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Chapter 3. BallistaMail > Foreign Words: Fabricating the Epizygis and Modiolus - Pg. 86

Ballista Mail robust than a jeweler's saw, but the blade is still narrow enough to let you cut in close quarters. They get the job done as long as you remember to change the blade frequently. [Figure 03.54] Mark your cut lines carefully with a scribing tool, and make the cuts; precision isn't super essential, as long as you stay inside the lines when you're sawing. That said, the closer you are to the lines, the less metal you'll have to remove with needle files after the fact. Lop off the corners of the hex head first to open up the holes; then, make the angled cuts. Finish shaping the ratchet with files or a dremel, then polish out any tool marks with emery cloth. You can buff up a mirror finish on the entire surface of the component if you want, but it'll be a time- consuming proceedure. [Figure 03.55] To put the issue of brasswork surface preparation and buffing in perspective, Figure 03.56 provides a look at most of the brass componentry of BallistaMail. A dozen ¼-20 acorn nuts aren't pictured. That, campers, is a prodigious amount of metal to polish: