I need to cut holes and shapes into delicate wood. Right now I am using a coping saw and a steak knife (yep, a steak knife I found), and it obviously isn't working. The coping saw is almost great...I drill a hole in the wood, run the blade through the hole, then use the coping saw until I run out of room and the saw throat doesn't fit anymore. Then I finish with the steak knife, but it rips, shreds, and chips the wood and ruins it, of course.
So, I need a type of saw that isn't closed off on both ends (like the coping saw), yet can cut as neatly and as finely as the coping saw. I looked up woodworking saws, and I can't find anything at all. There has to be something, otherwise how do people cut things into the center of a large but very thin piece of wood?????
Also, the wood is the top panel of a wooden craft box that doesn't open all the way, so I can't open it and run it through a band saw or anything, and I want to avoid power tools for this project anyway.