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Scrolled Wooden Puzzles #1: Alligator and grasshopper

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Blog entry by Allison posted 07-22-2008 02:20 AM 2424 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the plate of my Scroll saw. What I am going to do for this project is I am going to cover it with a couple sheets of white paper and a playing card. I have a couple of reasons for this. First is I don’t want any small pieces I will be cutting to fall through. Which in actuality there is not small pieces per say, rather the little ends of the “puzzle pieces” . The tabs that I do not want to break…..
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So this is now taped on the scroll saw table just for this project .
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Now you can see where I placed a small hole to feed my blade through.The reasoning behind the card and not just paper is, it is a waxed card and therefore a little more supportive. I will “hear”and or “feel” if I feed the wood to fast and hit the card. With these puzzles I will try to explain how important it is to have your blade square and your table level .
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So I am now “leveling” my table. Besides the fact that this particular scroll saw has a tilting table and because of the wear and tear I have laid on this particular saw I have to make double sure that it is level and it is going to stay that way!
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Then this is the way I square it. Believe it or not I use a real square all the time but the hubby has them all down in the basement he is working on. LOL!!
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This is the beginning of my tutorial of cutting puzzles and here are the two I am making. An alligator and a grasshopper.
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Photobucket As you can see I have placed packing tape on top of the wood first. Then I use spray adhesive to place the puzzle patterns on TOP of the packing tape. I used a 1/16 and a 1/8 drill bit for my starter holes. It may also look as if I am wasting a big piece of wood, but I am not, because I mainly do intarsia and with intarsia there is not a whole lot that of wood that will be wasted and I do make a lot of trees and such out of green poplar.Also to be able to hold on to a bigger chunk of wood is easier to cut when it comes to making these puzzles or (anything little for that matter) I don’t quite understand this wood as it does not feel like a hard wood going through my bandsaw or scroll saw but it seems to burn quicker than any wood I have worked with so far. That is why the packaging tape is a must do (in my opinion) for this type of wood.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!



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Roper

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#1 posted 07-22-2008 06:24 AM

i love your patterns and my have to use them for a gift for my daughter. thanks for the tip about the packing tape i will try and use on my next photo puzzle.i was also wonder how thick your stock is?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#2 posted 07-22-2008 06:37 AM

Great tips, Allison!

Thanks

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-23-2008 02:25 PM

Very cool idea. Allison do you have a PDF file of the Templete? I would like to make a pair of these for the church daycare that recently gacv

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 07-28-2008 04:00 PM

yippee… an indepth tutorial on doing scrollwork!!!
thank you; thank you; thank you.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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