I just about eat coping noticed blades for breakfast.
Nearly each piece of casework I do entails dovetails
(typically greater than 100 in a single piece akin to a instrument
chest), so a coping noticed is sort of at all times on the bench to take away
For years I’ve used the Olson coping noticed blades and been
fairly proud of them, particularly in comparison with the home-center
dreck. My solely criticism concerning the Olsons is they’re over-set.
And my makes an attempt to take away the set in a easy, simple and quick
method haven’t succeeded.
This week whereas in England, I obtained to make use of coping noticed blades from
Pegas, which has lengthy made high-quality scrollsaw blades and
fretsaw blades. Years in the past, Lee Marshall of Knew Ideas and
Thomas Lie-Nielsen each despatched me some samples of fretsaw blades
they had been inspecting.
On the time, none of us might get our palms on pin-ended coping
noticed blades from Pegas that had been 6-1/2” lengthy – the usual
However lo and behold,
Workshop Heaven within the U.Ok. carries 5 totally different pitches
of Pegas coping noticed blades within the 6-1/2” lengths. I used the
18-point skip-tooth blade (No. 90.550) and was amazed. I used to be so
amazed that I purchased 10 packages of the blades.
They don’t seem to be over-set. And the blade is skinny sufficient to drop
right into a kerf left by a thin-kerf dovetail noticed. The blade is .02”
thick, which inserts wonderful in a kerf reduce by a .015” noticed that has
any set to the enamel.
The enamel are sharp, finely floor and reduce remarkably easy.
Due to all these properties, I used to be capable of dovetail an
complete Dutch instrument chest with out bending or breaking a blade.
Then two extra college students used the identical blade to take away all of the
waste on their Dutch instrument chests and the blade was nonetheless in
glorious form. That’s spectacular.
I did a fast search and couldn’t discover this specific 18-point
skip-tooth blade – the 90.550 – on the market in the US.
But when somebody is aware of the place to get it, depart a be aware within the
— Christopher Schwarz