Trimming Wooden Blinds

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by Ed_Zep, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Ed_Zep

    Ed_Zep Guest

    Can anyone recommend a way of getting a professional finish? I need to
    take 6.5cm of each side. Even taping them together and using a Bosch
    jigsaw doesn't look great.

    I don't mind paying a few quid extra by getting them done by someone
    else. I heard that B&Q do a blind cutting service, for instance.

    Thanks a lot. Ed.
     
    Ed_Zep, Aug 19, 2007
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  2. "Ed_Zep" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Can anyone recommend a way of getting a professional finish? I need to
    > take 6.5cm of each side. Even taping them together and using a Bosch
    > jigsaw doesn't look great.
    >
    > I don't mind paying a few quid extra by getting them done by someone
    > else. I heard that B&Q do a blind cutting service, for instance.
    >
    > Thanks a lot. Ed.
    >


    Presuming you mean 'Venetian blinds' with wooden slats?

    I needed to this for eleven blinds!
    I firstly laid the blinds on a solid surface and banged the ends flush with
    a batten then clamped the slats together. The operation was a bit iterative,
    clamp- align- clamp- align until it was to my satisfaction.
    Then I scribed the 'line' with a set-square and a 'Stanley' knife; trimmed
    off the ends with a hand Japanese Pull-Saw; which I find easier to cut
    'straight' than a conventional hand saw.

    The old adage; Measure twice , cut once; works 'cos you can't add a bit
    back!



    --

    Brian
     
    Brian Sharrock, Aug 19, 2007
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  3. Ed_Zep

    Ed_Zep Guest

    On Aug 19, 4:43 pm, "Brian Sharrock" <> wrote:
    > "Ed_Zep" <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    > > Can anyone recommend a way of getting a professional finish? I need to
    > > take 6.5cm of each side. Even taping them together and using a Bosch
    > > jigsaw doesn't look great.

    >
    > > I don't mind paying a few quid extra by getting them done by someone
    > > else. I heard that B&Q do a blind cutting service, for instance.

    >
    > > Thanks a lot. Ed.

    >
    > Presuming you mean 'Venetian blinds' with wooden slats?
    >
    > I needed to this for eleven blinds!
    > I firstly laid the blinds on a solid surface and banged the ends flush with
    > a batten then clamped the slats together. The operation was a bit iterative,
    > clamp- align- clamp- align until it was to my satisfaction.
    > Then I scribed the 'line' with a set-square and a 'Stanley' knife; trimmed
    > off the ends with a hand Japanese Pull-Saw; which I find easier to cut
    > 'straight' than a conventional hand saw.
    >
    > The old adage; Measure twice , cut once; works 'cos you can't add a bit
    > back!
    >
    > --
    >
    > Brian


    Thanks Brian.
     
    Ed_Zep, Aug 19, 2007
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  4. Ed_Zep

    Pete C Guest

    Hi,

    If you have a variable speed jigsaw try a decent fine tooth blade like
    a Bosch T101A0.

    cheers,
    Pete.
     
    Pete C, Aug 19, 2007
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  5. Ed_Zep

    Ed_Zep Guest

    On Aug 19, 11:53 pm, Pete C <> wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > If you have a variable speed jigsaw try a decent fine tooth blade like
    > a Bosch T101A0.
    >
    > cheers,
    > Pete.


    Thanks Pete. I think I have got one of those. Will try that as well.
     
    Ed_Zep, Aug 20, 2007
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  6. Ed_Zep

    Dave Gordon Guest

    "Brian Sharrock" <> wrote in message
    news:CyZxi.8120$...
    >
    > "Ed_Zep" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Can anyone recommend a way of getting a professional finish? I need to
    >> take 6.5cm of each side. Even taping them together and using a Bosch
    >> jigsaw doesn't look great.
    >>
    >> I don't mind paying a few quid extra by getting them done by someone
    >> else. I heard that B&Q do a blind cutting service, for instance.
    >>
    >> Thanks a lot. Ed.
    >>

    >
    > Presuming you mean 'Venetian blinds' with wooden slats?
    >
    > I needed to this for eleven blinds!
    > I firstly laid the blinds on a solid surface and banged the ends flush with a batten then clamped
    > the slats together. The operation was a bit iterative, clamp- align- clamp- align until it was to my
    > satisfaction.
    > Then I scribed the 'line' with a set-square and a 'Stanley' knife; trimmed off the ends with a hand
    > Japanese Pull-Saw; which I find easier to cut 'straight' than a conventional hand saw.


    So lots of teeth and not much kerf, to minimise splintering.
     
    Dave Gordon, Sep 15, 2007
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