Logo
Builders' Plan Gallery  |  Hip Pocket Web Site  |  Contact Forum Admin  |  Contact Global Moderator
July 21, 2017, 04:50:28 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with email, password and session length
 
Home Help Search Login Register
Pages: [1]   Go Down
Print
Author Topic: Cutting Basswood  (Read 972 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
FLYACE1946
Platinum Member
******

Kudos: 18
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 1,322


Topic starter


Ignore
« on: July 27, 2014, 04:26:13 PM »

How would you go about cutting a 3/32nd square stick from a sheet of 3/32 thick basswood? Could a balsa stripper do the job or just mark the line and cut away with a saw? Thanks for any advice.
Logged
faif2d
Gold Member
*****

Kudos: 26
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 985


Sun came up I was here to see it = good day



Ignore
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2014, 05:06:04 PM »

A balsa stripper should do the job, especially if you can make more than 1 pass.  I always wondered why Comet did not use bass as it would have been easier to cut out the parts than the hard balsa that they used.  The big difference was the grain that they had in their balsa compared to minimal grain in the bass.
Logged

I used to like painting with dope but now I can't remember why!    Steve Fauble
Hepcat
Platinum Member
******

Kudos: 180
Offline Offline

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Posts: 1,600



Ignore
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2014, 07:46:57 PM »

My talented friend Ralph (who uses the pseudonym of Spadge on this forum) is an immaculate workman and I think this is partly due to the fact that he aways finds the correct way to do a job and then finds or makes the necessary tools.  If he happens to see this I think he would recommend a Dremel type of electric drill, properly mounted, suitable cutting wheels for the material and a method of accurately passing the wood past the cutting wheel.  I know he has cut Carbon and Balsa in this way and bass should be a doddle.

John
Logged
Ployd
Gold Member
*****

Kudos: 19
Offline Offline

Australia Australia

Posts: 294




Ignore
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2014, 07:58:26 PM »

I just use a modified mortise gauge by removing the fixed pin and inserting a longer one that is shaped like a blade. Cut balsa, spruce, bass wood and 3 ply this way for 40 odd years...quick and simple.

Ployd in OZ
Logged

"So I collect engines, what's your problem?"
FLYACE1946
Platinum Member
******

Kudos: 18
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 1,322


Topic starter


Ignore
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2014, 01:48:13 PM »

Just reread the advice here. Will use the multi pass route using a good ol #11 blade
Logged
Warhawk
Gold Member
*****

Kudos: 19
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 710



Ignore
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2014, 03:39:34 PM »

Flyace,

Just keep in mind that the good old #11  blade has about a 7 deg angle to it, and you have to compensate for that to get a truly square cut.  I have some strippers that use a double-edged razor blade, which makes a better square.

Another strategy is to sand the edge a bit after the stick has been stripped to get a square edge.  I just made some 1/16" and 1/8" bamboo sticks by sanding to 1/32" thick and then using my balsa strippers and several passes.  It works!  My plan is to soak the 1/8" wide strips and hot bend them to make canopy framing.  As a back-up, I'm sanding some of the bamboo to 1/64" thick to strip and bend.  I've been lightly sanding the edges to square them up, too.

Justin
Logged
FLYACE1946
Platinum Member
******

Kudos: 18
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 1,322


Topic starter


Ignore
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2014, 04:19:25 PM »

Justin

those ideas all sound great to me. Many Thanks.
Logged
Bell Models
Silver Member
****

Kudos: 9
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 170



Ignore
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2014, 04:59:27 PM »

I would just go to the local hobby shop or Michael's, and buy them.

John Bell
Logged
FLYACE1946
Platinum Member
******

Kudos: 18
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 1,322


Topic starter


Ignore
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2014, 05:28:36 PM »

What a good idea, if they would have this available.
Logged
skyraider
Platinum Member
******

Kudos: 62
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 1,114

WWW

Ignore
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2014, 08:06:02 PM »

Most Hobby Lobby stores stock these in their Balsa bin.  The only draw back
is the price for each stick.   Your better off stripping your own.  JMHO.

Skyraider
Logged
Warhawk
Gold Member
*****

Kudos: 19
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 710



Ignore
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2014, 08:35:54 AM »

I spent much of yesterday sanding down some of those bamboo skewers found in the kitchen parts of grocery stores.  It's relatively easy to get 1/16" strip out of the smaller skewers, and 1/8" strip out of the larger diameter skewers, it just takes time.  We'll see if my idea of using it for canopy framing works.  I already bent one hoop over my soldering iron, and it worked well.

Justin
Logged
Dimeflyer
Platinum Member
******

Kudos: 53
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 1,339



Ignore
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2014, 11:26:05 PM »

Best bet is a band saw or table saw guy !
George
Logged
Firefly
Bronze Member
***

Kudos: 0
Offline Offline

United States United States

Posts: 21



Ignore
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2017, 09:37:05 PM »

I tried cutting Basswood with an Xacto #11 blade in a Master Airscrew strip cutter. The bade wandered all over due to the grain structure of Basswood.  I made a very satisfactory stripper, using a Logan 270 Mat cutting blade, closely supported on each side. This is a rectangular blade that flexes very little. Using the closely supported Logan 270 blade, it is easy to get perfect sticks.
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
Print
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!