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Post  Scott Salzer on Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:39 am

I'm having trouble making the cut in the "chin" area of the head during my rough cutting on the band saw. The blade wants to bind while making that sharp curve from under the bill to the anterior neck. Do I have to make that cut all at once, or is ok to make a couple of relief cuts?

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Post  Davey Welsh on Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:29 am

You can make relief cuts or you can cut as far as you can and then come in under the bill to meet it. Either way you'll be smoothing that curve when you carve the head.

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Post  Scott Salzer on Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:25 pm

Thanks Davey for getting me out of another bind. No pun intended!

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Post  Davey Welsh on Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:26 pm

Scott Salzer wrote:Thanks Davey for getting me out of another bind. No pun intended!

No problem Scott. We'll get together soon hopefully and we'll cut out a bird and carve it.

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Post  Scott Salzer on Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:52 pm

Sounds good, I look forward to it.

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Post  george w on Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:14 pm

i do a lot of rough cutting with my saw--using a 3/8" blade--Anything wider just might bind--Is the blade sharp? You can prolong blade life by turning on the saw and using a light pressure, press two candles on the sides of blade while running--The deposited wax seems to alleviate some of the friction!

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Post  Scott Salzer on Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:01 pm

The blade is brand new. I will try applying wax. Thanks for the tip.

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Post  george w on Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:29 am

Scott, you may also be trying to get the saw to do the work too quickly--Just allow the blade to do its work while you do the guiding.

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Post  Scott Salzer on Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:41 am

Ok. I will try that as well. I get a little nervous when the wood isn't moving forward and I start smelling burnt wood.

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Post  Chris S. on Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:29 pm

Scott Salzer wrote:Ok. I will try that as well. I get a little nervous when the wood isn't moving forward and I start smelling burnt wood.

In the chin area Bill Simonsen showed me to use a 3/4 drill bit it makes a big relife and lines up with that tight area


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Post  Scott Salzer on Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:40 pm

Thanks Chris. I'll give it a try.

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Post  Davey Welsh on Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:40 am

There are many ways to skin a cat, as the saying goes. I look for shortcuts, or ways to cut out steps. I showed Scott how I do this area, cutting in halfway and then finishing the cut in the other direction. It leaves a saw mark under the chin, but 2 secs with the foredom or dremel tool and it is nice and round.

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