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Forum topic by Edwin posted 07-08-2015 01:04 PM 910 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2015 01:04 PM

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I just started a project that requires me to cut out some windows that have to be straight. It is Toys and Joys pattern 126 Hydraulic crane. If you look at the pattern I am cutting the windows of the cab. Ed

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#1 posted 07-08-2015 01:44 PM

Don’t know how thick your material is, so I’m not sure if a router and flush trim bit would be applicable? If not, scrollsaw or fret saw close to the line and then file it to finish?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 07-08-2015 01:52 PM

Maybe build a “pattern” from straight pieces- to form an opening- then do what Ed suggested with a small trim router and a bearing bit.

Of course, if you would like to buy a new toy- a Laser Cutter would be perfect for this!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-08-2015 02:01 PM

How many do you plan on doing? If just this one build, the scroll saw/fret saw/jig saw option and filing/sanding to line might be best.

If you are going to crank out 3, 4 or more of the toys, a pattern and trim router sounds like best option. You would still cut with some type of saw close to the line and then use the pattern/router.

I do like the laser cutter idea :) Always look for projects requiring new, cool tools :) :) :)

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#4 posted 07-09-2015 03:16 AM

I’d use a scroll saw. Keep in mind that you can always clamp a straight edge to the table of a scroll saw and get a very crisp line if you go slow. You might also need to score the line with a knife first which will prevent tear out.

If you don’t have a scroll saw, here’s what I told a new woodworker a few weeks ago during his visit to my shop. I said, ”you don’t need to own all these tools…you just need to add beer to the shop fridge when you come over to use them.”

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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