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I'm building the Endeavour (Artesania Latina, 1:60). The cut-out outline of parts in manzonia are virtually impossible to extract. The outline cuts are only superficial so I have had to resort to different methods to try to free them. I have tried everything e.g. Stanley (box) knife, chisel, coping saw etc. but the wood always breaks along the grain. Is this a common occurrence? Any suggestions.



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Or (but you can only do that when the backside is out of sight, or should be painted), use woodglue to stick a piece of paper to the backside, instead of the masking tape.

One other that worked fo me (but I did - nicely aligned and square - windows in a tugboat) is to use a very thin drill to mark the endpoints of the cut, and place a second cut on the backside of the wood.

And try using a small as possible knife. I like the swan morton no 11 blade. Designed a a surgical knife, sharp enough to separate your fingertips from where they belong, but also very, very thin at the tip.



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