|Project by MadeinGarage||posted 01-20-2011 06:52 AM||4800 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
So, since I bought my first tools at Christmas time, I figure my first couple projects will be a little more simple and learning experiments.
Other than simple puzzle and random shapes, one of the first things I made on the scroll saw was some pig shaped cutting boards. I used 3/4” cherry. I had two boards that I glued together then cut out on the scroll saw. They were sanded down to a 220 grit and finished with Watco’s butcher block mineral oil.
So, a couple things that I learned from this:
- The size of your blade is very important. The first pig I cut I used a #5 blade. I had a lot of burn that I needed to sand out and it took a while. I used a #7 on the rest of the pigs and it went a lot better with nicer cuts and hardly any burn.
- I need more clamps. I’ve heard on the site that you can never have enough clamps and man is that true. That’ll come soon.
- Part of my issue in making them is I need to do a better job of joining the wood. I bought wood that had been “smoothed” on one end and assumed that it would be sufficient. I was wrong. While they joined fairly well, if I had taken the time to make sure that they were flat, I would have had better boards.
- Grain and wood color is important. I had two boards that I used. The boards were slightly different in color and some of the pigs ended up with both boards. You can tell a difference. I need to watch for that in the future.
I’ll make more of these, as my wife loved them. I want to finish some with just a mineral oil/beeswax finish instead of the butcher block oil. I’m interested in seeing what that does to the color. I’ll also learn from my mistakes and take it from there.
The scroll saw is a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to trying different things on there. But I actually think my next project will be a golf ball rack.