|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 03-26-2016 11:20 PM||845 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This project connects three of my main interests. I’ve had this one in mind for a long time. It is also my first real project using the electric scroll saw that I recently received in exchange for a modest fee!
First I cut out the words, ‘Jesu al Jesuo.’ In Esperanto they translate as: ‘Say Yes to Jesus’. I used MS Word to create them and printed them out on paper. Then I manually cut them out and made them touch to create the pattern for the scroll saw. Before cutting I stuck the pattern to the wood, and covered it with transparent plastic tape.
Then I made the cross-shaped frame. I figured out the size by putting the letters down and measuring around them. For the frame, I recycled wood from a broken picture frame that I was saving. I think it might be oak. The cutting was easily done with my table saw and miter jig.
I did The glue-up of the framework in steps, basically gluing matching pairs of parts until I just had to glue together two completed assemblies.
To hold the back on, I routed a rabbet in the frame to hold a cross-shaped piece of thin plywood. I don’t have a proper rabbeting bit, but I took the pilot bearing from another router bit that was smaller and used it on a larger straight bit. It worked well enough for this. Then I glued the back piece into the rabbet.
I then painted it all with black spray paint and let it dry. That was followed by sanding off the paint on only the faces of the letters and the frame. With that done, I glued the letters in the frame. A few final sprayings of lacquer finished things up.
I think the black sides and sanded faces gives a dramatic look to this project. I really like it. It’s now hanging on the wall of our living room.
Happy Easter, Everyone.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!