Large Bible Passage Plaques

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Project by Keith Fenton posted 10-10-2014 02:46 AM 2259 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project (The one shown in the first picture) was my prototype for a series of patterns that I have started designing.

In the past, when designing word art patterns, I have always been limited in how much I can fit on one board before either the board gets too big to swing around on the scroll saw, or the words get too small to cut. I personally feel that anything longer than 16” is just not fun to cut and actually prefer a bit smaller than that. Also, in the other dimension, I don’t like to ever make a project that requires larger than a 10” wide board when using hardwood and I actually try to stay under 8” as much as I can.

I’ve had it in mind for a while now to try and come up with a nice way to do larger sectional word art projects that are relatively easy to cut, as well as straightforward to assemble. I had several ideas for joining the sections but this is the method that I settled on since it is very easy and I think it looks great.

First step, of course, is to cut each individual section on the scroll saw. I use ~3/8” thick maple. I also cut 1-1/4” wide strips from the same maple to use at the slats in the back, as well as a small rectangular block to go behind the uppermost plaque in order to attach a hanger.

Each plaque also has a 1/8” plywood backer that I cut from Baltic birch. The backers are slightly smaller than the plaques so that the edges don’t have to match up perfectly.

The slat pieces and the backers were painted. I chose a dark brown DecoArt Americana color called Asphaltum.

I actually varnish the backers and the back of the plaques before gluing anything so that I can spray into the fretwork from the backside and get better coverage. It’s not perfect, but it allows me to spray in there better than if I had just done it from the front. Once all that paint and varnish is dry, I glue the backers onto each section.

Once the backers are glued on, I then needed a way to line up and also to space the individual sections evenly. To do this, I used some straight edged wood on either side of the assembly, and I used some 1/4” dowels in between each section as you can see in the photo below. (You need a nice flat surface for this to work.)

Once everything is set up like this, I can push in both directions onto the assembly and the sections line up quite nicely.

I marked my locations for the slat pieces and glued them in place on the back.

Finally I glued the block that would hold the hanger onto the uppermost section.

I was very happy with the result, and I plan to design a lot of these. As I mentioned in the beginning, this project was a prototype and I wound up changing one of the sections a little in the final design for my pattern as you can see in the second photo in the gallery. So far, I only have those three patterns available, but I plan to design another batch over the next couple weeks because it seems that people are liking them. I am also expecting to do many non-religious ones as well so that everyone can enjoy them!

Thanks for looking!

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 02:54 AM

I like the way you have segmented these pieces to fit the whole passage. Love the fonts. A very beautiful project.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Keith Fenton

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#2 posted 10-10-2014 02:58 AM

Thank you , Anna. I really like that these designs let me play with so many different fonts and experiment with all sorts of effects and ideas. I hope I can keep coming up with new ideas as I design more like this.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 04:59 AM

Nice work Keith!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 05:15 AM

Very nice work and original. You have a lot of patience to spend what must be a lot of time to create one of these. Well done!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 12:35 PM

These have got to be my favorite patterns I’ve seen in a while!

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#6 posted 10-10-2014 12:46 PM

really nice scroll work, such a steady hand, im sure with whatever the signs say, there will be something for someone, the wholw design method was thought out in a good way, enjoy making them, and i hope they do well for you.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 10-10-2014 01:25 PM

Mine too, Leldon! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Keith Fenton

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#8 posted 10-10-2014 01:31 PM

Thank you guys.

Ron – I don’t find that this took a whole lot of patience to cut at least. Through most of the cutting, I felt like I was moving along at a good pace, although the second section did take quite a while to cut. Also, because this is done in sections, you get a feeling of accomplishment after you finish each section. I find cutting intricate ornaments to be more tedious because you spend so much time in such a small area.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#9 posted 10-10-2014 08:05 PM

Great work!

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#10 posted 10-10-2014 10:27 PM


-- Dave, from Canada,

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#11 posted 10-11-2014 12:53 AM

Beautiful work

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#12 posted 10-11-2014 03:28 AM

Very nice! Do you sand all the cuts? I’m doing a Colonial Looking Glass and thought I was special, but that is something else.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#13 posted 10-11-2014 03:34 AM

No Matt, I only sanded the front and back with and orbital sander after cutting which removed nearly all of the fuzzies that were left (there weren’t that many). Sometimes there will be a few little pieces in the fretwork that I clean with a small knife or sanding stick. Plywood can be messier, but with hardwood I don’t find there is ever much left after sanding the front and back. Reverse-tooth blades help a little too.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#14 posted 10-12-2014 09:48 PM

Very nice , Keith!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 10-19-2014 08:54 PM

Mighty fine Keith

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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