|Project by rance||posted 07-18-2011 08:51 AM||2284 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
I know, what a queer puzzle. As sort of a self-appointed challenge from KnotCurser, I’ve made my own version of his ‘Dollar Puzzle’. On the front is a Two dollar bill, and on the back is a One dollar bill.
For registering the bills front to back, I made saw kerfs on the oversized board where the edges of the first bill were. Then turning it over, I could clearly see from the opposite side, where to place the second bill. Afterwards, I realized that not all bills are centered on the paper. Oh well… good enough. :) This was done on Poplar by the way.
I had to expand my scrollsaw skills to accomplish this project. First, I purchased the smallest SS blades I could find. I used #2 reverse tooth blades. In hind sight, I should have used a backer board like Bob did with his. Lack of doing so resulted in a couple tabs on the one dollar side coming loose. Lesson learned(I hope).
I began by practicing on a small scrap. I quickly learned that I needed to make slow arcing turns rather than the jerky turns I was making. I laid out some general guidelines for the pieces and then just went for it freehand. Between each piece, I made a jigsaw-tab on whichever side suited me. On some of those, I captured particular parts of the $2 bill (like Jefferson’s right eye, he doesn’t look to happy about that). I took it slower than I normally do my scroll work and it paid off with very smooth cut surfaces. Almost polished.
After all the pieces were cut, I cut around the outside edge and then finished those up on the belt/disk sander. The front side did ok but the back side didn’t fare quite as well. More attention to that next time. All in all, a very fun and educational project.
Thanks to Bob for some questions answered, and the inspiration for this project.
-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--