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Australian Woodsmith 7th April 2021
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Coping Saw Vice

When using a coping saw, I sometimes find it easier to saw with the workpiece held vertically. The birdsmouth vice shown here positions the workpiece at a comfortable height for sawing.

The drawings above show how it goes together. The base is grooved to hold the vice face. I cut a large V-notch into the face of the vice to provide clearance for the saw blade as you cut. A pair of slots provides adjustment for the clamp. I fastened the clamp with pairs of coach bolts, knobs and washers.

To use the vice, simply secure it to your worksurface. Place the workpiece between the clamp and face then tighten the knobs.

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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