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so i am getting bored of just drilling 1 inch holes for my soundholes and want to try some f holes. it seems using a coping saw is a pain in hte ass unless i want to take the box lid off, i tried using an exacto knife, and it worked, but it also took me for ever to cut the holes out. anyone got any advice?
Hi Jim, I did my first f holes this week and like many here said I drilled the end holes then I had success with dremel and small files. I am pleased so far.
I'm sure a scroll saw works great, but you have to remove the lid to use one. I've had good results with a jigsaw, using a fine blade made for curved cuts. You may need to finish the tightest curves with a coping saw or exacto. Cover the sole plate on the saw with some cardboard so it does not beat up the box! Then you can cut w/o removing box lid, provided of course that the box is deep enough to allow full stroke of the blade.
Somebody just posted some real nice f hole templates in the photo section too.
Now that I think of it, I guess it just depends on the box if you have to remove the lid or not to use scroll saw.