Making One Piece Scales

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Intro[edit | edit source]

Brief discussion of various tools and methods that can be used goes here[edit | edit source]

Table Saw - step by step process[edit | edit source]

Images and information posted to the SRP forums[1][2] by kilowattkid[3]

The wood is red oak.

On the jig did you cut the notches where they sit all the way thru or did it have a piece to rest on. an inside of the jig would be get. as i have all the tools to do this and one big block of walnut lol

There is no bottom at the dado cuts. they are all the way through, just line up scale piece flush with the bottom.

From this point I went to 60 grit paper and sanded by hand to smooth out the edges, round the scales out a bit more and get my shape just right. I proceeded from 60 grit up to 600 grit and then buffed out on a plain buffing wheel. I still need to decide what type of finish I want to screw it up with (I'm very impatient with drying times, so I'll probably dip it in laquer about 5 or 6 times) The blade is fresh out the tumbler. I should have prepped it before I put it in, now I will have to probably go through the progressions on the buffing wheel.

For me the biggest problem I had was finding the right way to make the slit with having the least amount of curvature (from blade) to straighten out. By standing the work piece on end you take a chance of the blade grabbing an ripping the piece out of the fixture. This can be alsmost eliminated by making the fixture out of hardwood (oak), making it thick enough to hold a good portion of the piece, making sure the piece is tight in the jig and sawing very slowly.

You don't necessarily need all the tools that I used but it made the process much easier not only in making the scales, but in making the jig as well. For me, pinning 2 piece scales together has been more failure than success due to my impatience, but one piece seem to flow smoother for some reason. It may be more steps but less finesse.

I hope this helps someone out, it sure was fun. This method for me has opend up the door for a more unique approach on making scales (some designs such as my lady scales need more work but the concept is there). Have fun, I'll try to answer questions. To the gurus on the forum, please pick up and add for what I may have left off.


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