How to change a coping saw blade

by Sam Wood | Last Updated: 30/10/2020

So you’ve bought a new coping saw, hopefully after reading our best coping saw guide, and got to using it. In fact, you’ve had such a good time with it, the blade is now dull. Well then its time to change that blade, but how? Worry not intrepid DIY’er, were here to show you how to change a coping saw blade.

How to change a coping saw blade

Step One, Twist the coping saw handle

Step One, Twist the coping saw handle

Twist the handle of the coping saw anti-clockwise, this will remove the tension on the blade.

Now there is no longer tension holding the blade in place

Now there is no longer tension holding the blade in place

Now that you have removed the tension on the blade it will be free to be removed. Blades on coping saws are held in place by the tension applied by tightening the handle.

Step two, slide the blade out from its holder

Step two, slide the blade out from its holder

When you have loosened the handle sufficiently the blade will simply slide out. Remove it from one side and then the other, do not try to remove it from both sides at the same time.

Step Three, slide the new blade into the holder

Step Three, slide the new blade into the holder

Now you can slide the new blade back in. Here you can see the small metal pin which holds the blade in place once tension is applied. This pin must be on the outside of the holder on each side of the saw.

Also note that the teeth are facing downwards towards the handle, meaning the saw will cut on the pull stroke and not on the push. This is the preferred way to use a coping saw.

Step four, twist the handle to add tension

Step four, twist the handle to add tension

No repeat the first step but in reverse. Twist the handle clockwise to add tension back into the blade. This will hold the blade securely in place. Make sure you get this tight as the tension helps when sawing.

Now you are done your ready to cut again, why not check out exactly what materials a coping saw can cut, or dive into the history of the coping saw.

 

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Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified, time-served, award-winning joiner with an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery as well as an HNC in Construction. Beyond my joinery qualifications, I have also earned a degree in building surveying. I believe these qualifications make me perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on many different areas of DIY as well as share all of the tips I have picked up in over a decade working on building sites!