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Knee Blocks
« on: December 24, 2012, 04:25:36 PM »
As I was sawing out eight knee blocks for an oval stool I began to wonder what would be the best way to smooth the sawn surfaces? I ended up using a file and sandpaper-very tedious. I know the sawn surfaces are not in plain sight, but nevertheless they are pretty rough when they come off the bandsaw. Any suggestions? Should I even bother trying to smooth them? Whar about antiques pieces? Were they left rough?

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Re: Knee Blocks
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2012, 06:24:22 PM »
I use a fine rasp, then sandpaper.   

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Re: Knee Blocks
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2012, 01:24:48 AM »
If the marks have been left by a bandsaw, they I use a rasp to disguise the majority of the parallel tracks. If the marks are the result of hand-sawing, then I only use a rasp to fair the bare necessities.
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Re: Knee Blocks
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2012, 08:47:51 AM »
I will use a chisel and gouge to remove the band saw marks. Some knee blocks were also held on with a cut nail.

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