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 Post subject: Re: Make your own blade
PostPosted: 05 Apr 2019, 02:34 
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I'm thinking it might be a way for me to try one of these fancy carbon-arylate blades. They're generally way too heavy for what I like, being around 90 grams. If I can shave 10g off I'd be able to use it. Problem is... the heat might affect the epoxy they use in the cloth layup. Epoxy creeps when it gets hot. I'd perhaps have to build some sort of press to keep the layers from coming apart and use a fairly low temperature over a longer period of time. Naah… :lol: Even the cheap Chinese ones cost $30-40... too much for a casual experiment that might end with a destroyed blade. I do intend to bake a M8 some time, if I can figure a way to easily remove the lens without damaging it.

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 Post subject: Re: Make your own blade
PostPosted: 16 May 2019, 03:46 
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I do intend to bake a M8 some time, if I can figure a way to easily remove the lens without damaging it.
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You really love that blade ...


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 Post subject: Re: Make your own blade
PostPosted: 16 Jul 2019, 04:42 
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Greetings all!

First, I would like to say thank you to all of the contributors to this thread. The information is incredibly helpful to new builders. After reading 35 pages of posts and taking bits and pieces into consideration, I have completed my first blade. Rubbers are arriving this afternoon and I will be giving it a test run later in the week. I have a fairly-high rated friend in San Diego that is going to be testing it after I try it out. I decided to try my first in the style of Bob Brickell per Iskandar Taib's recommendation. I just received a few sheets of 9" veneer from CertainlyWood (Ipe, Black Limba and Cypress). I'm also waiting on a Roarockit Vacuum Press kit and some 1/8" Mahogany and smaller pieces of balsa for some different core/medial compositions. What an addicting hobby!

I'm afraid it's going to be a rocket, but she (my friend that will be doing the testing) is definitely ok with that.

Size is slightly smaller than the Ross Standard blade template.


Blade composition:

• 1/32" 3-ply Birch A/AB

• 1/4" Balsa

• 1/32" 3-ply Birch A/AB


Handle:

• Koa


Glues:

• Blade Layers - Titebond Liquid Hide Glue (planning on switching to Gorilla Poly for future)

• Handle to blade - Contact cement

Finish:

• Two coats Wipe-On Poly with light 320 grit sand between coats


Weight:

• 98 g (I'm guessing this is due to the handle being slightly longer than average? It was a request from friend. )

The handle is definitely the weak point of this one, and I plan to mitigate it by building a router jig for the future builds. This was my first and I thought I would be able to do it without building one. That was a bad line of thinking. I'm not quite good enough with a chisel to keep them consistent.

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 Post subject: Re: Make your own blade
PostPosted: 18 Jul 2019, 03:54 
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 Post subject: Re: Make your own blade
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 Post subject: Re: Make your own blade
PostPosted: 08 Nov 2019, 19:05 
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Came across this just now. 4mm cores, 12x8 inches. 3 sheets for $5.22, including shipping. I think the wood is paulownia (kiri). This is from XVT, they seem to OEM blades, so this probably comes from their factory.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32809627985.html

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Incidentally, you can get 6mm paulownia planks from Daiso, but you'd have to find someone to sand it down to about 4mm for you unless you want a really thick blade.

Also came across this:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32627446243.html

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