Sunday, March 31, 2019

Fretwork Fish on a Grain of Rice Scroll Saw Pattern.

I decided to take on the challenge of breaking the world record for micro-fretwork. This grain of rice is approximately 6 millimeters long. I collaborated with Pegas Blades of Switzerland to have custom scroll saw blades manufactured. Pegas jumped at the challenge and made me a gross of  #32/0 modified geometry blades. While they were at it they manufactured #300 micro drill bits. These roughly measure 1/100th of a millimeter. A special chuck was required and supplied. Thanks, Pegas.

Another big challenge was getting the pattern printed and attached to the grain of rice. After several attempts, I managed to get the pattern lined up and attached to the rice.

I was all ready to start my attempt at the record but had to wait for the blades to ship from Switzerland. They arrived on Wednesday. I was disappointed when I opened the package that the blades were not in the box. I called Pegas and was told to take a closer look. Yes, they were indeed in the package. They were so small that I needed a high power magnifier to see them. Wow.

I woke up early Thursday morning ready to break the record. I fueled up with a bowl of corn flakes and orange juice. Let's do this thing.

For proof of the world record, I started my video camera.

I started my first cut at 8:03am. Two hours later and 27 broken blades I had completed the tail fin. I was killing blades at an alarming rate. I had to focus and do better. 

I took several deep breaths and slowed my heart rate. I managed to cut the scales over the next hour with only 7 broken blades. I got this.

Eight more hours of cutting with a few water breaks and I was down to my last interior cut. Murphy's law took over and I broke several blades. I was down to one blade. If it broke I would have to reorder more blades and that would take weeks. To break this world record today I would have to muster all my focus and concentration. I held my breath and started the last cut. I did it!

Exhausted from the tension I just sit there for several minutes admiring my work. I was happy and the world record was mine. All I had to do was remove the SD card from the camera and mail it to Guinness for verification. 

As I stood to walk over to the camera I felt something in my pocket. The SD card!

The world record is still up for grabs after my SD card blunder. I have attached the fish pattern to this post so you can give it a shot. Contact Pegas for the #32/0 blades and micro drill bits. With shipping, the cost is a little over $8,000 for a gross of blades and 20 bits. I know that sounds expensive but I get my affiliate pay so I know you will want to help me out.

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It's always fun when we share ideas with the community. Albert had a problem and found a way to solve it for himself. He took the time to put together a video and post it on YouTube for others who may find his idea helpful.

Albert wrote me an email telling me about his fix and said he thought others may like to see it. I have seen the problem he describes a few times. It is a weak point of the Excalibur type of saw. 

The part will fail over time if you overtighten the thumb screw. It will also fail if you have the habit of pushing on the thumb screw as he demonstrates in the video. I'm sure there are people who also push on the thumb screw the way Al has the habit of doing.

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