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Old 12-03-2005, 04:37 PM   #21
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The most used "normal" tool I have is my band saw, I'm always making something, trimming something, or cutting out depron/coro with it.

The most "unusual" tools I use are an assortment of dentist hand tools, these consists of assorted pics, spoons etc. When I run low on these, I just ask my dentist for a couple of his old ones and he gladly donates them for hobby use. They are great for scribing balsa, metal, reeming holes, scraping gunk off engines, scraping harden and uncured glue etc.


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Old 12-03-2005, 05:04 PM   #22
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For scalpel (surgical) blades you need a scalpel handle.
They flex and break easily (I use them at work all the time).

Joey's url was a bit off, try these for the building boards:
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Old 12-03-2005, 05:51 PM   #23
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Rather then exacto blades try using surgical blades. They're thinner, sharper, and hold their edge longer.

Where are surgical blades sold? Do they fit regular knife handles?
(Hey, I'm not a surgeon! :P )
They do not fit an exacto knife handle but you can get a very cheap handle with blade from Michael's. It's an artist supply store. They also sell the surgical blades. There is the solid metal handle but I prefer the small plastic one for under $2.

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Old 12-04-2005, 02:35 PM   #24
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Useful tools

I have an "Adjusto-Jig" wing jig, which I use a lot. It allows you to build straight and true wings every time, with very little effort.

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Old 12-05-2005, 12:37 AM   #25
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One of my favorite tools is a machinist's square.

Small and guaranteed to be square unlike most carpenter squares I own.

Also really like my Dremel table saw for cutting blocks.

The thin kerf on the blade reduces waste and makes less sawdust.

The band saw can't be beat for cuved cuts on blocks and thick balsa.
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Old 12-05-2005, 04:39 AM   #26
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Miter Master

One tool that I use for stick-built fuselages is the Fourmost Miter Master. It's a sanding jig for sanding true angles or perfect 90 degree ends. I've had mine for years, don't know if they still make it... I always get perfect joints.
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Old 12-05-2005, 07:13 AM   #27
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Is this the miter master you are referring to?
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Old 12-05-2005, 08:49 AM   #28
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Favorite tools

The dremel, I don't think that there has ever been a time when didn't use it when in the hangar.

Exacto blade sharpener. Bought one in Toledo and took a lot of razzing from the guys in the club for buying it. I don't care, as it puts a new edge on a dull blade and will cut covering like butter. I know that 100 blades are cheap but if you run out and need a sharpy this works great.
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Lest us not forget the precision cutting tool I use. The chainsaw.
I have the good fortune to have an ex nurse in the house so surigical instruments and blades are bountiful. I personally like the forceps that lock for closing fuel lines.
I have a stainless steel bone rasp that works wonders as well.

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Old 12-05-2005, 03:54 PM   #30
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I use large zip lock bags filled with sand for holding curved areas (wing sheeting for example) in place while drying.
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