|Project by Copperjock||posted 02-26-2008 04:54 AM||1303 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
Another scroll saw box (2 pc. lid and 2 pc. box) from Diane Thompson’s book. This time I wanted to try out the scroll saw version of inlay and the winner was my sister, the relative with the shortest name. It involves laying 2 equal thickness & complimentary colors stacked together, then scrolling all the pieces in one direction (in my case, clockwise) with the table tilted about 2-1/2 to 3 degrees.
When you are done, the top piece drops into the lower board with a super-snug fit. That came out well, except that the smallest bit I have, 1/16” is way too big for something like this. I have a numbered drill index at work that I will use next time I try this to get a smaller starting hole.
The second thing is that a long straight line is quite difficult on 3/4”+ stock with a scroll saw. The inside of the box is rough , more so than sanding can solve. To avoid the outside ending up the same way, I decided to run it through the bandsaw, and I can tell you the outside is quite smooth and straight.
It is made from ash and walnut, and finished with three coats of Minwax Polycrylic. Finishing seems tedious and fickle to me so my next project I will be using tung oil, which seems to be quite popular around here.
-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!