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I'm making a hummingbird clock for Wifey and have a couple questions.
1. Sanding;
I've seen sanding blades in a catalog and am wondering what are good ones to get. Do they install on the saw like regular blades? Flexible?
2. Gluing;
The pic below is what I'm working on. What is a good way to glue the scroll work to the backing? Titebond in a very thin line? Another way?

This scroll saw stuff is fun.
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Hi Mike

Sanding blades, you should need them if you use the right blade.
Some will cut so smooth of a finish it will be just like glass..no sanding needed ..

" backing? " = ????

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I'm making a hummingbird clock for Wifey and have a couple questions.
1. Sanding;
I've seen sanding blades in a catalog and am wondering what are good ones to get. Do they install on the saw like regular blades? Flexible?
2. Gluing;
The pic below is what I'm working on. What is a good way to glue the scroll work to the backing? Titebond in a very thin line? Another way?

This scroll saw stuff is fun.



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I'm using Flying Dutchman blades, but since I'm new to this, I get a lot of blade marks that need sanding out. I have some small jewelers files, but noticed the sanding blades in a catalog.
Scroller-SS SANDERS 1/4" PLAIN END--120 GRIT
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Scroller-Scroll Saw File - Medium

There is a 3/4" walnut back plate behind the maple scroll.

Still have to make the hole for the clock, which I still have to get.
Just noticed this company is about 20 miles north of me. Looks like a road trip coming up.

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Mike, steve good has a tip on how to use your saw as a sander just by folding sandpaper and holding it in the blade clamps.

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That's a good idea. I even have some sandpaper I could use.

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Hi Mike

It sounds like it's time for the sanding mop and the Dremel..

http://www.stockroomsupply.com/The_Mini_Mop.php
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Mike,

I've used those "sanding blades" in my scroll saw but its been years. The ones I had were cloth-backed sandpaper between plastic holders. You had control of the softness with the blade tension. It took me a little bit to get used to them though... I ham-handed a couple and they tore... but then I wasn't working fine stuff like your clock (mine were showing my son how to use them for his pine wood derby car.. he'll be 19 in a few days)... I think they'd work good for you. Wish ya lived closer; I'm pretty sure I've still got a few.

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We don't see too many projects from you Mike but when we do, they're beauties.
If I was capable of such fine work, I could well have a sheet of coloured glass behind it, possibly even with a few LED's touching the edges to give an even low illumination, they could even be different coloured ones! just me thinking out loud.

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I've been pretty busy straightening the shop up, and making 14 boxes for the tap dancers in our senior center show for next Xmas. I've also spent a lot of time just sitting in the shop, staring at the walls, wondering what project to tackle next. I've been a complete blank all winter.
I want to make a hall tree for our daughter, but I need to mill some of that old lumber I picked up first.

Back to the clock, The backing is 3/4" thick so the clock will stand up by itself. I like the idea of the glass and LEDs. Perhaps in another project.
I just need to know the best way to glue the pieces together. I suspect a thin line of Titebond will do it.

I've been to Steve Goods' site. Kinda difficult to navigate. Everything is sorted by year and month. I haven't found a central index. Terrible way to build a website.

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I have made many scroll saw items and have had a few places where sanding was needed but for the most part its the blade. The right blade will leave a smooth marble like finish on the edge of the wood. just need to test with a assortment pack perhaps until you get the one you want. and as far as glue I made many clocks in the past (15-20) years ago and all of them are still around and working many had glue on fret work.Tight bond wood glue was used.
I was looking at your photo and I don't really see any sanding area that your talking about, unless your trying to straighting out your lines, the more practice you get the better at following the lines you get soon you ll be able to split a pencil line with ease, besides you want hand-made not machine like production right!!
your off to a great start lets see the rest..

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