On April 6, 2013, in the JLC Tools & Equipment forum, a regular contributor asked if the Copemaster production coping machine was still available after he searched for it and drew a blank. The machine he’s referring to was introduced about 10 years ago by former Connecticut millwork manufacturer Bill Shaw, and it was an instant classic. It weighed 65 pounds (so you could carry it around a job site), could cope crown up to 7 5/8 inches wide at least twice as fast as coping by hand, and cost $2,295. I talked with a finish-carpentry contractor in 2007 who...

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