Thin parting tool choice

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  1. odie

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    Jamie......I have this x-acto extra fine saw. I've never used it for parting, but it could be a more inexpensive way to find out if this kind of tool would be useful for your purposes.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-X-Acto-...490049?hash=item4d3b4e9f01:g:unMAAOSwlV9WRnOF

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  2. Jamie Straw

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    Is "more inexpensive" the same as "less expensive"?:D (sorry, that's the editor in me) I received the Exacto set years ago as a Christmas present -- the box and blades are OK, but the saw's pretty awful. I have one of those very thin, flexible pull saws that I use for fine cutting, but the Lee Valley veneer saw looks very nice, and would fit in between the pull saw and a rougher "Retractable Compact Saw Knife" I bought last year (not terribly useful).
     
  3. Zach LaPerriere

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    Similar to what Mark and Odie posted, I have used a Japanese backsaw with the lathe direction reversed and at low speed for small work. Some Japanese blade designs seem to work better than others. Center turning much better than face turning, because of the difference between crosscutting versus ripping. Dry works better than green in the few species I've tried.

    I think a more solid saw like Mark posted

    Parting with a saw is a wee bit dangerous, so proceed with caution, but nothing super dangerous. Watch for going cattywampus, and as always, be ready to hit the off button.
     
  4. Mark Hepburn

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    Hey Kelly, that's a good idea. I actually have one of those, and I mostly use it to cut small brass tubing and things like that with a little miter box.

    Jamie, the teeth are a little smaller but that may not be a bad thing for this purpose. However the steel was also a little thinner so that is something to consider
     
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  5. Mark Hepburn

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    Zachary, what you said...

    I go backwards, and go slow. Slower than sanding speeds.:)
     
  6. Jamie Straw

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    It just seems to clog up (when I try to cut small dowels with it), and not be very sharp. I've taken to using the little miter box with my thin pull-saw if I need to cut a dowel. Can't quite see using it on a running lathe, but I'll read these posts and see if they change my mind.:)
     
  7. odie

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    Whoops.....yeah, I guess so. Just my "sideways" way of thinking while I'm typing! :oops:
     
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  9. Mark Hepburn

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    I have the Cajun French version of that saw: Exacteaux.

    :D
     
  10. Fred Belknap

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    ( Fred, did you notice if Nick Cook was using the flute up or down?)


    Odie at our monthly club meeting I ask if they remember just what Nick Cook said about his parting tool and everyone confirmed that he used the parting tool with the flute up. Don,t hear to well so I don't trust my hearing sometimes. Got hearing aids ordered.
     

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