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Project by halfacre posted 02-20-2017 04:46 PM 944 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maple wood, water colors used and about ten coats of clear lacquer
Metal cutting scroll saw blade, Olson brand, 48 teeth per inch.

Jess

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx





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intarsia92

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#1 posted 02-20-2017 05:17 PM

Very nice!!! I like the way the horse extends thru the Horseshoe.

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#2 posted 02-20-2017 11:54 PM

Great job!

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 12:23 AM

That is absolutely Beautiful.
Great job.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 02-21-2017 12:47 AM

Nice work Jess, but why the metal cutting blade?

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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halfacre

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#5 posted 02-21-2017 01:21 AM

papadan Do you do any scroll sawing..

This picture shows a regular #5 blade on the right, which most all the average scroll sawing is made with. The blade on the left is a 48 tooth per inch metal cutting blade, no reverse teeth on the bottom and is only .012 wide One of the pictures shows, good luck, and with the luck sitting there after I cut the letters out. Its very hard to do this with the bigger blade. Now in comparison the blades the stores sells are about two or three times larger than the big blade in the picture. When someone tells you they can’t scroll saw small letters. The reason, they don’t use the right blades. I already had taken the picture to show another gent there is a difference in blades. And he said well he always just bought one size and did all his sawing with just the one size.. Both blades are an Olson brand… To cut these letters out I drilled one very small hole in each letter and when I start sawing I only go one direction only. The small size blade will let a person turn sharp corners with little distortion. I use the scroll saw more than any other machine in my shop. More fun than the others…I might have more pictures here under halfacre where the scroll saw came in handy.

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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ralbuck

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#6 posted 02-21-2017 01:57 AM

And the skill levels shown by that work will put you as a MASTER of the scrollsaw.

I also use the scrollsaw as my primary weapon.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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papadan

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#7 posted 02-21-2017 06:48 AM

OK Jess. I do have and use my scroll saw quite often. I have 8-9 different blades I use. Skip tooth, reverse tooth fine, coarse, pinned and unpinned. For really fine work I use the tiny spiral cut blades. I even have some sanding blades. I just never knew anyone made metal blades. I have used my fine cut blades on Aluminum, Copper, and Silver. Where do you get the metal blades?

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#8 posted 02-21-2017 12:14 PM

This makes a beautiful wall plaque and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 02-21-2017 03:00 PM

papadad the only brands of blades I use are Flying Dutchman And Olson. I did order 12 spiral blades long long ago . I I tried one and realized they were not for me. I still have 11 of them left.. I like the smoothness the regular blades makes. I think it takes more learning to know what the scroll saw will and won’t do than any other tool in the shop and the spiral teaches nothing. I never have to sand the edges, never… The Olson precision cut blades #3 , an #5 are great for straight or long curves. The Flying Dutchman # 3 and #5 are for tight curves and are not as agressive as
Olsons. Olsons are for thicker hardwood where the Dutchmans are good for thinner woods. Practice practice is what makes scroll sawn patterns look good. I don’t buy any patterns, Cheaper to take them off of the internet, store them then when ready, size them then print them out on the home printer. All these past intarsia type I been showing are pictures I have taken off of stained glass picture sites.
I don’t know if you have got to the point when running the scroll saw, I only run in one direction. I have found I push sideways more in one direction than the other. Thats very important when trying to turn out good work, not speedy work but great work. I do things with lots of letters. Microsoft has them under, Word Pad. Older programs the wording is a little different. Easy to print out to glue on to wood and get after it. Do put down clear packing tape, spray the tape with stickum glue before installing the pattern on to the glue. The clear packing tape does two things. First it lubes the blades and they will last longer and second , the tape will let you remove the pattern with no clean up with lacquer thinner, which is the best to remove the patterns that you might have forgotten to use the tape on. Things you might already know but the ink was free..

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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papadan

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#10 posted 02-21-2017 03:45 PM

I put my patterns down with school glue sticks. It lubes the blades and cleans right up. I will look up Metal cutting blades to see what you are using.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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Mark Shymanski

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#11 posted 02-21-2017 04:12 PM

I really like this project. I know very little about making these sorts of projects but was wondering if the grain was running along the long axis of the horse’s nose (muzzle?; I know even less about horses !) and the horse’s neck would look more horse-like or would it be too busy with the grain going in three (or more) different directions? My eyes were drawn to the grain orientation and it occurred to me that that attraction could be used to enhance the picture. In any case this is a great project and I really like it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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halfacre

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#12 posted 02-21-2017 06:00 PM

Mark its funny you mentioned the grain orientation. On the last two projects, the horse and the angel, I never gave the horse as much thought as I did the angel and I purposely ran her grain up and down as she is supposed to be hanging on the wall at a good tilt like she is looking down to earth. The horse I figured their hair is all over the place but no if they are a cared for show horse or the like. This is how the angel was paced on the page I took the picture from. and I have since the the original picture taken I have moved the hanger over to the side to give her that tilt… I was really upset with myself for I left almost all the planer marks on the maple and I had already started spraying the lacquer on when I noticed. I did run the wood through the drum sander also but something must have had my attention that day.. And she has no marks in the wood like the horse has….My bad

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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Mark Shymanski

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#13 posted 02-21-2017 06:09 PM

I did notice the grain on your angel piece as I saw it directly after looking at the horse. I think the grain direction works to give that ‘angled angel’ view.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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