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COFFEE STIRRERS
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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2017 10:09 am
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William M
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Many modellers use these for scratch building.   I recently had a box of them delivered and they proved to thinner than usual..  I started to "woodgrain" them using a fine saw blade dragged down them about four times.  I found that they curled slightly afterwards. :!:I then dragged the blade 3 or 4  times down the other side of the stick..it cured the slight curl and the stick became straight again...Odd but it worked  (maybe because the stirrers were thinner than the usual types and they seem  unwaxed as well). 
Wonder how they turn out when used as a master for a project in  a silicon  rubber molding......?:w:

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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2017 10:19 am
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FWIW there are also tongue depressors, wider and stronger, but basically the same thing.
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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2017 11:06 am
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Yes..have a box of those as well.  They cut great with a scalpel.  Very useful for large scale planking!! :P
The stirrers I have, by the way, are only  3mm wide 2mm thick and I have seen thinner and longer (with square ends) in a supermarket coffee shop.

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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2017 04:14 pm
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Remember that if you got a MASTER AIRSCREW BALSA STRIPPER (available at hobby shops carrying model planes and very expensive at under $7 USD), you can cut your own balsa and basswood strips from boards very easily...any size you want. I have one that I have used for over 10 years and it still does the job.
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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2017 05:16 pm
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Best $10 I ever spent for the hobby, for a box of 1000 of these. I used them to make this structure, which I think cost me less than $25 total, even with the door castings:



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 Posted: Wed May 3rd, 2017 07:24 pm
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Good scratch there Lee...

Re the balsa stripper. Have had one for 30 years! went thro' 1/4 inch balsa like a knife through butter when I was aero modelling!



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