- a saw consisting of a thin, light blade held, under tension, in a U-shaped frame that has a handle: used for cutting small curves in wood.
Origin of coping saw
First recorded in 1930–35
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This portion of the deck should be carefully cut out with a coping-saw.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
After the different shapes have been properly laid out on the wood, the next thing to do is to saw them out with a coping-saw.
The coping-saw is the principal tool needed for this work, and may be purchased with extra blades for about 25 cents.
- a handsaw with a U-shaped frame used for cutting curves in a material too thick for a fret saw
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