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I am asked quite frequently about tools that I use. With the Christmas season coming upon us I thought I might help Santa out and share some tools I have used through out my 15 years as well as new tools I have discovered. 

After using the Micro-mark mini hand jigsaw for 7 years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to try out a new jigsaw. the Minicraft MB5481. I am going to give you my honest opinion about both of them. First though I must qualify my statements by saying I never had the Gourd cross saw from micro mark but have the little mini hand jigsaw from Micro Mark. I cut the flap off so I could see as I cut, they then came out with the Gourd Cross. I will put the link up for Micro Mark but not the tool itself due to them changing the link on me several times. So here is the Link to Micro-Mark and you can look up gourd cross saw if you are interested. http://www.micromark.com/

 The website for the Minicraft is  http://www.minicrafttools.com/ and the link to the tool is http://www.minicrafttools.com/kits.html  the cost for the kit is $99.95 and this includes the saw, transformer, extra blades all in a case. You can get all the information you need from that link.

On the next few pages you will see me using each tool and I will give you my feelings about them both.

Left the Micro-mark tool,  right the Minicraft MB5481

As you see above the saw is bigger and so is the blade.

The blade changes the same on both.

They both use a transformer that is adjustable speed. I find I am ALWAYS using the high speed.

The guiding plate can be adjusted to cut at slants. This is VERY useful.

I am going to do my public service announcement here and say....first you see me in the kitchen ...this is for picture purposes, I do my cutting OUTSIDE and ALWAYS with a mask and goggles. PLEASE be safe. Cutting and sanding a few times will not be a big deal for you. A sneeze here and there and you will think, oh this is no big deal,  but Gourd dust OVER TIME will cause sinus infections and maybe more, and YES I know this from experience.

I prick the gourd using an exacto - knife

What I like about the minicraft tool is the POWER!!!! This has so much more power then the mini hand jigsaw. I was able to cut THICK gourds I Never would have considered cutting with the other tool.

Here I am cutting the gourd with a flat guiding plate

Here I adjusted it to a slant and I am cutting at a slant.

 

The Minicraft MB5481 all comes with a case.

See other tools I use as well as the positives and negatives (in my opinion) of each tool on page 2

 

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