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Reply #21 - Oct 27th, 2015 at 10:14am
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Very nice setup!  Well done.   Smiley
  

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Reply #20 - Oct 27th, 2015 at 5:02am
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Here is a jig I recently created for my Master Airscrew balsa stripper. It has been working great for me.

The blade is set up for me, a lefty. I feed the wood through the blade with my left hand while holding the wood against the fence with my right, using two fingers, one on each side of the blade. I have been setting the blade about 1/32" off the base surface, and so have to pass the balsa through the blade twice to make a complete cut.

The base and fence pieces are scrap from woodworking projects past. I'm sure that 3/4" pine (or other types of wood) would work just as well for a base and the fence pieces, provided the surfaces that the balsa touch are sanded and finished to produce a nice smooth surface for the balsa to glide over.

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Reply #19 - Nov 16th, 2014 at 6:39pm
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I use a picture matte cutter to strip longer (30") pieces.  For the shorter pieces I use the small stripper sold on websites.  The matte cutter cuts a perfect strip every time.  I can strip up to 1/4" thick.  It can even cut at a 45 degree angle if needed.  Works perfect!!
  
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Reply #18 - Apr 5th, 2014 at 7:22pm
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Bargle, between yours and cdwebbs home made stripper l may ask the two of you to come up with a working drawing so that l could build my own (l love home made and old tools).

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Reply #17 - Apr 5th, 2014 at 6:57pm
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I made my own following the basic idea of someone else I saw somewhere on the 'net. It uses a double edge razor blade and a set of spacers for each size. They're held by 2 screws that pass through the stamped holes in the blade. The piece of wood just behind the screws covers the blade so I don't cut myself on the upper edge. Wood is slid along against the fence from left to right in the picture.  In practice, I hold the stripper in my left hand against my stomach with cutter side out. I then feed the wood through from my right to my left. The box serves as a storage area for the spacers and screwdriver bit. It does a good, but not great, job. It's one of those tools I use on just about every build.
  

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Reply #16 - Mar 29th, 2014 at 11:32am
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Home-made Balsa Stripper (video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOx_UhEqJ9c
  
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Reply #15 - Mar 29th, 2014 at 9:53am
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David, l am in the same boat and if you could find those videos l would appreciate the effort. Those  home made tools usually work better than the store bought type.


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Reply #14 - Mar 29th, 2014 at 7:39am
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I have a real weakness for tools and a real shortage of finances to purchase them.

For stripping long sheets, I mostly use what most everybody else does - the Master Airscrew. But for the shorter stuff, (12" and less) these little things work VERY well. I found these on a Youtube video, I think. They use a 1/2 of a double edge razor blade set at a near 45 degree angle. Put each one together in under 10 minutes and built from scrap. I use them ALL the time!
  

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Reply #13 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 10:36pm
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"Ditto" what Terry said.

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Reply #12 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 10:08pm
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Keithhs wrote on Mar 27th, 2014 at 9:58pm:
Thank you for the nice remarks...I am a hobby machinist. I retired from construction management. I enjoy making tools as much as I enjoy building planes...I make lots of minature tools...here are a few of them..

So we could sent you our broken a/c for repairs?  Smiley

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Reply #11 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 9:58pm
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Thank you for the nice remarks...I am a hobby machinist. I retired from construction management. I enjoy making tools as much as I enjoy building planes...I make lots of minature tools...here are a few of them..
  

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Reply #10 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 3:55pm
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Dave, thanks for the tip it all makes sense now and my wood will be more uniform.

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Reply #9 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 3:08pm
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Thanks Dave,
I learned something today...makes it a good day!!! Smiley
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Reply #8 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 2:49pm
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The adjustment screw on the 'Master Airscrew' Balsa stripper is a # 10 by 32tpi bolt.
#10 refers to the diameter. 32tpi refers to the 'threads per inch'.
Every FULL turn of the screw/bolt is 1/32".
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Reply #7 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 11:04am
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I found this reference to the McLeod balsa stripper, answered some questions of "How to Use" for me.  I see the original had a block for feeding the balsa through the stripper which the A2Z authorized McLeod stripper didn't include.  I'm going to make a block for my stripper.  I think this will improve my success with this new stripper. 
Dan McLeod Balsa Stripper

Keithhs stripper looks very good.  I envy those with the skills and equipment to produce such tools!!! Smiley

Well Done Keithhs!
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