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    I need to cut the walls of a 10" long curving box. I don't know if I should cut inside of the wall first or outside first. Wall will be about 1/4" wide and 1" tall if I can cut it right. I can talk myself into either first and just don't know which is better.

    Appreciate any tips.
    Regis
    An old beginner leaping in.

    Pleased with my new EX-16.

  • #2
    Not fully picturing what it is you want to cut. It seems to me it is 6 one 1/2 dozen of the other. Since neither will affect the integrity/strength of the wall I'd say go for either side.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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    • #3
      If it was me doing it, I would do the outside first, as it's what will be visible all the time. I envision myself not feeling as confident at making the second cut, worried about staying absolutely parallel to the first one, so that I would wind up not being as accurate as I would like. Maybe you wouldn't have that sort of issue - just a thought.

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      • #4
        PatteM, that makes sense. I've been concerned about breaking it somewhere as I work around. Cutting around inside of the box wall last seems like it will keep piece more stable as I work around the final curves.
        Thanks,
        Regis
        An old beginner leaping in.

        Pleased with my new EX-16.

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        • #5
          I am with Mike and not sure of what you are trying to do.
          But for me I always cut from the inside out. Leave the inside pieces in place to support the outside cuts and give you something to hold. The only time I deviate from that is if the outside is all straight cuts and I can do it on the table saw for more precision, then I will do that first and then cut the inside.
          Rolf
          RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
          Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
          Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
          And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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          • #6
            I'm cutting the side walls of the Steve Good guitar case. The lid slides over the bottom. Both bottom and top have side walls about 1/4" thick and 1" high. I feel this is thin for a 10" X 5" piece and don't want to break it while cutting. I'll cut it today and hope for the best.
            Thanks,
            regis
            An old beginner leaping in.

            Pleased with my new EX-16.

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