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Posted on Jeweler's blades for marquetry work?

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 05:40 AM

The blades I use for marquetry are technically Jewelers’ blades.
They are sized the opposite of scroll blades, ie: the higher the number the finer the blade.
The ones I use are 2/0’s and are about .01” thick. I have them in 30 tpi and 60 tpi.
They are available in standard 5” but the ones I use in the chevalet are ~7” and allow a longer, smoother stroke.
I cut packets up to 3/4” thick with serious hardwoods in them and they hold up fine but heat would be a problem in a scroll saw situation I would think. That said they are not expensive and finer cuts are finer cuts.
I have heard of people using up to 8/0 but in my humble opinion they would be extremely fragile for my kind of work and the kerfs I get with 2/0’s are invisible unless you are really out looking for them.

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