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Framesaws are characterised by having thin metal blades held in tension inside a frame. Examples include: Fretsaw, Piercing Saw, Hacksaw, Coping Saw and Bowsaw - although large and sometimes powered version of Framesaws (and named as such) can be used to convert timber.

Features and Applications

Fretsaws and Piercing Saws tend to be used by pulling down vertically against a V Board and so their blades face towards the handle. Coping Saws and Bowsaws by contrast are more commonly used with work held in a vice in which case their blades face forwards. In each case this avoids the problem of waste from the cut obscuring the line to be followed.

Note: The work of Coping Saws and Fretsaws is now frequently done by a Scroll Saw and Bowsaws have largely been replaced by Bandsaw and Jigsaw.


DT Online Buyers' Guide
Draper 18052 Coping Saw Frame With 5 Blades Eclipse 70-CP1R Coping Saw [Energy Class A] Eclipse Fret Saw 70-FS1R Draper 18153 295mm Throat Fret Saw with Blade Eclipse Professional Hacksaw 70-20TR Draper Redline 68411 300 mm Hacksaw Stanley Mini Hacksaw 0 20 807 Stanley Junior Hacksaw 0 15 218 MKCLOCKS Jewellers German adjustable 4 Linic Combination Mini Mitre Box & Mini Hack Saw. Modelling, hobbies. (W7100) Free UK Postage Stanley 1-15-368 610mm Bow Saw