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Project by woodreamer posted 06-27-2011 05:53 AM 1961 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was cut from alder and black walnut. I worked at it on and off for about 3 weeks. By far the hardest and most frustrating part was getting the bevels cut accurately, as this was done on the scroll saw, which is great for intricate cuts and curves, but not accurate straight lines. The edges have to be bevelled 22 degrees, while the floor sides are beveled 44 degrees. Even with using a disc sander to touch up the edges, there are, on close inspection somel gaps.
The sides have two alternating fretwork patterns, which I stack cut three at a time. In the 3rd and 4th photos, I tried to show how the tab and slot constuction works. The floor is used to hide the joins and provide strength as well as a design element. I think I’ll let some time pass, then I’ll try another one for more accuracy and different woods, like cherry and perhaps maple or aspen. I finished it with tung oill and a few coats of shellac. The tung oil takes a few weeks to get rid of the odour, so I may reconsider, but it really brings out the beauty of the wood. All comments and questions are naturally appreciated.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 06:32 AM

If you use a 22 1/2 degree Chamfer bit in a router attached to a router table , i think you could tighten up the

joints in short order . Nice scrolling .

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#2 posted 06-27-2011 06:34 AM

Interesting design. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Is it your own design?

A Very nice piece. From what I’ve seen here on LJs, anyone that does scroll work must have a lot of patience.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 09:53 AM

A lot of work gone on here Bob, if you are not happy with the joints then you have already decided to have another go. 80 – 20 rule Bob in this case more like 95 – 5, good job & make sure you post the next one :))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 02:05 PM

Are there fleur de lis worked into some of that scroll work?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 06-27-2011 03:00 PM

Lots of patience in a intricate piece of work. I like the way it looks and goes together, Yes if you look
you can see gaps, but if I tried it they would be much bigger. I had to make a special jig for my table saw
to let me cut long compound angles on my mail box mounting box. If I am judging the size of your
project, you might be able to cut yours on a 12” compound miter saw if you have one available. Keep
on having fun in the workshop and sharing the results with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 06-27-2011 04:24 PM

I like the design quite a bit. I may have to try a scrolled box someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#7 posted 06-27-2011 07:05 PM

Nice work! If you don’t have a router, you could cut down through teh joints with a hand saw to tighten them up.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 06-27-2011 07:07 PM

Thanks all for the comments and suggestions.
Moment- I always like to put my router table to use, when I can. At present,I only have a 45 degree chamfer bit . My problem is the 1/4 stock that was used tends to tear out, but it’s worth a try.
Jack- The pattern was reworked by Pedro Lopez of Valencia,Spain. He toolk a French 19th century goblet which he made more simple(good thing) on the computer.
Peteg- Thanks. Will do.
Bentheviking- one of the panel designs resembles the Fleur de Lis, one of my favorite designs(I was born in Quebec after all). You’ve given me an idea for my next attempt at this project. Thanks!
Bluepine38- I don’t have a compound miter saw yet, but you’ve given me reason to do some research and shopping around, which always lots of fun.Thanks

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#9 posted 06-27-2011 08:05 PM

Put a piece of scrap wood behind the piece when you run it through the router,

The tear-out will then occur at the end of the scrap ( or backer ) piece as both pieces

exit the cut. Only remove 1/8 inch ( or less ) of material on all the pieces at a time .

I think you will be happy with the results . Dry fit the pieces together with tape and place

them on your template or lay-out lines . If everything looks good , then you can begin scrolling

each individual segment and not face any surprises later on. LET’S scROLL !

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#10 posted 06-27-2011 09:32 PM

Very nice piece. Thanks for posting.

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

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#11 posted 06-28-2011 05:58 AM

Thanks, Moment, I really appreciate the detailed steps in your suggestions. It would be so nice to solve the challenge of bevel cutting beforehand, and focus on the fretwork. Cheers.

—Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#12 posted 06-28-2011 08:37 AM

. CHEERS, woodreamer !

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#13 posted 06-28-2011 09:18 AM

Very nice sir, gaps and all. |I love that kind of intricate work where three or four days in you ask, “What the hell was I thinkig!”

-- Ward Grant

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#14 posted 06-28-2011 06:15 PM

Ward Grant- My thoughts exactly Ward. Thanks for that.
Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#15 posted 11-18-2011 02:07 PM

Nice scrolling work. As for the corners, practice makes perfect.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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