|Project by Blake||posted 11-29-2007 02:12 AM||2503 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
This is an older project that I just got around to posting. I made four of these for Mother’s day earlier this year and since I gave them away as gifts I will be taking pictures of them and posting as I visit their homes again. They are all different. The first is a moose (the most elaborate) for my Grandma. I also made a cat, a frog and a Dachshund. The patterns are all out of a book that I bought.
These puzzles represented the second time I have ever used a scroll saw. I bought a Dremel brand saw from the Used Tool Store. I really like that saw but it only took the flat blades with pins. I got the hang of curves fairly well by the time I finished this project. But it is definitely a technique. You have to get used to the way the blade twists when you turn the workpiece and anticipate it so you don’t over-correct. It is like learning how to ride a bike. I also did the Tree on that saw.
A couple of months ago I traded that saw in for a delta which is a much nicer saw. But the biggest difference is that it takes those hair-thin spiral cut blades which cut in any direction. Those blades are amazing. You can turn and cut in any direction on the fly without even spinning your workpiece. I haven’t used it yet for a project. It’s seems like cheating. Almost takes the fun out… but not quite.
The last picture has a stamp in it for scale. It is about 8” tall. Made from a scrap of walnut, finished with boiled linseed oil.
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