Step 4: Let's Saw Your Beautiful Rupee in Half!
Tools Needed for this Section:
> Scroll Saw or Bandsaw with a small blade
> Sandpaper (100, 150, 180 grit)
Materials Needed for this Section:
> Rupee Box from Step 3
> Safety Glasses
The next step is to cut in perfectly horizontal line across your new Rupee. I must admit that this was the hardest part for me since I had just spent 3 hours grinding away to make a beautiful piece and I was about to cut it in half! I decided rather than cutting my Rupee box equally across the middle that I would cut it asymmetrically to give me more room to add in ring-mounting foam later. However, I probably could have gotten away with cutting it in half.
To begin, use your ruler to draw a line across the square region of your Rupee, as indicated on the diagram above. I recommend using a scroll saw to make this cut because the thin blade will not remove a significant amount of material during the cutting process. After you've split your Rupee Box into two pieces, give the entire box a good sanding to smooth things out. Start with 100 grit and work your way up to 180 grit sandpaper.