Many's the time it's been far quicker for me to take up this inexpensive tool and saw off a lump of waste wood, rather than laboriously carve the wood way with gouges. It's definitely worth having one hanging near the bench. You'll see be using the coping saw elsewhere in Woodcarving Workshops.
In this lesson I focus on how use it, how to change blades and that-very-important-thing-you-need-to-keep-an-eye-on ...
| 19 April 2013 18:23
Paul - Yes, some people do reverse the saw blade and cut on the pull stroke and there's a lot of sense in that - you can't buckle the blade for one thing. Myself, I've always been happy with the teeth cutting on the push stroke but there is no right or wrong. Why not try both ways and see what works best for you?
| 18 April 2013 16:43
Does it matter which way the teeth point? Were you cutting on the pull stroke?