Using a scroll saw, I want to cut through a rubber sheet that is
1/16th of an inch and it has a 1/8" cushion attached to it. I have
been told that I would need a knife blade to accomplish this as other
blades would cause the rubber to jump up and down. Can anyone tell me
where I can purchase such a blade? I've looked at several websites but
haven't been able to find a supplier. I haven't purchased my scroll
saw yet but will likely get a 16" variable speed.
Thank you for any help that you can give!
I think the suggestion may have been a good one, though, if you
substitute a thin sheet of acrylic plastic for the top sheet of
wood. My local lumber yard carries this stuff as 0.1" safety
glazing that sells for about $2 per 16" x 20" sheet.
If the sheets are identical, you could have them laser cut (but I
have no idea where or what the cost might be) - otherwise this
sounds like a perfect excus^H^H^H^H^H justification to go
shopping for a band saw (which will /not/ lift the rubber sheet.)
on 3/24/2005 4:50 PM firstname.lastname@example.org said the following:
Perhaps the confusion comes from your use of scroll saw.
I have seen knife blades for sabre saws (sometimes called scroll saws if
the mandrel is rotatable?).
If you're set on using a scroll saw as is used for fretwork, i.e. blade
held at both ends by pin or clamp, I can't help you.
If you can somehow manage to cut the rubber with a sabre saw, look here:
Sears sells the knife blade as:
Craftsman 3 in. Sabre Saw Blade, Knife Edge, 2 pk. for $1.89
Sears item #00928814000 Mfr. model #28814
For use on linoleum, rubber and leather. Blades of high- Carbon Steel,
heat-treated and austempered for durability. Individually ground teeth
for the sharpest edge.
Hope this helps
Well, how about putting the blade in backwards? Only the middle part works,
so start with a fairly wide blade and sharpen the back. I think with a
little practice one might be able to sharpen the edge by installing the
blade in the saw and sharpening with a small stone in a Dremel tool. You
might even be able to hone the edge by running the saw and holding a stone
against the blade.
What are the pieces, rubber stamps??
Yes, they are rubber stamps. I would need a small blade as the designs
are very intricate.
I have heard that other rubber stamp companies use scoll saws to cut
out their stamps. One person orders special blades from Scroll America
and she is going to get me the item number of the blades.
Thank you to everyone for your suggestions!
I don't think you'll ever find such a blade, Melissa. Scroll saws just
aren't designed for that kind of material. A $100 9-inch band saw with a
1/8" blade would be ideal.
To make scroll saw knife blade, you might start with a very thin piece of
suitably sized spring steel and have the edge ground sharp. But it would act
as a wedge and curves might be difficult.
Maybe you could use a hot knife? There would be some nasty fumes as you
burned through the material, I'm sure. You can buy them at hobby shops, even
Wal Mart or eBay. Here's how to build one if you're so inclined:
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