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  • Greenfield_Bob
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    It takes time.
    My first intricate project was way over my head, I broke it bad while cutting it.

    Bob

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  • Danny
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    That is a fine job indeed.

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  • RegisG
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    Thanks all for encouragement and tips. I've decided to just make things for practice rather than just practice cuts on scrap. As long as I'm making small stuff, there won't be a lot of wasted wood (important now that I have a gas fireplace).

    Thanks again,
    Regis

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  • dgman
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    Bill gives excellent advice. One more tip: sand the inside cuts before you separate the stack. That way you are only sanding all the layers in the stack once!

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  • Bill Wilson
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    You're doing fine. Like Mike said it all gets easier with practice. Sometimes the pattern allows you to wander off the line a little, without it being too noticeable. In such cases, it's better to get back to the line gradually, rather than suddenly. Resist the urge to stop & start. Once you are able to maintain a nice, consistent feed rate, you will see a lot of those bumps disappear. Try to focus on the line, just ahead of where you are sawing and you'll learn to anticipate the turns. Sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but it works.

    Good luck and have fun making sawdust!

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  • fireglass
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    RegisG, I bet you learned alot with that one. Your next one well be better,Looks good, Thanks for posting a picture. Lance

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  • wood-n-things
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    You did a fine job and the wavy lines will get better with practice. Long straight cuts and circles are difficult to master.

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  • RegisG
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    1st ever slightly intricate project

    This is my 1st project that is not just a fairly simple cut. I learned here (on this site) how to stack and and basically navigate corners. I learned more about blades too. Now, I've learned that if I'm not a LOT more accurate, I'll be spending a lot of time sanding and filing to smooth my wavy lines.

    Thanks for all the helpfull people and tips.
    Regis
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