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I'm in the middle of making terrain and Im trying to figure out how to cut my hardboard for the bases. I was going to use a jigsaw, but its not working well. I have no way to really hold down the wood and its vibrating like crazy. What methods/tools do you guys use?
it might help if you use a saw with small teeths if you know what I mean
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Holding it down is half the battle with a jigsaw. If you can get something to clamp (or a willing volunteer) it with then you'll be on to a winner.
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Vibration comes from dull blades - new blade.
Holding a sheet in the middle while sawing the edge produces vibration, also.
Place the piece at the edge of a table so you can hold it down @6in from the saw.
Don't saw your table. ;- )
Good luck, and be safe.
As others suggested - a new blade and slower speed should help.
It would also be a good idea to invest in some 'g' clamps to keep both hands free. Cut as close to the edge of the bench/whatever as possible.
Dovie'andi se tovya sagain (It's time to roll the dice)- Mattrim Cauthon
All good advice. Also, do any major, strait, long cuts with a skill saw, for cutting the hardboard down into more manageable pieces for easy handling with the jigsaw. A new sharp blade is going to make a world of difference.
I found that I get a lot less vibration the further away from the edge I cut. This could end up creating a bit of waste but it definitely makes it easier to cut.
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Get a dremel and use a router.
a small nice scroll saw works well with hardboards. Scroll saws are pretty cheap atleast around here they are.
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