I switched from a coping saw to a jewelers saw - much finer blade/teeth,
and that helped a lot.
Still working on getting the tight areas clean, and long smooth curves
things I've figured out:
- 3/8" is too thick. dropping to 1/4 made a HUGE difference.
- rolled up sandpaper, Popsicle sticks, nail files, etc all work, but
there are places they just can;t reach...
- Same goes for needle files and rifflers....
- go slow. painfully slow. cutting fast is satisfying, but gives poor
results (practice probably allows for more speed)
- PRACTICE. probably the biggest one. The improvements I've seen in just
a few days are significant. Of course, being a perfectionist, I'll probably
never truly get to the "this is good" phase...
- it might be time to think about a treadle powered scroll saw....