What is a coping saw? And why you need it in your DIY toolkit

Hand using a coping saw to cut dark wood flooring plank
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If you’re asking yourself what is a coping saw? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here we not only answer what is a coping saw, we tell you why it's called a coping saw, what materials it can cut, how to use a coping saw and reveal the different types of blades you’ll need.

A coping saw is one of many different types of saw a DIYer could/should have in their tool collection. It is a specialist saw for specific tasks, so it might not be an everyday saw, but they are inexpensive and definitely an essential addition for intricate cuts. 

What is a coping saw? A quick definition

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.