What materials can a coping saw cut?

by Sam Wood | Last Updated: 28/10/2020

A coping saw is a very versatile tool; it can cut a lot. But the simple answer to what materials can a coping saw cut is, it depends. I know, I know, what a crappy response. But there are many different factors which go into what your coping saw can cut. Some of them will be related to the blade you have fitted in your coping saw. At the same time, the size of the frame on your coping saw will also affect what you can cut. The frame size limits how deep you can cut and therefore, the thickness and size of what you can cut. Looking for a new coping saw? Check out our best coping saws article.

The Usual materials a coping saw cuts

  • Hardwood
  • Softwood
  • Plywood
  • MDF
  • OSB Board
  • Chipboard
  • Furniture Board
  • Hardboard
  • Acrylic
  • Plastic
  • PVC
  • Pipe
  • Metal
  • Aluminium
  • Copper
  • Tin
  • Thin sheet metals
  • Tile
  • Ceramics
  • Plaster – think architrave.
  • Polystyrene – Often used in coving.
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