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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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It's taken me a while to finally get it done but the scrolling end of this job is complete. Hopefully it only gets easier from here. Outside boarder was cut with my 14" PC bandsaw. The inside was cut with my craftsman scroll saw. Since this was my first piece feel free to critique it. As with my signs I used a vinyl stencil to follow. I plan on doing a full color background and some lettering to be glued in as well.


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Looks pretty good for your first attempt, Dan. I'm sure you are aware that choosing the right wood for the project is critical. And since this was your first scroll saw job, you probably chose a piece of wood that was "not so good" in case things didn't turn out so well. But other than that, I don't see anything wrong with your work.

I do wonder why you went to the trouble of using vinyl for your pattern though. A simple photo copy of the pattern, attached with spray adhesive, is much quicker, easier and cheaper.

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Welcome to the world of scrolling. Really looks nice in the cutting. As Jim said, choice of wood is critical. I would be concerned about the knot in the hanging moss above the boy coming loose and making the project look bad. But I do think for your first cutting it looks good. Thanks for sharing.

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I agree. Good job for your first attempt. Also would suggest using paper patterns. You can get a ton of them from I've been scrolling for years. Some of my work can be seen at PawPawsWorkshop at etsy Keep up the good work and let us see more when it's complete.
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Correction to above post.
I agree. Good job for your first attempt. Also would suggest using paper patterns. You can get a ton of them from Free4All Scroll Saw Patterns - Index

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Great result from first attempt, Dan.

As a matter of interest, what size blade did you use in the band saw?

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Good first attempt, Dan. I would second using a paper pattern, probably cheaper too. Everybody has their own way of adhering the pattern to the wood. I glue it directly. Others might use some blue painters tape first. Some use clear packing tape or even clear contact paper. You'll find what works best for you. As for choice of wood, if it's going to be painted, maybe basswood or poplar. Baltic Birch plywood is also good for scrolling. But not the stuff from the big box stores, too many voids in the plys.

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Great result from first attempt, Dan.

As a matter of interest, what size blade did you use in the band saw?
James I used the stock blade that came with it.... and the scroll saw for the small arch on top. As far as the paper patterns, yes they are cheaper however when you have the amount of scrap vinyl laying around that I do most would end up being wasted and it may not seem like it from the pic but its 11x16". I would rather have a one piece stencil rather than lining up panels to tac down and trace. I took this picture from a scrolling book of my grandfathers that was passed down, scanned it into my computer and had my vinyl cutter make the outline for me. technology is wonderful thing. I must admit I do prefer drawing my stencils first and using carbon paper. Im kind of opposite when it comes to old school to new school. I learned to use the technology before I was able and good enough to create original stuff.

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Nice job, James. The image looks vintage. Reminds me of a Norman Rockwell painting.
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