|Project by littlecope||posted 11-24-2008 04:08 AM||832 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
When I first got my scroll saw, back in “92, just like most people I bought the Spielman books full of patterns. Made dozens of signs using their lettering. But at some point I decided to try my hand at cursive style lettering and it’s worked out pretty well. I had some alphabets in cursive style that were almost a throw-in with some whirligig patterns that I purchased, I trace them onto a lined piece of paper to maintain their orientation, and then cut and tape them together the old fashioned way to form words. The first picture here is of the Lover’s sign I made for the Girlfriend and I a few years back. I cut a groove in the back to hold the arrow so that it would lie flat on the wall. I usually put a pencil or something in the picture for scale but the heart is roughly 12” across and tall, the arrow just under 20”. I cheated a little on the dots over the i’s by suspending them with small portions of a safety pin. You have to look pretty close to see them!
The second and third pictures are of a sign I made for the Parent’s Compound. I had some leftover Mahogany from the “Ark” project and figured since it started out as a sign…..Ran into a world of trouble with this one. I initially cut the wooden letters and numbers out of thin plywood, but our weather is very unforgiving, and peeled the the plies like an onion after one year of being out. So I brought it back to the shop, scraped it and attempted to sand it as best I could. But I couldn’t get all the telltale sign of the old glue off. Anyways, the good news was that the letters had left a perfect “shadow” of themselves when I painted them on, which is probably what I should have done in the first place….Live and learn…. Michael C.
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.