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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby teagus » Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:19 am

Ok. Befuddled again. I got this brandy new Performax 16/30 I'm gettin around to turning on. I was waiting for the change to pick up the Kreg adjustable fence to cut test pieces on my 20" Accra bandsaw. I have a table saw in storage. So should I go tablesaw or bandsaw? Looking at the cost of the fence and all that drift bullshit or cost of a blade for the table saw. :?
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby BK in TEXAS » Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:27 am

Teagus...those who use the bandsaw swear by it. Those who use the tablesaw swear by it as well. I think it's a personal preference.
Bosche makes the same blade as the Freud for only $9 at most stores. I use that blade for everything under 1.75" (maximum cut height for an 7 1/4 " blade). Cuts smoother & easier than the thicker 10" blades. So for $9 and a trip to the store I think it's worth a shot. I even have an extra one dedicated to rough profiling fiberglass limbs. Cuts them like butter.
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby BK in TEXAS » Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:33 am

Time to make those funky rocker wedges. After spending some time measuring and such, I decided the best way for me to make the rocker wedge was to start by cutting out a simple triangle 10" long & 3/8" thick. The highest point in the center, tapering to 0" at each end. The protractor said it would be very close to a 4.5˚ angle, so I believed him ;)

I marked the center of a 10 " piece of Walnut, set my taper jig to 4.5˚, and cut. Flipped the walnut end for end and cut again. This will only work if your block is perfectly square.
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Once I had the angles cut the next step was to cut the flat side off. Pretty easy really, just eyeball that the blade is cutting even with the end of your fade
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The first pair.
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They came off pretty darn close to perfect, they just needed a little cleaning up on the disk sander. make sure the table is square.
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Cleaning up the flat side & feathering the fades.
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Trimming down the butt end
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2 pairs of funky ILF wedges ready to go.
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby 4nolz » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:55 am

BK-whats the blue adjustable fence thing called in that first pic?-looks like a guy could cut limb pads with that,I need to find one to order.
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby BK in TEXAS » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:58 am

Mike it's a taper jig, but it only goes up to 6˚
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page ... aper%20jig

For limb pads I've been just cutting them on the bandsaw, saving the line, then taking it down to the line on the disk sander. I can usually get the angle perfect, but if I'm still off a hair I just touch it up again after gluing on the phenolic pad overlay.
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby BK in TEXAS » Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:02 am

Well that link says it goes up to 15˚ I didn't think mine opened that far. Huh.
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby jwillis » Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:09 pm

You're making a good build along! I'm watching closely so I can learn how to gear up for making ILF. Jim
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby Longbow » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:30 pm

Nice build along Bobby, keep it coming
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby Crooked Stic » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:37 pm

I am likin this one really well :D
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby DCM » Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:31 am

Excellent. Thanks!
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