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What is this tool called?

I am working on a project and saw this tool used in the instructable. It was used to cut wood (I'm using acrylic) but the author did not say what this hand tool is. I want to find one either in-store or online but I don't know what it would be called. It looks like some kind of coping saw but the blade looks different. 

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I would call this a coping saw. I've used them while cutting out patterns in jewelery. You can get quite fine blades so you should be able to cut out whatever you want. You can even get a spiral cut blades ( for example, as shown here and what your picture looks like http://durafix.com/blades/copingsaw/) which will cut in all directions.

Arya42 (author)  cerberustugowar5 months ago

Thank you for your help. My coping saw is 6.5 inches and I can't find any spiral cutting blades for that length. I did find something called a jeweler's saw which is adjustable. At my local hardware store they have spiral 5 inch blades which could be used with the adjustable one.

Kiteman5 months ago

If you are cutting acrylic on a powered scroll saw, leave the protective film on both sides as you cut.

If that still doesn't work, or the film is missing, add masking tape.

mpilchfamily5 months ago

Yes it's a copping saw. It's an older one with a very low profile blade. You ca get them that have a diamond impregnated wire allowing your to cut on all sides of the 'blade'.

Arya42 (author)  mpilchfamily5 months ago
Will a coping saw with a wire blade cut 3mm acrylic/plexiglass reasonably well? I am trying to cut out small parts that I drew on a large piece. I tried using a scroll saw and that did not work. The acrylic kept melting back together and the blade got stuck.
rickharris Arya425 months ago

Yes. If you stick masking tape (painters tape ) over the cut and draw your pattern on that the acrylic won't stick to itself again. Wax the blade to give you less friction or flood the plastic with water to keep cool.

rickharris Arya425 months ago

Yes. If you stick masking tape (painters tape ) over the cut and draw your pattern on that the acrylic won't stick to itself again. Wax the blade to give you less friction or flood the plastic with water to keep cool.

rickharris5 months ago

Coping saw - Sometimes a piercing saw but technically (in the UK at least) what you have is a coping saw.

The blade looks like a spiral blade, it is twisted so that you can cut in any direction.