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How do I safely bandsaw small project parts?

Q:

My jewelry box plans require me to bandsaw some small parts that would bring my fingertips close to the blade. Is there a safe way to bandsaw small parts?
—Shirley Anderson, Rockford, Ill.

A:

Double-face-tape the blank for your curved part to a larger scrap of plywood or MDF, Shirley. Then hold the scrapwood guide as you bandsaw the curved piece to shape, as shown. This keeps your fingers safely away from the blade and gives you much more control over the workpiece as you guide it through the blade.

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