Tips and Other Stuff #2: Update to using contact paper to apply scrollsaw and other patterns

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Blog entry by cmckerliesr posted 06-09-2011 02:40 PM 4996 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You know I just hate it when find out that I have not done or tried everything to make something work. In this case if you remember. I had previously posted a tip for using shelving or contact paper to stick patterns especially scroll saw patterns to wood.

Well a couple of days ago I got my usual WoodWorkers Guild of America newsletter. Which if you do not get this newsletter I suggest signing up for it. At the bottom of the newsletter I saw “Intarsia Pattern Tip” done by Joni VanDusartz. I don’t know Joni, but am always looking at anything to do with patterns and I have a desire to try Intarsia one day. So I watched the video and by the end of it I was like “Daaahhhhhh!”

Which was followed by a few obligatory smacks to the head.

Joni demonstrates using contact paper for applying patterns to Intarsia projects. The dah moment came when she sprayed adhesive on the contact or shelving paper and glued the printed pattern onto the contact paper. Then she cut it out, and applied the contact paper to the wood.

Well of course doing this eliminates the smudging problem I spoke about in my last blog entry about this tip. Since the pattern is printed on regular paper, the ink from the ink jet printer is not just sitting on top of the contact paper (never fully drying) and smudging as you try to make your cuts.

Even though this was a dah moment for me, I was also glad that I ran across this as I am a real fan of using the contact paper. It is cheap, it removes easily from your project without leaving a residue behind which would make you have to try to sand it off. Plus as Joni points out too. You can reposition the pattern a number of times. It gives your chance to look at the pattern and the wood and decide if that really is where you want the pattern to lay.

So with all that said. I am sure Joni will never see this, but just in case. Thank you for the dah moment and also thank you to WoodWorkers Guild of America for including that video in your latest newsletter.

From now on, I will be gluing my patterns to the contact paper and then after some trimming of the paper I will using the contact paper to affix my patterns to my work piece.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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