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Danette Smith

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11-21-2008 07:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: box wood

Hi Everyone!

I’m starting to make music boxes. I’m a novice at this so I’m just trying to do the best I can.

I’m having problems with the top and bottom pieces on the edges. There are always two edges that are rough and show saw blade marks. I’m cutting on a 45 degree angle using a table saw. I don’t have a band saw but I do also have a table jig saw.

What can I do to prevent these marks on the wood? I’ll post a pic of it in my projects. Thank you! Danette

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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#1 posted 11-21-2008 10:06 PM

Are the angles small enough to use a chamfer bit on a router? Then sand to a min. of 180 grit. This is my prefered method.

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#2 posted 11-23-2008 05:31 AM

Wow! Thanks everyone for all your comments, and help. I’ll be experimenting with your suggestions. This sure is a helpful group! thanks again…hugs…Danette

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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#3 posted 11-23-2008 05:41 AM

my suggestion is 1. have blade sharpened or get a new blade (also maybe a higher tooth count blade), 2. increase feed rate enough to not cause burning but not create chiping or kickback, 3. clamp wood to your jig or sled, as it might be moving towards the blade during cut, or you may be putting extra pressure towards to blade while just attempting to hold it still.

I make my students clamp the boards in place when we use the crosscut sled on the table saw. This increases accuracy and makes it safer at the same time since they don’t need to have a hand on the sled base to hold material.

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