A friend and customer of mine asked me to make her a plaque that was designed by Keith Fenton at Shelia Landry Designs. It is SLDK-317 which is the quote from Joshua 25:15. She said that the finish had to be a specific color to match her new wooden floor. I met her at a local wood store and we look at examples but she could not understand that the wood would look different when stain, oil and finish were applied. She ask me if I could use some of the pieces of the left over flooring as (she said) it is real wood. So I agreed to try.
She gave me four pieces of her flooring. I wanted to do a test cut for several reasons. First I have a new Excalibur scroll saw and I wanted a little more practice on it. I cut a butterfly pattern with no problems. However when I drilled the holes for the fret cuts I noticed something strange. The back of the wood was splintering. It was only then that I realized I had Baltic Burch plywood with some type of finish on top. However the butterfly came out just perfect. So I am off to the large pattern.
It took three pieces of flooring to make a blank of the right size for the plaque. At first I cut the outside of the plaque and then the large latters of the work “LORD” with no problems. Next I cut the small frets at the bottom and still no problems. However when I started on the word “Joshua” I hit a big problem with the “O” In fact the small center broke out. I still continued on but had a problem with the “H” and decided to stop. I told the customer that I would not be able to use her flooring. She was fine and said for me to just go and find wood and what ever I needed to make her plaque and it would be fine.
Sitting and thinking I said, not I did not have problems with the butterfly, why with the plaque. Only then I realized that the flooring strips had grooves on the back and when the saw blade went across the was when the problem happened. At least that is my theory as of this morning. I filled all of the groves with wood filler and will sand it smooth and give a try this morning.
Has anyone else has any experience with scroll cutting flooring material that is Baltic Birch plywood? If so what was your experience and results. I hope to present a finished product by first of the week.
-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.