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Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #8: Lesson 4: Pattern Transfer

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Blog entry by MyChipCarving posted 03-15-2011 01:53 AM 6293 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Lesson 3: Pattern Development, Part 2 Part 8 of Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares series Part 9: Lesson 4: Proper Technique »

Lesson 4: Pattern Transfer

The goal of pattern transfer has got to be to get the pattern on the wood as quickly, easily, and accurately as possible. That should be our goal.

In this video I’ll show you three methods for pattern transfer.
The first two methods work fine and I used them exclusively for many years. But they are slower, more difficult, and not as accurate as the third method – which is using the Pattern Transfer Tool.

I suppose you can tell which method I prefer and use all the time :-).

Watch this video and see if you agree:

Next Lesson: Proper Technique

Marty Leenhouts
My Chip Carving
866-444-6996

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996



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Rustic

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 02:47 AM

would an officejet printer work?

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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MyChipCarving

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 03:03 AM

Sorry to say, but an inkjet printer of any kind will NOT work.
A toner-based image is required when using the Pattern Transfer Tool, which means laser printer or photocopied pattern.
The good news is that my black and white laser printer only cost about $70! (Brother HL-2140)
It beats the snot outta my old ink jet printers!

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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BigTiny

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 01:14 PM

You could probably use your wife’s clothes iron in place of the transfer tool, providing she doesn’t catch you. Since all it will contact is the back of the paper, it won’t harm the iron.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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MyChipCarving

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 01:40 PM

The Pattern Transfer Tool gets much hotter than my wife’s iron (which is totally off limits, by the way :-)
Also, the size of the tip works perfectly on all kinds of carving projects, large and small.
That’s been my experience with it. Pretty slick.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 02:31 PM

If you are like me and have an ink jet printer you can use it to copy your pattern. I then go to the local library which has a splendid Xerox printer which makes copies for .10 apiece. I have found that almost all libraries have these printers available.

-- Cubie

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gpastor

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 03:58 PM

Do you have any videos on carving numbers and letters? I love you web site, a lot of cool lay out tools that could be used in other types of woodworking. That Magnifier Swing-Arm Lamp at $32.95 is a good buy

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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MyChipCarving

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 04:02 PM

Hi Gpastor,
Yes, I do have a video lesson on carving letters and numbers. This is a much requested lesson.
Adding lettering and numbers to our projects really personalizes it and makes it a true keepsake.
This lesson is one found in the Platinum Member Video Vault, along with many more.
CLICK HERE to sign up and open the Vault!

866-444-6996 if you’d rather sign up on the phone.

Marty

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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gpastor

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 09:01 PM

Thanks Marty, Willl this type of caving work on hard maple? I woud like to carv the year in the edge (of the top) of a work bench I am building see my blog http://lumberjocks.com/gpastor/blog/21530
Gerry

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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MyChipCarving

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#9 posted 03-15-2011 11:11 PM

Gerry,
Carving the year in hard maple is possible, but not with the tools and techniques I’ll be showing you in this class. You’d need to use chisels when carving in hard maple.
btw, nice looking workbench.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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rich2008

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#10 posted 03-16-2011 07:50 PM

Marty;

I don’t know if anyone has addressed this, but are we to put a finish ( shellac/ topcoat) on our squares before we mail them in? I was just wondering if you were going to stain them all to match, or just attach them to the frame board as we send them in.

Thanks..
Rich

-- Rich, Mississippi Gulf Coast

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MyChipCarving

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#11 posted 03-16-2011 08:12 PM

Hi Rich,
I will be teaching the finishing process in an upcoming lesson here on LJ.
Save any squares you carve and then you can finish them all at the same time when this lesson is posted.
And, yes, you will be finishing them before sending them to me for our project.
And…they won’t all be finished the same way. I’ll be letting you pick a finishing method that works best for you.
Stay tuned!

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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Chipaway

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#12 posted 03-16-2011 08:58 PM

The pattern transfer tool is great. ( I bought one from Marty a few weeks ago.) To me, it’s much more efficient and accurate than the other methods. I usually do my patterns twice as large as the final item I want to carve, using a fine point rollerball pen. Then I reduce it by 50% when I copy and transfer it. The lines are very fine on the final.

Now if I could just learn to cut on those lines…...

-- Ron, Gainesville, Georgia, http://www.HandCarvedPlates.com

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Cubie

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#13 posted 03-17-2011 06:57 PM

Marty,

I’m not sure if the photo will upload as I’m new to photobucket. I am showing the practice carve of the first quarter of my design. The carving is very rough (it is a practice one), but was done mainly to see if the design when carved out would look alright. It’s going to take a lot more care than went into the practice, but I think it will work. I’ve never used my stab knife before and I obviously need some more practice with it before the final. Any way it’s been fun so far.

!http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd376/cubered/IMG_0433.jpg

-- Cubie

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#14 posted 03-17-2011 07:30 PM

(Add an exclamation mark before and after the image address)

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

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MyChipCarving

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#15 posted 03-17-2011 08:05 PM

Very good start, Cubie. You are wise to practice first.
thanks for posting your picture!

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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