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The wood blocks are 5 x 0.5 x 0.5 (inches). I would like to make a cut every one inch and then make diagonal cuts so it has a point (so the individual blocks look like houses). I cut the diagonals first and then cut at the one inch mark. I'm not trying to be uniform, but would like them to look a little nicer than what I have now. laugh

I tried using a dremel tool, but that didn't work well. I did find it useful for sanding.

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You may want to try a Coping Saw: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coping_saw

or you could try something like this Clamping Mitre Box: http://hand-tools.hardwarestore.com/67-402-miter-boxes-/clam...

I can picture easier ways to do it, especially if you have a router table.
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Use this:

http://www.amazon.com/X-ACTO-X75320-Mitre-Box-Set/dp/B0000DD...

It is a handly small saw kit that I use a lot for models and miniatures. It has a thin blade which is nice for clean cuts on small items and it comes with a little mitre box that does the trick for making nice, sharp angles on small items - it should be perfect with your houses.
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Agreed - use a Coping Saw + Miter Box or a Router Table
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Use this:

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I made a heap of houses like this for use as Catan towns. I did this using a belt sander upside down in a vice.

I lost my fingertips doing so but taking things a bit more slowly or doing less at a time would have saved them.

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haha, at the Jenga idea. I could always buy them for a buck at my thrift stores and just cut them to other items.

Coping saw. I have one of those in the garage, I'll try it out tomorrow. Thanks for suggestions. If that doesn't go well, I'll check out the mitre set.
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Seriously now, if you're going to use a coping saw, please watch your fingers!

For parts that small, you'd better use a machine.
(For sawing, AND sanding).

Don't you know someone (neighbour, family, friend, collegue) with something like these? :






It would make things easier.

Edit: This is how I work, and still have all my fingertips:




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If money is no obstacle, there's also proxxon.

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Jan Tuijp wrote:

If money is no obstacle, there's also proxxon.



Are there many differences between Proxxon and Dremel?
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Coenst wrote:

Are there many differences between Proxxon and Dremel?


Proxxon tools are a more pleasing shade of green?

They also make a lot more than just rotary tools, they do lathes and table saws and so on as well, all aimed - to the best of my understanding - at the small-scale modeller. Dremel have started to branch out into other kinds of tool, but not to the degree that Proxxon do.

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For what it's worth - you possibly don't care that much if you're just making game pieces or whatever with it, but I have one of these myself, and at least one of the 45-degree slots is about a degree out of alignment, which makes it pretty useless for actually cutting mitres!
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Bichatse wrote:

Proxxon tools are a more pleasing shade of green?
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Coenst wrote:
Edit: This is how I work, and still have all my fingertips:




I'd say your fingertips have been very lucky so far. I wouldn't recommend anybody try this without having some sort of tool to do the holding.
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For small detailed cuts I beleive there is nothing better than a scroll saw. You can check your local home depot to see if they have a rental tool program. Hope this helps.
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