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I'm not sure if my garage powertools would be enough for the task of shaping G10 Laminate. I know Bill Hayes makes the majority of his frames from the stuff.<br><br>The most similar material I've worked with is glass filled Nylon. <br><br>I've got a bandsaw, scroll saw, drill press, lathe, a large assortment of sandpaper, and a dremel with every attachment imaginable. <br><br>There are just some things that wood is not suited for. I'd like more options.
 

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G10 should respond pretty well to the tools you have. The main issue with resin-impregnated laminates is that they produce very nasty dust when sawed and sanded and extremely toxic fumes when worked with power tools. Always use a good cartridge type respirator with cartridges rated for both particles and vapors, both when working with the material and when vaccuuming up the dust.
 

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That'll have to be something to put on the essentials list, I suppose. I'm rather fond of my lungs and brain. It seems that woodcraft has a good multipurpose one for around $40 that is rated for fumes and particles.
 

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The majority of shaping I do after they're cut out and trim routed is done with simple sanding discs attached to the drill press.<br><br>With a 5 or 6 inch velcro faced pad you can pretty well do whatever you like... now, I of course use a bunch of different pads... some I've modified quite extensively to do certain things better, like the fork interiors and stuff... but if you're only doing one or two pieces then a single "soft" backer pad/disc is all you need... oh and some velcro backed papers to use on it!<br><br>Using 40 and then 80 grits for rough carving and 150 and 220 grits for finishing... you can pretty much do anything you'd like.<br><br>When finishing... Tiny imperfections to the touch can be rounded off with sanding mops.. or even sanding sponges.
 
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