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      Micro-Mark Discount code for IGMA   01/29/2017

      Great News for miniature artists!!!! In support of IGMA and the world of fine miniatures,  Micro-Mark the small tool specialists, have offered IGMA a 10% discount on all their purchases.  Buyer gets 10% off all purchases and in support of the Guild Micro-Mark will donate 5% of your purchased price to IGMA Be sure to enter Promo code IGMASAVE16 www.micromark.com Can be used on sale merchandise, but cannot be combined with another offer.  For example if an item is in the close-out section on the Micromark website, the discount will apply. If they discount some items in an email (a special promotion) the 10% will not be able to be combined with that offer.  Time to go shopping!!!      

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  1. Hi, can someone recommend a scroll saw? I'd like to do intricate cuts. Would I need a saw that accepts jewelers blades? I've not used a scroll saw before. Thanks!
  2. I wanted to try something a little more ambitious, so decided to make this chest from The Scale Cabinetmaker. I used a combination of walnut, red cedar, rosewood and basswood. The saw tooth carving is done on 600 micron sheet of silver oak veneer. The inlay sheet is one I picked up at Ron's when I visited Florida ages ago, but I want to try making my own inlay for future pieces. The chest has working drawers and opens and closes on a pin hinge.
  3. Miniature furniture and CNC

    Hi, I've been reading a lot about the recent interest in CNC machines and how these can be used to make miniature furniture and have found some varied points of view both for and against using such a technique. I recently decided to take the plunge and buy a Stepcraft machine and I love it! I cannot say that one can use just this machine in isolation, but if used in combination with other tools like my Preac saw and even some simple hand tools like a miter saw and and x-acto knife, one can create some decent pieces of miniature furniture. Does this technique actually save time? In general, sadly not, however, the added precision more than makes up for the extra hours spent. I would say, the time saved in the actual cutting (which is flawless) is spent in designing on the computer and figuring out new ways to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. I am relatively new at this so am hoping with time and skill this will go quicker, but every step is enjoyable and I approach it with anticipation and love, so I do not mind the extra hours spent. One thing I should mention, is it does save time for in carving and brings in a whole new level of complexity and detail to what one can accomplish. I thought of sharing with the community my recent pieces comprising a Davenport desk and an Eastlake Secretary. I'd love your feedback and comments. Thanks so much!
  4. Drawplate

    Micromark has sent me an email for their drawplate. When doweling furniture or you need a specific size dowel, has anyone found a drawplate to be useful? I think one of my mini club members mentioned purchasing a draw plate, but didn't find it easy to use. I am absolutely opposed to mini kits with glued-together, no joinery methods of assembly. Has anyone used this product? Is it designed for metal and not useful for wood? I bought the smallest dowel rods that I could find, to dowel my furniture legs, but it would be nice to have the ability to make my own. www.micromark.com Item #50330 $29.95 on sale via email offer for $20.00 It says Jeweler's draw plate, so that makes me think it is for wire, and not wood... so if this one doesn't work for wood, does anyone have a source for a micro draw plate made for wood? (I searched the forum for drawplate and draw plate, and didn't find any search results so I hope this isn't a duplicate post. Mods, If it is a duplicate post, please feel free to move the post.) Thanks - Tamra
  5. All right, the fixture challenge said it could be simple. What could be more simple than pushing a turned candlestick into a chunk of polymer clay to make a fixture for holding it as you drill? Sue from Mesa