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    whats some of the methods you use to get those annoying fuzzies off the surfaces of your portraits?

    I like using spiral blades, and as you know they are great in tight curvy areas, but become a royal pain when you gotta clean up all their dirty work... I've heard of a few ways but havent had very good luck with them as far as not taking alot of time...

    Whats you method ?
    'smile it makes people wonder what your up to, and brightens anothers day.'

  • #2
    I use a mini butane torch, from the backside of course.

    I learned this method from Ozarkhillbilly and it works great. He's a proponent of spirals, but it works great with fuzzies from flat blades too. Ozark always puts the portrait up flat against another piece of scrap wood to avoid burning the other side. I've never done that and have never had a problem, yet. Just keep the flame moving.
    Mike

    Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
    www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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    • #3
      Hehehe, I use flat reverse-tooth blades and don't have to deal with the fuzzies.
      Kevin
      Scrollsaw Patterns Online
      Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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      • #4
        I too use spirals a lot and also learned from Ozarkhillbilly the butane torch trick .
        Be sure to do it before finishing ! Also practice some on less-than-perfect pieces or some scrap . It doesn't take long at all to get the hang of it
        ...~Robert~
        DW788 and Hawk 226

        " Please let me grow to be the man my dog thinks I am "

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sawduster
          I too use spirals a lot and also learned from Ozarkhillbilly the butane torch trick .
          Be sure to do it before finishing ! Also practice some on less-than-perfect pieces or some scrap . It doesn't take long at all to get the hang of it
          Like those flameless lighters?

          I'm tring to think of the ones that aren't a hefty price, work upside down and aren't like a welders torch or something (don't have the space, nor the cash to get one of these...) I tried using one of those long butane lighters and its not working out the best for me and I've used alot of the butane up... I know a regular lighter is just a bad idea all around (I'd like to keep my fingers, not burn them off)
          'smile it makes people wonder what your up to, and brightens anothers day.'

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          • #6
            No, not a flameless lighter. It is a small refillable butane lighter with an adjustable flame. I'll check the brand of mine tomorrow and get back to you.
            Mike

            Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
            www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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            • #7
              I got mine at lowe's for under $12.00 dollars and it is refilliable, you can find it in the plumbing dept. It's yellow and is called Micro-Jet.
              Check out the Sticky titled "owl progress" I have a couple of pictures posted there with me using the micro-jet burning the fuzzies off. http://www.scrollsawer.com/forum/inf...nge/7779-4.htm
              Last edited by ozarkhillbilly; 02-07-2007, 07:32 AM.
              Bill

              DeWalt 788



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              • #8
                The brand name of mine is Bernzo-matic. I believe I paid about $9 for it at a local hardware store. You can also buy butane in small canisters from Home Depot.
                Mike

                Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
                www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Minnesota scroller
                  The brand name of mine is Bernzo-matic. I believe I paid about $9 for it at a local hardware store. You can also buy butane in small canisters from Home Depot.
                  Picked one up today at Home Depot. Bernzomatic #ST200T = $9.97 and the butane refill bottle was $2.97. Comes with micro torch tip, soldering tip and what they call the 'hot blower'. Nice little unit.
                  Pop
                  Delta 16" 40-530
                  Ryobi 16" VS

                  "Never be afraid to try something new. Remember it was amateurs that built the ARK but Professionals that built the Titanic!"

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                  • #10
                    Thanks abunch fellas... I guess my next concern would be (types of wood being more flamable than another?) like the exotic stuff, any of that flammable?

                    ~Tim
                    'smile it makes people wonder what your up to, and brightens anothers day.'

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                    • #11
                      I don't think you have anything to be concerned with unless you soak it in lighter fluid first. Once you've done it, you'll see what I mean.
                      Mike

                      Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
                      www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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                      • #12
                        Call me a caveman, I've been using a standard propane torch. A few easy passes and most of those fuzzies are gone.
                        Todd

                        Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

                        Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rivari
                          Call me a caveman, I've been using a standard propane torch. A few easy passes and most of those fuzzies are gone.
                          Hey Caveman, I used to use one of those torches too. Then I saw Bill's "Owl Progress" thread and thought the one he had was so darned cute, I just had to have one. It certainly does give you more control, especially when you have just 1 or 2 little hairs you missed the first time around.
                          Mike

                          Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
                          www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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                          • #14
                            Mike I have made a rule in my shop to never purchase any tool that can be labeled "cute". In keeping with the recent Snickers commercial (During Super Bowl)I would have to do something manly if someone called any of my tools cute.

                            I shall now attempt to find a hair upon my chest and rip it out just for writing that word twice.
                            Todd

                            Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

                            Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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                            • #15
                              Aw...come on Todd...you don't consider your cute kids a "tool" for keeping the shop clean <GRIN>

                              My wife referred to my favorite carving knife as "cute" once...I promptly cut myself with it...so it's no longer my favorite.

                              BTW...i've had to move on to leg hair...

                              Bob
                              www.GrobetUSA.com

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