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277064 gtgrouch@r... 2023‑03‑02 Re: making scrollwork... how to smooth?
In the past, I've wrapped abrasive paper around the blade of an
electric scroll saw. 

It's fast. Sometimes too fast, since it can cut thin material quickly.

*goes to clean the spittoon for mentioning electrical aids*

Gary Katsanis
Albion New York, USA
where a foot of snow is forecast for the weekend

	-----------------------------------------From: "Don Schwartz" 
To: "James DuPrie", "Tools Old"
Sent: Thursday March 2 2023 2:03:56PM
Subject: Re: [oldtools] making scrollwork... how to smooth?

 If memory serves, I've seen somewhere for sale narrow strips of
 papers with fixings to use them in coping or fretsaws. You may be
 to fashion something like that using bits of tape to attach the
 abrasives to the saw.


 On 2023-03-02 6:03 a.m., James DuPrie wrote:
 > I've been playing with making scrollwork - cutting patterns out
with a
 > coping saw. Like the cast iron 'scrollwork' found on victorian
stuff -
 > fines, flowing curves, etc.
 > I've figured out things like dealing with weak cross grain (design
 > it or build panes so there ISN'T cross grain) and such, but I
 > figured out how to smooth the cuts. filing and sanding work for
areas where
 > there is a lot of room, but in areas where there are acute angles
 > together, there simply isn;t room to get in and sand. Add int he
 > complication that the surfaces are all curves (so you an't use a
 > file), and I'm stuck.
 > Maybe its my coping saw techique, but the surfaces simply aren't
good -
 > rough, ridges, bumps, etc....
 > any ideas?
 > I'll post some pics on facebook....
 > thanks
 > -James


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