|Forum topic by Elizabeth||posted 09-13-2013 05:41 PM||773 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
09-13-2013 05:41 PM
I want to get into making tone boxes aka tongue drums. I have a scroll saw but I see that a lot of people make the solid boxes and then cut the tongues out of the tops using a jigsaw. (Apparently the sound of the tones will change if you try to tune them off the box and then attach it after cutting.) I don’t have a jig saw.
I wonder how many finished boxes end up ruined by screwing up the top!
Assuming I decide to go the cutting-in-situ route, what jigsaw or other cutting device would you recommend? I think something lighter weight (3-5 pounds maybe) would be better than heavier for me. And obviously something with good control for cutting around tight curves. I have seen some with lights on them, which would be nice but not essential. Would prefer to keep the cost in the $40-$80 range but if there is good reason to go higher I will consider it.
Apparently somewhere outside the US Black and Decker make (or used to make) a 360 jigsaw designed for cutting curves but it runs on 240 volts. I also briefly looked at the Dremel Trio as it has jigsaw-like cutting ability but since it uses a spinning bit the cuts can go in any direction. However, after reading several reviews I’m not sure if it would be right for this job.
If you were buying a tool for this purpose, what would it be?