Step 4: Let's Saw Your Beautiful Rupee in Half!

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Tools Needed for this Section:

> Scroll Saw or Bandsaw with a small blade
> Sandpaper (100, 150, 180 grit)
> Pencil
> Ruler

Materials Needed for this Section:

> Rupee Box from Step 3

Protective Equipment:

> 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.