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Old 12-08-2007, 11:24 PM   #11
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Carter,
Thanks for that video. Very, very impressive. You cut in less then 3 minutes what it takes me about 10 minutes to cut. And your control and turning speed is awesome.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:37 PM   #12
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Many, many thanks, folks, for your kind comments. Those are some nice responses on a Saturday night. That's what makes it all worthwhile.

Brad, the guy you refer to is Mark Cappitella, a friend whom I met when we both first started twelve years ago. He decided to make a profession of it whereas I made up my mind early I did not want to sell my puzzles. Mark, on the other hand, has really been a success, pulling in multi-six figures and charging about $1.75 per puzzle piece. He has an amazing web site at mgcpuzzles.com.

After Stave and Elms Puzzles, both of whom employ puzzle cutters, Mark works alone and is the third most popular puzzle maker in the country. There are others who do it as a full time business, not very many but certainly more than three (I know cause we've met together).

Most other puzzle makers cut much more artistic puzzle pieces than I do, but I'm pretty sure I'm the most severe color line cutter of all of us.

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G'day Carter,
That was excellent. If can get my speed up to a third of yours, I'd be ecstatic
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Old 12-09-2007, 06:43 AM   #14
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Great video ! I hope you don't mind, Carter, but I've already posted a link to it over on the UKWorkshop forum. Everyone who's interested in scrolling ought to see you in action.

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Carter,
Wonderfull demonstration! Seeing the video makes me want to get back into making puzzles (your way). I have several ready to be cut but going to wait until I open my new Dewalt 788 for Christmas. The ones I made a few months ago were cut with a Dremel 1680. A guy told me the Dewalt 788 will do much better than the Dremel far as cutting sharp turns because of the way it was set up. Not sure why but soon will find out.
Just wish I had half your talent, speed and quality. Take care and wishing you and yours a "Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year"!
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Carter:

Thank-you for the video. Well done.

You showed very impressive control over the twisting motion around the blade.

BTW: I presume the speed of the saw's upper arm is an illusion due to the video recording media. The saw sounded like it was running at a much higher SPM.

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Old 12-09-2007, 10:47 AM   #17
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Thanks, Phil. I noticed that illusion when I played it back. The DeWalt saw's speed control goes from 0 to 8. I run mine for puzzle cutting at about 6.4. With my particular machine, that speed, which is indeed faster than it appears on the video. effectively combines cutting ability and low vibration.

When I cut the little postage stamp puzzles, I cut the speed to 4 and lower the tension from 4.5 (out of 5) to 3. Maybe next month I'll film a close-up video cutting pieces for a stamp.

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I'm sure I've asked this before, but I can't find the post or remember th answer. What glue is best used to attach photo paper to BB plywood?

What I like about puzzle cutting is that is similar to an improvised jazz solo. No such thing as a wrong cut (note) so you can cut with confidence.
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Great idea Gill
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Great video ! I hope you don't mind, Carter, but I've already posted a link to it over on the UKWorkshop forum. Everyone who's interested in scrolling ought to see you in action.

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I just now put it on my own Woodworking Friends site as well. This is a must see video for all scrollers even if they are not into jigsaw puzzles.
Not only does it show expert jigsaw puzzle making but it also shows how many of us spin the wood when cutting with a flat blade . It might help some scrollers that have been using only spirals to try the smoother and faster cutting flat blades if they have never actually seen flat blades being properly used the way Carter demomstrates it. .

Thanks Carter for a great video.
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Thanks, Bill. I never know which or how many forums to post something to, and it's especially nice when friends like you and Gil do it for me.

New Mexico, I like your jazz analogy. I'm not sure that everyone can improvise in music, but I do feel that, with practice, any scroll sawer can cut puzzles freehand. For some answers to your question, I refer to Bill's forum for a set of instructions I wrote on cutting freehand puzzles. Here it is:

http://wmyoung.proboards107.com/inde...ead=1173906092

Heav phun.......Carter

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