Welcome to the Nut House Segmentation

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Project by Keith Fenton posted 07-05-2010 02:49 AM 2335 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Who hasn’t at one time or another felt that their world was a little bit crazy? With all the schedules and running around that everyone seems to be doing, sometimes it just feels like we are on a treadmill. This plaque is the perfect way to welcome others into your hectic world, and hopefully produce a few smiles in the process.

This overlay and segmented design is a great way to introduce yourself to segmentation if you have never tried it. The leaves are easy and very forgiving and will get you acclimated to the process of shaping your pieces using a rotary tool and hand-sanding. Environmentally-safe SamaN stain was used for coloring.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#1 posted 07-05-2010 03:03 AM

Very nice. A blog about segmentation would be appropriate at this point.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#2 posted 07-05-2010 03:53 AM

Keith, this is a great project, and I definitely need to make two of them, one for the office and one for home! You and ScrollGirl keep turning out great projects and great designs.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#3 posted 07-05-2010 03:53 AM

Have you been taking pictures of my house again?!? LOL! I love this!!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 07-05-2010 03:58 AM

This Great! Looking Forward To See Great Projects And Learn
At The Same Time!

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#5 posted 07-05-2010 04:26 AM

Very nice. I haven’t tried any segmentation but like your idea so much I may try to do something similar in marquetry. I agree with closet guy a tutorial on segmentation might motivate some of us on the fence to give it a try.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 07-05-2010 05:05 AM

Awesome job i love the way the leave look. Fantastic job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 07-05-2010 06:20 AM

Very nice sign. I’m sure I would feel at home.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 07-05-2010 07:42 AM

steal my shopsign and call it your project GRRRRRR!!!

NAAAA kidden you, but I do wish it was mine :—))
I like it a lot …......LOL

thank´s for sharing and the smile


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#9 posted 07-05-2010 10:32 AM

Great sign. If it were at my front door it would have to say. WARNING!!! instead of welcome..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Keith Fenton

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#10 posted 07-05-2010 07:42 PM

Thank you everyone for the nice comments.

I will certainly do a blog post about segmentation ASAP. I tried to convince Sheila (scrollgirl) to do it in her blog since she blogs regularly but that was a no-go :)

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#11 posted 07-06-2010 02:15 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 07-06-2010 02:29 AM

Nuts about the sign well done

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#13 posted 07-06-2010 04:25 AM

That would fit my place perfectly. Yard full of large oak trees, we sell acorns on ebay in season, and we have many squirrels who steal our bird food. I love it! But to tell you the truth, I don’t have a clue what segmentation is. Guess I’ll have to do a little research.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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Keith Fenton

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#14 posted 07-06-2010 06:05 AM

Basically, in segmentation, you cut out your object from 1 piece of wood, then you shape the individual parts, then stain each piece the appropriate color, and finally reassemble and glue them on a backer piece. I will give you a quick example here just so you have an idea.

For example, you attach the pattern for a squirrel onto 1/4” thick piece of hardwood (something with a tight grain) with temporary spray adhesive. Cut all the pieces off making sure you always have something to hold onto (ie: cut the small pieces first). Attach the pieces to a strip of double sided tape as you go along to keep everything organized.

When you’re done cutting remove the paper from the wood and begin shaping (I usually use a dremel with drum sander bits and grinding bits). Sand out the scratches made by the drum with the grinding bits and by hand.

Stain the individual pieces in appropriate colors

I usually make a backer piece out of a relatively sturdy piece of veneer. I cut the veneer by sandwiching between two pieces of 1/8” scrap taped along the edges with packaging tape. i just attach another copy of the squirrel pattern to the top of this sandwich and cut out just the perimeter staying inside the lines by about 1/8” so that you can’t see the backer around the edges.

Then you glue the squirrel pieces to the backer piece with a clear drying glue applied rather sparingly with a very small, dampened brush. If you get glue where it can be seen it will prevent the varnish from penetrating so you either have to be really careful or you can put a coat of varnish on the pieces before assembling.

Then you can varnish the squirrel assembly and it can be glued to the (preferably already varnished) main plaque piece.

When we put together our pattern packets, we include full instructions. We try our best to write the instructions in enough detail that somebody relatively new to the scroll saw can follow them.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#15 posted 07-06-2010 07:45 AM

I will still do a more comprehensive explanation with progress pics in the next couple days

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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