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Scratch-Free Flush Cuts






No matter how carefully I cut with my economy-model flush-cutting saw, it always left scratch marks on the wood’s surface. To solve the problem, I attached a playing card with double-faced tape. Now I don’t have to worry about scratches, because my carded saw doesn’t quite cut flush. Attaching the card limits the saw’s depth of cut, so I saw the dowel halfway, then finish from the opposite side. Sawn dowels stand a wee bit proud, but they’re easy to sand flush. 




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esvenson wrote re: Scratch-Free Flush Cuts
on 09-08-2009 5:52 PM

great idea...and simple

Frank Cooper wrote re: Scratch-Free Flush Cuts
on 09-09-2009 5:35 PM

I use playing cards all the time, for shims during assembly, for glue cleanup, and alignment aids.

It turns out they are exactly .011" thick. Add up a few of them and it is easy to calulate.