A new Scrollsaw Medium - Vinyl LP's!

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Blog entry by KnotCurser posted 288 days ago 1640 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while ago I was asked to make a scrollsaw portrait of Michael Jackson for a person who loved music, so I thought about the idea of using a vinyl record as the actual medium for the cutting.

I had NO idea how this would work, so I first did a couple of practice pieces.

First, a 1 to 1 scale cutting of an old cassette tape – kind of ironic, eh?

Then I decided to do a Beatle’s cutting using the entire record (don’t worry, the label is a fake ;-)

The vinyl record cuts REALLY easily – too easily actually. You have to turn down the speed of the saw to a point where the blade doesn’t melt the cut – if it does it will fuse the kerf together.

Then I decided to do the MJ Cutting for her. Here’s what I wound up with:

I LOVE the way this turned out! I base painted the image with white spray paint and then used every can of paint on my shelf to spatter tiny dots of color onto it.

The recipient loved the work as well. She was flabbergasted, actually.

Tonight I also finished a tiny mouse. The pattern came from an old German Paper cutting I found online. This little guy is only around four inches high.

Looks really cool on the wall:

Anyway….......... I wound up finding an entire box of old LP’s at a flea market for a few dollars. Now I have a ton of material if the need arises again.

Just thought I would share the idea with all the scrollers out there!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 288 days ago

These are all absolutely wonderful! Your detail and interpretation of the original pictures is amazing to me! What a great idea and a wonderful way to expand scrolling. Great job, Bob! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 288 days ago

What an excellent idea Bob. I love the Beatles cut out and the detail in the Michael Jackson one is amazing. I have cut out in Plexiglass and had the same problem with the blade melting the cut. I found if I taped the project and added a layer of card stock on the top and bottom of the project I didn’t have the problem no matter what speed I was using.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

-- Anna

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 288 days ago

The old 78’s are usually thicker. If you find some of those at a good price, they might also make a good medium for your excellent scroll saw work. Great projects!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 288 days ago

That is a very unique idea, clever out of the box thinking.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 288 days ago

I don’t think I have ever seen a person “flabbergasted”. That might be as interesting as your work….............

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 287 days ago

Good work. I never should have gotten rid of all those old LP’s.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 287 days ago

That turned out good. I also have cut a record and I, like you, thought it was a cool medium to use. I enjoy looking at your projects.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#8 posted 287 days ago

Love that Beatles cut. Absolutely love it.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#9 posted 286 days ago

Great idea, and very well done.

-- Steve--

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