Precision Wood Cutting
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[Courtesy of Ron Fikes smfikes "at" ed.co.sanmateo.ca.us, March 1999]

I shared this tip with a fellow flyer yesterday, I have been doing it for years, he tried it and was thrilled. Maybe it will help others.

Need to cut out balsa or plywood parts?

Want smooth cuts?

  • Go to a jewelry supplies shop - buy a 4" deep throat 'jewelers' saw. Then get a package of blades - about 40 teeth/inch.
  • Cut out a piece of plywood (1/4") 4" x 8", cut a shallow V cut into the ply (about 1/2" wide and 2" deep).
  • Clamp this piece of ply to your bench edge (horizontally), place the wood to be cut on it, over the V cut.
  • Hold the saw vertically, sawing up and down, following the marked lines - it is just like a coping saw!
  • Turn the piece being cut, as you progress - and as if by magic, SMOOTH cuts.

You can cut almost any thickness, just hold the saw blade vertically. If you need an inside cut, first drill a hole - insert the saw blade through the holes and re-attach the blade to the saw frame, and cut.

This tip is for those without a scroll saw...

Ron Fikes


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