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And Boo Boo #1 on the Display Stand Project. Hopefully, it will be the only one.

Not thrilled with the birch; I imagine that's because I don't have what's necessary to cut it without it splintering on me. What I want to say about the suggestion to use it, I'll keep to myself. >:)

Fortunately, I may be able to salvage the project, because I have a spiral bit for my router; and when I decided to throw all caution to the wind, and try it (at the suggestion of another router friend I called in desperation; either I called them or burned everything to the ground. *shrug* PMS is setting in; what can I say.) Anyway, it took a minute to get used to how it handled, but I got it.

The boo boo came from trying to adjust the tabletop belt sander with it on, and the large piece of shelf in my hand; yeah. The belt got me. After I cursed, I heard Ken say "That's gonna sting..." which made me curse again, for not having at least a band saw. And THANKS to this blasted Baltic Birch, I now have a microscopic sliver in my index finger that I can't see, but I can DAM sure feel it! *UGH* :shout:

So there's my story. The display is standing, and I want to make another corner, and maybe one straight shelf. We'll see. I still have to hand sand, and stain it; that will be tomorrow. I ran out of LP in the tank, so the heat was gone. Ken's promised to get me three tanks of LP tomorrow morning.

Many Many MANY Thanks to Brian and Mike for their work on the diagrams. I wouldn't even be able to say I have a display if it weren't for you two; and to Nick, also, who was the first to rise to the task of attempting the project. I am forever grateful to you.
 

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The stand looks really good, Barbara...sorry you had to spill blood over it...

We're all here to help anyway we can...good luck with finishing the project and great success at the fair...
 
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Nicely done, Barb! I think a Band-aid is in order...you don't need blood stains on your project... :)
Nope, no blood; Ken got the bactine out, so I cleaned it, got a kiss to make it better from Ken, then two band aids ("because one don't hold worth sh*t" Ken said :lol: )
 
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Well done. Sorry about the difficulties cutting the BB and the sliver. Try scoring it with a razor knife prior to cutting and using a very fine toothed blade in whichever saw you use. I have on occasion used painters tape over the line to be cut. My jury is out on that approach. Another thought, depending on the type of saw you are using make sure the finish side is cut on the down stroke.
 

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Next time you cut BB, put tape on the cut line. Green painters tape works best. Cut with the face side down when using a jig saw. With the kind of stuff you're making, put a WEN or Rikon small band saw on your future tool list. The two are identical and handle jobs like this with ease. I keep a half inch blade on mine, but you can get a narrower blade for tighter curves, but the half inch does straight lines better. It has about a 6 inch throat and although it wasn't made for it, I was able to resaw with it.

Don't know if the stand comes with the WEN, but it works really well on a counter top. I wouldn't use less than a 3/16th blade, but with it you could make raindeer or band saw boxes

No more splinters, the tiny ones are the worst. Sometimes I try to dig them out with a pin, but it only works when I make it bleed and the splinter flushes out with the blood. Nice of Ken to kiss it and make it better. :wub:

And. what you produced looks really nice.
 

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I do cuts like that with my scrollsaw. No problems so far, and I've been doing that for a long time.
 

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I've got O+ if you need a transfusion, didn't you read the MSDS on BB, the splinters turn clear when they enter the body, and may last for years.
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Well, good to know that I have a supply of the same blood type as I have, Herb :lol:

As for the MSDS my bad.... *giggle* it sure did turn clear! Still ouching this morning! Gonna have to get out the magnifying glass and search it out, I guess.
 

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@DesertRatTom if I put tape on the cut line, I wont see it. I transferred these over using my wintergreen oil. My scroll saw worked for the notches, but that was it. Had to use a spiral bit, to boot.

A band saw is already on my "Wish List" and in my tools list for the future in my bio here. My last one took a dive (or two) off the tabletop, (it was knocked off) and was pitched. I really want a metal one, but we'll see.
 

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@JOAT I've always used my scroll saw as well. I have blades as fine as 0. But I've never used it on BB. Pine, oak, etc, it works great. I get the feeling BB is a wood of a different animal, and I beg to differ; I don't think your way wouldn't have fared any better. I've been cutting for almost 20 years (WOW! wait... really? Dang! Guess so!) Anyway. Been cutting a long time on my scroll, and this is the first time that even a spiral didn't work.
 

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Draw the cut line on the tape. The tape goes on the side where the blade teeth exit the workpiece, on the top for circ and jig saws, bottom for band saws, but with a proper blade and real BB, not really necessary for the band saw.

The saws I mentioned bolt down to a surface, I made a movable stand for mine. Most band saws will cut metal with the right blade. Both saws are steel construction, steel spine. Cut quality is all in the care you take with setup. Lots of used, full sized band saws out there. They are moveable, but tippy. Used price will be about the same as the smaller Rikon ($350). The WEN is $260 at HomeDepot online, free pickup at your local store. Top quality 72 1/2" blades were cheap on Amazon, the shorter blade gets dull faster than the 93 inch blade on most Delta style cast iron saws.

Not giving you a hassle Barb, just trying to be helpful. I bet that Mike in Detroit would love to keep an eye out for a band saw at a good price for you. He's a great guy, I visited him a few years ago when I was in Detroit.
 

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I really like your design, Barb. I'd be very interested in some pictures of the drawings, so I can get a better idea of the angles and shapes. I've taken an interest in working with BB plywood lately, and would like to try your ideas

Sorry you got hurt. That's going to take a while to heal with it being right in the joint.
 

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Did you get real BB (comes in 5 x 5 sheets) or the copycat birch ply from the big box store? A world of difference.

Should have called me Barb. You know I'm less than 20 miles away. We could have made a display that would have sold before the merchandise. lol
 
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Did you get real BB (comes in 5 x 5 sheets) or the copycat birch ply from the big box store? A world of difference.

Should have called me Barb. You know I'm less than 20 miles away. We could have made a display that would have sold before the merchandise. lol
Ummmm "real" BB??? I went to where I found I could get it. These were 2x4 sheets. And I don't have your number, John :cray: I would love to have you over! I still have to create a stand for the large signs. Ken doesn't like these :lol: I told him to be quiet. Wasn't like he was coming up with ideas. He's good at criticizing, but a little short on what to do :lol:
 

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I really like your design, Barb. I'd be very interested in some pictures of the drawings, so I can get a better idea of the angles and shapes. I've taken an interest in working with BB plywood lately, and would like to try your ideas

Sorry you got hurt. That's going to take a while to heal with it being right in the joint.
You're gonna want to see my post in the Lobby asking for display shelf help. I can't take credit for the idea. It was on Etsy. I just figured I could make them just as well as pay someone $80 or whatever it was; why let them have all the fun of making them? Anyway, I couldn't find a pattern for them, and thanks to the fantastic people here, I got a pattern I could print and use.
 
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