Recovery projects #4: Back at it a little bit

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 10-02-2008 03:15 AM 1516 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well – I’ve managed to get my first scroll saw project done. I’ve been off LJs for a while simply because I can’t be on the computer so much at home when I spend so much time on it at work. My neck just won’t tolerate the computer use. But that’s getting a bit better. I am now allowed to sit in a chair and move around a little bit without my neck brace and I’m allowed to sleep without it. So that’s all good. I can go about 2 hours before my neck needs the brace to give it a rest. I figure I’ll have to move into the “brace-free” lifestyle a little bit at a time.

So here are the pictures of my scroll saw project.

I think is where I left off on my last blog entry. I’m starting the make the outside cut. I chose to start at the base of the neck then move to the right. This allowed me to leave the antler’s for last.


Here shows my outline.


You can see here – I’ve cut out the majority of the outside of the elk and am working on the antlers. The first picture shows a bit of burning on the top of the antlers. This will be cut away. But I got the burning because I went a bit to fast cutting and I don’t have the right blade for this particular project.




So now everything is cut out and it’s time to take off the pattern. You’ll remember that I used a light spray adhesive to put the pattern onto the walnut. You can pick at the pattern with your fingernails and do OK getting it off. You can also use a small amount of mineral spirits to remove it, but I prefer to use a hair dryer. The heat melts the glue and the pattern peals right off.


You can see here how easily the pattern came off – almost completely in one piece.


And finally the piece. I’ve not put a finish on it yet.


And last but not least—- my biggest cheerleader—Lucy.


Hope you are all well. I’ve been lurking around and you guys sure have been a busy lot!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 10-02-2008 03:25 AM

looks good and glad to see you back. I was wandering what happened to your blog.

-- F.Little

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#2 posted 10-02-2008 03:44 AM

glad to see that you can get back to doing some work! looks great too :)

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#3 posted 10-02-2008 04:03 AM

Looking good Betsy. I’m glad that you have found some aspect of woodworking that you can get back to, it will make the healing time go faster.

One thought: Perhaps you could try a different arrangement for your monitor, where you look more down . . . or in a more comfortable position at least. Perhaps on a chair and pointing a bit up? kbd on a draw or something??? experiment. A LCD should run fine in any position, a crt I would avoid putting the back straight down, would think 45 degrees should be ok . . . . what ever you do, don’t stress your poor neck!

Heal fast!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#4 posted 10-02-2008 02:17 PM

looks great and glad to hear you are on the mend.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 10-02-2008 02:56 PM

This certainly has to be great therapy and a spirit lifter after all you have been through.

Don’t over do it!!


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

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