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#1 alugilaC

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:33 AM

Tired of sanding your wood handles for hours? If you're like me you have totally forgotten your scroll saw table can tilt


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I find that ~30 degrees works the best, all that is left to do is take your block o' wood handles and cut off the edges


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Just a little sanding to get rid of the burrs, and bam! easy comfy handles.
This may be redundant to some, but I'm guessing I'm not the only one who hadn't figured this out yet.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:40 AM

I may be totally dumb, but what exactly is the point of tilting the table of the saw? Does it make it any easier than rounding the edges down with sandpaper?
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:28 AM

I may be totally dumb, but what exactly is the point of tilting the table of the saw? Does it make it any easier than rounding the edges down with sandpaper?


You can take off more material in less time.

I prefer to use a spindle sander, but you could also use rasps, files, or heck a Dremel to work down your handle blank.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:30 AM

I may be totally dumb, but what exactly is the point of tilting the table of the saw? Does it make it any easier than rounding the edges down with sandpaper?


Like Eik said, tilting the table will take off much more wood in much less time. Correct me if I'm wrong but, I assume you still finish it off by sanding down the edges right?

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:10 AM

Like Eik said, tilting the table will take off much more wood in much less time. Correct me if I'm wrong but, I assume you still finish it off by sanding down the edges right?

Yes, exactly.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 10:01 AM

A router might also have a useful application here; they make chamfer and round bits in a variety of styles and sizes.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:27 PM

Thanks, I haven't thought of this before. Maybe a thread about ergonomics would be valid.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:13 PM

Not to steal your thread, but on topic of quick, nice handles, using a cheap rasp/file hybrid thing (the kind that has a rasp on one end file on the other like THIS) I have made some super comfy RBP handles for snaps in 15-20 minutes. I have been using the one I linked earlier in this post for a while now and it does a great job, although for small curves I still have to use my Dremel.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:25 AM

Not to steal your thread, but on topic of quick, nice handles, using a cheap rasp/file hybrid thing (the kind that has a rasp on one end file on the other like THIS) I have made some super comfy RBP handles for snaps in 15-20 minutes. I have been using the one I linked earlier in this post for a while now and it does a great job, although for small curves I still have to use my Dremel.


That's what I use, and I have some smaller course files that I use for tight corners. Then I usually finish it off with emery cloth (which is really just a long narrow roll of sandpaper) on the curved surfaces and a foam sanding block on the more flat portions.
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#10 alugilaC

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:17 PM

I tend to hurt my hands a lot, so I don't like to sand things for 10-30 minutes, also I don't have any kind of electrical sander, though I'm looking into acquiring one. This is just a shortcut I've found to avoid extensive sanding, but yes, I do find that sanded handles are a bit comfier.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:30 AM

I agree. Even though I have some drummer hands, sanding doesn't only hurt my hands, but also hurts my wrist. I know sanding will actually have to take place, but why not reduce time and amount of sanding? It will also give the handle a more industrial look, making it appealing to people who want to use it as a loaner primary, and not something that is already made JUST for one person's hands.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:27 PM

I tend to hurt my hands a lot, so I don't like to sand things for 10-30 minutes, also I don't have any kind of electrical sander, though I'm looking into acquiring one. This is just a shortcut I've found to avoid extensive sanding, but yes, I do find that sanded handles are a bit comfier.



I agree. Even though I have some drummer hands, sanding doesn't only hurt my hands, but also hurts my wrist. I know sanding will actually have to take place, but why not reduce time and amount of sanding? It will also give the handle a more industrial look, making it appealing to people who want to use it as a loaner primary, and not something that is already made JUST for one person's hands.


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Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:17 PM

I have both of those. That factory look man, more appealing as a loner gun than one with an already custom handle.
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