A House Warming Gift #1: Beginning

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 03-29-2009 03:05 AM 1416 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The gift is going to be a small wooden sign reading “Debbie’s Place”, in Cursive lettering, on an Oval Back.
Gotta begin at the beginning, with lettering! Happily, I have Stencils of Written or Cursive style letters, this time I’m going with the one inch size. I’ve gathered what I can think of that I’ll need, though not likely everything. Ready to begin.Signs
Now there’s probably a few who will get a laugh out of doing it this way, but it works as good as any, and did work long before the advent of computers….or electricity for that matter! I trace the letters that I’ll need onto a LINED sheet. Signs
The letters on the stencil are in the correct orientation so when I transferred them, I was careful to line up the paper and stencil edges Parallel to one another to maintain that orientation. The lines of the paper are going to help immensely on the next step. By the way, I can’t go any farther without mentioning how immensely important it is to remember to insert the Carbon Paper in it’s proper place! If I’ve done this once, I’ve done it a thousand times and I still forget sometimes LOL. Did it on this one, twice!
Anyway, I’m not going to bore you with the grisly details of the Cutting and Pasting (or in this case taping), but the letters are cut out and affixed to yet another sheet of paper on which I’ve ruled a single line to use as a bottom of the letter line, leveled by the leftover lines on the letters, and matched by following the natural flow of the letters. I always end up standing when I do this it seems to make it easier.
In a little while I end up with thisSigns
There’s a trick I’ve been pulling on these repeated tracings. I could see on the stencil that because I’m using such small lettering, there is no way I’d be able to get a Drill Bit the size I need down through some of the swirls in the letters, like the top-most loop in the b or l. I’m always using Pinned Scroll Saw Blades and need a fairly good sized access hole. So what I’m doing on each successive tracing is enlarging those places that need it, a little, by tracing on the outside of those places. In effect, they’re growing…
There was one other “trick” I learned, actually from a visit to the Emergency Room. Hospitals use a lot of tape, and not only of the red kind! I couldn’t help but notice that they set themselves up, so that short pieces of tape are readily available. It makes the taping up of these tiny letters a lot easier too!Signs
So after transferring them once more onto a single sheet I have my patterns. It takes a while to do, about two hours in this case, but it’s actually kind of fun and a good way to spend some quiet time planning another day’s work…. Michael C.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 05:29 PM

Hay Mike—now you need to build the oval making jig that I posted on my blog.

-- Mike --

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 01:24 PM

Mike: On the “Pin blades” you can grind both sides of the pins and they will fit thru a smaller hole. I did this for years before I bought a “no-pin saw”.

And next go to “Seyco” on line and look at the letter sets, they may seem $$$ but you will get your money back in no time – no I don’t work for them. But they are great to work with fast service.


-- Vince,Winter Park,Fl

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#3 posted 05-14-2009 01:02 AM

good start

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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