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Project by parsonpaul posted 05-12-2015 12:29 AM 1065 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Sheila Landry Designs pattern.

It is cut in 1/2” red oak about 5 1/2” square.

Sheila warned about keeping that line of drilled holes around the border in a straight line – it is harder than it first seems. I used Ipswitch pine stain to bring out the grain of the oak and finished with spraying clear gloss lacquer. The backer board is painted green.

Every piece I work on I learn something new.

If I do this pattern again I think I will try another wood, the oak seems to chip out easily and instead of the line of holes around the perimeter I might try a vine or as Sheila suggests sequins. But I’m not really a sequin kinda guy…


I made these for a friend to give as a Mother’s Day gift.

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#1 posted 05-12-2015 12:56 AM

Great job!

Straight lines, lettering and borders are the hardest thing to do – you pulled it off well.

Here’s a tip for drilling next time – use a fence – that way all the holes will at least be in-line. :-)

Thanks for sharing.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 05-12-2015 01:12 AM

Thanks Bob – great idea and so simple. Use a fence…

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#3 posted 05-12-2015 02:23 AM

Nice design and scrolling. I agree with you that a vine or something other than just a row of holes. I think the vine would be classier. I just recently have started scrolling in solid wood. Before I used Baltic Birch. I have not tried oak yet and may not. I have used Popular – I liked it but it is a little soft; Maple – really enjoyed, it cuts nice; and Cherry which of the three I like the best. A joy to cut so far.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 05-12-2015 11:33 AM

Nice pattern, and make a good job on, looks great

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 05-12-2015 01:12 PM

I really like the one with the background cut out. I’m with you as I don’t care for the holes. A vine would be nice or you could just leave it blank. I have cut a lot of oak and really like it although it has gotten very expensive here.

-- Kepy

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#6 posted 05-12-2015 01:17 PM

You did a fine job on this, Paul, and I love Sheila’s patterns.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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