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Old 12-08-2009, 12:22 AM   #31
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The technique that Gary uses is to apply very little pressure when either pushing or pulling the jigsaw but to get most of the cutting action by rocking the blade back and forth against the moulding. In this way with an aggressive blade, more material is removed, but the blade can be held closer to the cut line with more control.

The other tip is to use the finger tips of your second hand to help steady and quide the saw. This technique may not be possible without a barrel grip Jigsaw.

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Old 12-08-2009, 01:17 AM   #32
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I don't doubt that you are right about having better control with a barrel grip jigsaw, but while I am keeping an eye out for a good deal on one, it isn't on the list of priorities for the time being. Speaking of tools, I rediscovered the second power tool I ever owned. My old circular saw. It makes mince meat out of plywood panels to large for my little 10" bench saw, which has no extension wings or overflow panels.

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I think I am starting to get this coping down pretty well, although it takes me a long time. The below was done with a cheap old jig saw, with the foot removed to allow me to try to guide it along the cope.

This is without sanding with the Dremel. I still don't quite understand how to handle the top and bottom. I think I can figure it out. My plan is to first cope one end of each piece and then make the but cut on the far end. Then, if I screw the pooch, I can recope it without wasting an entire board.
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