Before I could glue down the apron I needed to cut out the letters of the compass and get them inlaid in the Black Oak tiles. The last time I used a scroll saw was in high school for my guitar but I recently just got an Excalibur 21 thanks to a friend at General International. Theres no better way to learn than to do so I drew up the letters that I wanted and ordered the wood I thought would look best from Cookwoods.com. At first I was going to use Claro Walnut but the blank ended up to small so then I ended up choosing a beautiful piece of Shedua.
I resawed up the Sedua into 5/16 thick squares and glued them to 12in thick Baltic Birch Plywood.
I then attached copies of my drawing onto the blanks.
I started with the North and began cutting…
I do use Bostiks Dricote on my Scrollsaw blades and I get zero burning!
I used Titebond II to glue the letter in and because it was my first the kerf was much wider than I wanted.
On to the East…
You can get the pen at Mcfeelys.com.
I won’t bore you with more pictures of me cutting the rest out, I will just show the end result. I did get better and better the more I cut.
With those letters done I could start gluing the apron down. Again I am using Bostik Vapor Lok
The glue takes about 24 hours to cure. Since it is a moisture cure urethane it can cure much faster when there is more moisture in the air.
More to follow…
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate