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#1 PeakyBeaky

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 02:23 AM

Ok. I've decided to get serious about toy making and start buying lumber and cutting my own pieces. The fids are costing me a fortune in toy parts. I'm also going to order the pieces to repair some manzanita stands myself. And I want to make them some toys out of stainless steel flatware so I have to be able to drill a hole in it.

I plan to buy one of those cordless drills and a saw and two saw horses. My question is, is there anything between a jig saw and the big round ones (skil saw?) that will get the job done? The big ones look pretty scary to me.:scared: I guess I could cut soft pine with a jig saw but I'm not sure. I doubt it would cut manzanita though or maybe it would? I hope to get some advice before I go into Home Depot and try talking to the tool guys. The guys that work at the HD near me are not exactly helpful. Or even civil.
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Posted 16 March 2010 - 04:45 AM

I think the jig saw would be fine. I like HD, they almost everytime I go there, I find what I need. (pvc pipes/connectors)

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 04:49 AM

My husband is getting a drill for his birthday lol... it is really for him to drive holes in stuff for Abbey lol

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 01:16 PM

The jigsaw is OK for up to a certain size..beyond that you may need a circular saw, this will cut really hard wood also. However a jigsaw will cut funny shapes..a circular saw won't. As for the hardwareshop...no help..no sale!

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 03:04 PM

Jigsaws are much harder to use, you need a lot more strength. We use a lot of apple and pecan wood for the chinchillas, so we need something stronger. You really do need a circular saw, we are buying one too, the jigsaw is even hard for my husband, and he is very strong! We have a great drill, and we do make our own toy parts. We sell parts for our chinchilla customers too, and I love to make my own stuff for the birds. We use vitacritter dye, there is nothing that compares to that.
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Posted 16 March 2010 - 04:55 PM

Let me suggest an 18 volt cordless drill. they make a 12volt look like a toy. hold a 12 volt in 1 hand, and an 18 in the other, hit the trigger, you'll feel the power, and speed diff.:ywink:
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Posted 16 March 2010 - 11:40 PM

Bud, thanks for the info on the drill. I wasn't sure about the size on that either. I'm going to get the one you suggested. I guess I'll take the plunge and get the big saw. Maybe later, if I don't cut my arm off, I'll be creative and do shapes. If I disappear from Bird Board y'all call 911. I'm out in the yard bleeding.

Tell Miss Abby that she's lucky to have a nice dad to poke holes in her toys for her.

Can I order VitaCritter dye online? I do want to dye the parts. Probably more for me than the birds.

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 11:44 PM

Michelle on this board sells the vitacritter. Her name is Fortheloveofbirds I think.
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 01:57 AM

May I suggest, if you are going to be cutting a lot of blocks, try getting an electric miter saw. I use the 10 inch. It will speed up the cutting process and save a finger or two. An 18 volt cordless drill works great for drilling the holes, just keep an extra battery on the charger....LOL

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 04:49 AM

Hey, now that looks kind of cool. I guess you just push the wood and move the saw up and down? I'll bet it's expensive but I will be cutting a lot of wood. Four big birds can eat through a lot of toys in a hurry.

There are a few little household fix-er-upper things I would do if I knew how to use a saw. Like putting up crown molding. I'm good with paint and stain and I can use a hammer but I've never used a saw. Can you set that saw to cut at an angle?
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 10:21 PM

Hey, now that looks kind of cool. I guess you just push the wood and move the saw up and down? I'll bet it's expensive but I will be cutting a lot of wood. Four big birds can eat through a lot of toys in a hurry.

There are a few little household fix-er-upper things I would do if I knew how to use a saw. Like putting up crown molding. I'm good with paint and stain and I can use a hammer but I've never used a saw. Can you set that saw to cut at an angle?


It is not all that expensive, a new Ryobi 10" miter saw will run around $100 or so at Home Depot. And, yes you can cut angles and it does work great for crown molding & any kind of trim. I bought a used one for around $60 and works just as good as a new one. We have two macaws and two umbrella cockatoos and several other fids. WE GO THROUGH 2X2'S AND 2X4'S LIKE CRAZY, but than again I sell bird toys as well.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 02:10 AM

I think that might be a good idea. I'll have to find someone to give me a lesson on how to use it but I can probably do that. I'm spending a small fortune on toy parts. I'm not even sure at this point that I'm saving that much money by making them myself because the pre-cut wood shapes are expensive. And if I can learn to cut the molding myself I can for sure stain and hang it. I'm kind of excited about this now.:taz: Thanks everyone for your help!
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 02:18 AM

You are quite welcome. :thumbup1: :icon_biggrin:

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 03:39 PM

I would go for the miter saw. I use a 12 inch one. Making bird toys is just a bonus of having it. The 10 inch would be perfect for what your are buying it for. If you have a Harbor Freight Tools store close by go there. They have great prices on them. That is where mine is from. I can cut up a 2x4 in no time with it.

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 02:19 AM

I think that might be a good idea. I'll have to find someone to give me a lesson on how to use it but I can probably do that. I'm spending a small fortune on toy parts. I'm not even sure at this point that I'm saving that much money by making them myself because the pre-cut wood shapes are expensive. And if I can learn to cut the molding myself I can for sure stain and hang it. I'm kind of excited about this now.:taz: Thanks everyone for your help!


Well, it's been a couple of weeks now. I was wondering if you got your saw and if you are making progress? Please post an update. In the long run you will be saving some bucks.

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