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MrsN
Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2015 9:40:59 AM
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My classes got doubled in size this year, so I have been using many of the hand tools that sometimes gathered dust in favor of powered tools.
My problem is that I keep striping the screw on my coping saws. Am I doing something wrong or do I just have cheap saws?
tbockman
Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2015 11:47:07 AM
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I haven't used a coping saw in a long time, but I also have never had one strip out before.

How long have you had these coping saws?
Where were they purchased from?
Do you know if they are American made?

Can you send me a close up photo of one of these?.... with the saw apart too? or maybe direct me to a website that sells them?

Depending on how they are put together, there might be a way to repair them using a hanger bolt or threaded stud. If you aren't sure of what the difference between those are, Google them and switch to images view. I'm betting it wouldn't be a difficult fix and they would probably last forever.

Remove the red.

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woodshopcowboy
Posted: Thursday, October 08, 2015 12:08:16 PM
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Usually, the nut that's embedded into the handle strips out of the handle itself. I usually can get a tad more life out of them if I epoxy them back in.

If it's the bolt, I might use a dremel and modify carriage bolt to fit.

Also, if your kids are like mine, this happens because the kids cross-thread the bolt. I would raise the issue when you run over what the tool does and show them how to thread a bolt. My middle-schoolers are notorious for crimping down and stripping out bolts on everything.

Patrick
WoodTeacher
Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2015 12:47:58 AM
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I have coping saws that are 26 years old and are in fine shape. With no problems ypu have.
ChristopherDahle
Posted: Thursday, November 05, 2015 10:03:09 PM
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Late reply I know, but I was lamenting the state of the coping saws and hack saws in my shop just the other night.

I never was very happy with any of the coping saws I had when I was running trim for a living and while the fret saws and coping saws from Knew Concepts look promising, they sure are out of the price range of most school shop budgets.

Meanwhile, I ran across one of Paul Sellers videos where he talks about frame saws and shows how to make them https://paulsellers.com/videos/

I think maybe it would be worth the effort to knock out a couple of these in hack saw size and also that small frame saws could be fashioned to be more kid friendly than the typical, crummy coping saw if I used lengths of 1/8" band saw blades that were maybe 50% longer than coping saw blades. Might prototype one over the Christmas Break, but not now!

I'm also scrounging up old sabre saws from the thrift stores to make plywood box knock-offs of the Rockwell "blade runner" tools, in lieu of continuing to try to resuscitate the dying collection of Harbor Freight scroll saws.

Anyway, I only have two functional coping saws in my school shop and both of them have blade retainers I have fashioned with the dremel tool from carriage bolts. I cut a slot in the head with a carbide cut off wheel, grind an under cut to retain the pin, and grind away most of the rest of the head for neatness. Quench often!
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