saw.’
- ‘Generally, use a handsaw or a circular saw to cut straight lines, a coping saw or a portable jigsaw to cut irregular lines.’
1920s: coping from cope, used to describe likeness to a vault, arch, canopy, etc..
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