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Oct 29, 2001, 12:49 PM
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To opualuan re: saw...

These small circular saws are hard to find and aren't cheap when you do come across them. The only place I know that carries them is

I have two saw setups. The best one is the saw arrangement on my Unimat lathe. I use a fine-tooth milling machine slitting saw and can slice up 1/16" sq. balsa strips that are smooth and square. The advantage of this system is the saw table rests on the lathe carrage so I can use the lead screw to make micrometer-like adjustments to the cut.

I also have a micro-type saw purchased from Micromart a while back. If set up with the proper blade (slitting saw or similar) that has no set to the teeth and is polished, it does a good job. The only drawback is it takes a good bit of fiddling to get the fence set correctly to cut small strips. Keep in mind if you use a slitting saw you will probably have to have a special washer or mandrel machined as these saws have a pretty large hole in the center. To purchase these saws go to

As I have mentioned once before on this BBS, the best thing about cutting your own strips is the ability to use the best wood for the job and to be able to select strips that were sawn adjacent to each other. This will give you fuselage longerons that are equal in stiffness and helps to avoid out-of-alignment fuselages.

Good luck!
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Oct 29, 2001, 12:59 PM
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Re: "Tolerant Wife/Girlfriend - They make great human clamps and work wonderfully when assembling/applying glue to multiple complex shapes.

WARNING: Wife/Girlfriend are a high maintenance item. But the fringe benefits can be wonderful!"

Yes, but can you put them in a drawer and not have to bother with them until they are needed the next time?
Oct 29, 2001, 02:21 PM
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A hard Arkansas whetstone. Great for extending the life of hobby knife blades. Just a couple of swipes every once in a while.

I bought a ZONA mini block plane a while back. A piece of junk. Hope their saws are better.
Oct 29, 2001, 06:46 PM
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Bamboo skewers - these things are great for applying Epoxy glue into tight spots. Kinda like bigger longer toothpicks. They can also be used when you need a small dowell. Not "a gotta have" - just a nice cheap addition to the workbench.
Regards, Jay
Oct 29, 2001, 10:08 PM
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Better than bamboo skewers for spreading epoxy:

Starbucks coffee stirs. Price is right too. Buy a cup of coffee and stock up on mixing sticks.

Oct 30, 2001, 12:57 PM
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Originally posted by planeman
To BEC...

My old Sears jigsaw is one that sits on a table rather than the hand-held one I believe you are referring to (sounds like we must be a couple of old farts to have this stuff). It uses 6" pin-type blades that I can find at any hardware store.

HOWEVER...I have converted non-pin type jeweler's saw blades to pin-type by cutting the pin ends off of a pin-type blade and soldering them onto a non-pin blade by overlapping the joint about 1/4" and binding it with fine brass wire before soldering. I suggest you buy a 6" pin-type blade and cut one end off of it, shorten the blade, then bind and solder the pin end back on.
Nope, mine's a tabletop unit, too. If I were at home now I'd take a quick picture and attach it.

It never occurred to me to modify blades to make some to fit - but it just may come to that! The 3 inch blades the Dremel saw uses and the 5 inch (I think, rather than 6) that just about all the currently available saws use just won't work.
Oct 30, 2001, 01:28 PM
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anyone used this micromark arbor table saw? looks very cool and compact (9"x11" footprint)... specifically mentions using it on balsa.

check it out.
Oct 30, 2001, 02:27 PM
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Re: Microlux table saw.

I believe this is the updated and "modernized" version of the saw I purchased from Micromart a number of years back. I mentioned this in one of my above posts and as I pointed out, it isn't cheap.

This should do an excellent job. The key elements to getting a good sawing operation for small wood pieces are:

1. A very fine toothed saw with polished edges and no set to the teeth. This may have to be a slittling saw designed for milling machines (see earlier post) and may have to be modified by machining a special mounting washer/arbor to adapt the large hole in the saw blade to the smaller arbor on the saw. You may also need to have the sides of the blade hollow ground to provide relief from friction when cutting hardwoods and some softwoods. This can be done at many places that specialize in industrial tool sharpening for machine tools.

2. The fence MUST be square to the saw blade. There is probably a way to adjust this on the saw, usually by loosening the table from the body of the saw and shifting it a little.

3 The fence MUST stay square to the saw blade after it is moved. In addition, I would recommend the ACCURISER II attachment as it will certainly help cutting strips.

The rest of the attachments you can make by copying what you see on the web site.

All in all, what I have purchased in the past from Micromart has been good sound stuff although it is usually overpriced when I can find the same thing elsewhere, which I often can't.

Oh, and one more thing. Remove that saw guard. You can't do any real work with it on. Its only there because the manufacturer's lawyers say it must be there for anti-lawsuit purposes.

What the Hell, its only money. Spend it before your wife does.
Oct 30, 2001, 11:20 PM
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Spent Gel-Cell batteries! Perfect as weights to hold parts while glue dries.
Oct 31, 2001, 12:20 PM
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Cordless drills... 7.2 to 9.6 volts.. extra batteries for each..
and those quick-change bits..
Most useful accessories for the cordless Dremel
3 sizes of sanding drums, with various grades of grit..
The Rotozip router and spiral cutters..
A rotary saw blade
A 9 inch 2 or 3 wheel bandsaw..
A good drill press..
Duplicate sets of screwdrivers and wrenches.. one for home, the other in the field box.
Taps for the usual sizes of screws.. dies are less useful..
A stand/support at the field for those of us that can't bend any more..
Jan 11, 2017, 08:48 AM
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Leatherman multitool,!
Jan 11, 2017, 11:55 AM
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Bench jig saw, right angle drive accessory for Dremel , 3-jaw Jacobs chuck for Dremel. balsa stripper for making sticks from sheet balsa, soldering helper with alligator clips, sanding blocks, JIS Phillips screw driver to fit mini servo arm screws, Simple Weller 37 watt soldering iron with replaceable tips, 60/40 "leaded type" rosin core solder, rosin paste flux. 100 watt soldering iron for landing gear etc. soldering. Miniature open/closed end wrench set, jewlers screwdriver set, Screwdriver handle hex wrench set . Two small vice grips, tubing bender.
Jan 11, 2017, 12:06 PM
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MIP hex drivers
Jan 11, 2017, 12:14 PM
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If you don't build models, alls you need is a Phillips screwdriver and maybe glasses to read the one page instruction sheet.
Jan 11, 2017, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Ffog
Leatherman multitool,!
You guys are killing me with these necrotic threads! This hasn't been replied to in over 15 years!! How did you even find it?!