I just was not sure where to put this information as it is not a review of a particular tool, a project, or even part of my regular blog. So, I just decided to start a new blog that will be updated and I try new things that are not any of the things listed above.
For instance, the first thing I want to tell you about is the tip that I used in my latest project the Purse Hook Kit. Unfortunately I still cannot remember where I got this tip so I can not give the credit that is due for it. So if the person who provided this tip on the many sites and or woodworking emails I get reads this. First let me thank you and second please identify yourself. In the mean time I will continue to look through things and see if I can find out where I got this tip.
The Tip: Use Adhesive Shelving Paper to Attach Scroll Saw Patterns to Your Project
I like this tip, and of course used it. But also had some issues that I would like to bring up. They are not serious issues, I just think that someone else may want to know these things before trying this tip.
The cost (not an issue just information) is about $5 to $6 for a roll at WalMart.
The first issue, cutting the paper to size. If you are cheap like me then for one, you want to make sure you do not waste anything. But due to the size of this paper, you can wind up with a strip about 2 inches in width and when you are talking about a roll that is 18” wide and 6 feet long (not sure about the length), you get what I consider quite a lot of waste. Although to be fair, I was able to use this strip with some effort. I first taped it down to a flat surface, then placed tracing paper on top of it and traced a small pattern onto it. In any case, you do you have to find a location or way of dealing with this roll as you measure and cut it to the size of a standard 8.5 X 11 inch sheet of paper. Which can get aggravating.
The second issue, printing or ink smearing. First I should point out, I do not think it would be a good idea to put this paper through a laser printer because of the heat. I am not sure what would happen but I can not see it coming out good. But it does go through an ink jet or at least my HP4740 ink jet printer fairly well. But you do have to pay attention to how the paper feeds through and is printed on in the printer. In my case, the paper is inserted with the white side down, so that when it comes through the printer, the pattern is printed on the white vinyl. Second be careful when handling the paper right out of the printer. The pattern lines will smudge easily. Plus if you are printing several pages, print one, remove it from the tray and set it aside to dry and then print the next. The smudges are not horrible, the pattern is still usable. But if you like clean lines this can be an issue for you.
Be sure to keep the paper away from heat. It is vinyl after all and thin, so a little heat will have a devastating effect on the paper. Curling up and distorting. Hence, the reason I would not try this in a laser printer.
You get a removable pattern that does not leave behind adhesive or any residue that has to be sanded off or removed some how. It is relatively cheap, and easy to use. The backing separates relatively easily, which is a plus for me. I hate removing backing from certain things. Plus it stays put. I have struggled at times using a spray adhesive to affix a pattern, only to have missed an area (which is always in the most difficult cuts) and have the pattern raise on me while trying to make the cut. Plus using your color printer and a good graphics program, you can change the color of lines or fills so that they are easier to see or for what ever reason you have for using different colors other then shades of gray and black.
Dealing with the roll while trying to cut out the sheets of paper. Plus you have to cut out either a full 8.5 X 11 or whatever your printer can handle. This can be a little frustrating. But with practice it gets easier, and the upsides kind of make it worth the effort.
It is easy to smudge the pattern, and this can be an issue.
Well I hope I covered it all. If you have any other concerns or questions about using this tip, let me know and I will answer as soon as I can.
Best Wishes from the Man in the Can!
-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina