Re: [bolger] Digest Number 2518
- In a message dated 6/26/05 7:49:21 AM Central Daylight Time,
> I've got anI, too, have an old back and old eyes, not to mention limited
> old back and old eyes. For me, a saber saw (mine is a Bosch) is lighter and
> cuts more slowly than a skil saw.
attention span, poor fine-motor muscular coordination and lack of spatial relations!
I, too, use a saber saw to cut out panels (mine is a B&D "Professional" [LOL)
unit, probably 2 decades old). With a common 10 pt./in. wood cutting blade and
the "orbit" setting on the "fine" end of the scale, it cuts through 2 X 1/4"
(6mm), clamped-together, occume panels as fast as I want to go, with no
splintering, but lots of sawdust - coarse, medium and fine. This saw has no
dust-extraction or dust-blowing function, and the accumulation of dust ahead of the
blade, when using it against a batten as a guide, is a bit of a problem. It might
not be a problem if you are sighting the cut by eye, rather than using a
batten, but I don't know. I used a batten this weekend and didn't do any
This weekend I cut up 4 sheets of very nice "Joubert" brand occume
marine ply (approx. $60 + tax/sheet, Elmo's Lumber, Lake Elmo, MN) to make
planks. I decided that I would get better results by using the batten I used to draw
the dimensions to act as a fence for my saw than by cutting to the line
freehand. (My cuts with the saber saw tend to be visibly "wavy." In the hands of
someone who knows what he is doing, a Skilsaw might be a better choice of tool.)
My saber saw has a rectangular base approx. 3" X 6". It occurred to me
to accurately cut to a line, guided by a batten, I needed to have a circular
base, centered on the blade's front edge. I made a desultory, uninteresting
and uncompleted attempt at constructing such a base. I decided that, except for
the most sharply curved portions, the errors introduced by the interplay
between the curved batten and the rectangular saw base would be small and as likely
to cancel out earlier errors as to exacerbate them. The jury is still out on
this issue, but I'll have to live with the consequences!
Ciao for Niao,
Bill in MN
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