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Old 03-07-2009, 02:27 PM   #1
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Alternate methods of cutting ribs

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I know that the two commonest techniques for cutting ribs are to trace around a template with a knife, and using a bandsaw.

I had a thought that might be workable, having seen it on a woodworking show.

Is it possible to use a dremel tool like a router (or better yet a router itself), and then have a template with the outline of the rib and then moving the template around the router bit to trim down the piece of balsa?

Which router bit (or Dremel bit) works best with contest grade balsa.

I've seen past masters with bandsaws cutting ribs. Joe Murray once showed how he cuts a full set of the Club Coupe ribs in one pass around the bandsaw, and then cuts the spar sections, then pulled a few ribs to cut the dihedral brace. Total time from stacking the ribs and adding the template to fionished ribs was less than five minutes. This was about twenty years ago when he couldn't keep up with the demand for his ARF kits.

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