Wedding Invitation Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-19-2012 03:53 AM 1323 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two very nice friends of ours are tying the knot this Saturday. When my wife received the invitation a month or so ago, she thought this would look great as a scrollwork and asked me if I could accomplish it.

Great idea for a gift!

It only took a few minutes to come up with the plans and start cutting. The only thing that presented a challenge was the lettering of the date – I wound up sizing the letters WAY too small and had to use a #1 blade to cut them.

Pic 2, of course, is the actual invitation.

Wood used is cherry. The piece measures 6 1/2×8 inches and is around 1/4” thick. I placed a 45 degree chamfer on all four edges to give it a more “classy” feeling.

Finish, as always, is a soak in lemon oil and a thick felt backing.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 04:02 AM

Very nice scroll work Bob

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 04:05 AM

That’s super nice. Those fonts look pretty small, that must have been hard.
Really nice item for them to admire for many many years. Cool.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 04:53 AM

Bob, this has got to stop. This looks looks it was cut with a laser controlled by a computer. How do you do it? Curious people want to see a video of you working or else we’re going to, we’re going to, uh, I don’t know, I guess just cry in our beer over your consummate skill.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 06:16 AM

Very nice work, sad thing is that a few years after the honeymoon that may end up as a shim to level the washing machine.JB

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#5 posted 01-19-2012 07:31 AM

That looks like something they’ll cherish till death do they part. Very nice job and a great idea. Thanks for sharing your work with us all.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 01-19-2012 12:23 PM

Beautiful idea and keepsake! You did beautifully on the lettering! My goodness! It is so small! I thought you didn’t like lettering?? It looks awesome! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 01:53 PM

Thanks all for the compliments!

Sheila, you KNOW I don’t like lettering – that made it even MORE of a challenge! ;-)

The reason lettering and me don’t mix is that it’s one of the few things in scrolling that absolutely demands that you pay perfect attention and ANY mistakes are easily noticed. It has to be nearly perfect – doh!

I like what’s called “artistic freedom” when I scroll – if I go off-line I just make it look like I tried it. ;-)

And Gene, I might just answer that challenge of yours and make a video of the next cutting I do – of course I’ll speed it up for the posting….... :-)

Have a great day all!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 02:53 PM

Well, not only is the lettering pretty darn perfect, but the candles aren’t too shabby either! You are quite accomplished. You are right though about having to keep concentration when cutting stuff like this. That is why sometimes the fancier the letter, the easier it is. The more turns and scrolls it has, the better it is to ‘disguise’ the little boo-boos that we may make. I find block letters the most ‘unforgiving’.

Again – it is a beautiful job! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 01-19-2012 03:29 PM

gr8 way to send an invite

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 01-19-2012 03:30 PM

Wow Bob.
That is really nice and truly a wonderful thoughtful gift.

You have my respect,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 01-19-2012 07:42 PM

Lovely, It looks great. I like the cherry wood that you use.


-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#12 posted 01-20-2012 12:17 AM

Great work bob something they will cherish a lifetime

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#13 posted 01-20-2012 08:49 AM

That is one particularly sublime project!! Well done.

-- Cheers, Joel Elder

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