|Project by Hanman||posted 05-05-2012 01:49 AM||2103 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Well it’s FINALLY finished! I started this project almost 5 months ago thinking I had more than enough time for mother’s day but I ended up cutting it pretty close. It didn’t turn out as good as I hoped but I guess for my first (and possibly last!) attempt at scroll sawing I’m satisfied. I’ve been a woodworker all my life and have worked as a contractor all of my adult life so I’ve always been confident around power tools, but I have never touched a scroll saw in my life until now. I have no idea how many hours I spent on this because my schedule doesn’t allow me to work continuously on a project, but it was a lot. The saw I used was an OLD craftsman 13 inch benchtop style that a friend loaned me for the winter. It worked fine but the blade changing was a nightmare that required me to completely remove the foot on the saw every time and easily took the vast majority of my time. I eventually lost patience and did away with the foot all together to save time and cut most of the pattern out this way. lol Let me just say that I have a whole new level of respect for scroll saw artists. This is insanely tedious and difficult and you guys/girls are very gifted. I appreciate ANY comments and constructive criticism on this project. One thing I had questions about is what type of plywood is best? I used a 1/4” birch. It splintered horribly. Lots of sanding, filler, and even some touch up painting to hide all the spots that splintered. 2nd, what types of blades are best to use? I used a tiny spiral cut blade for all of it. Some areas it worked incredibly, other areas it was nearly impossible to cut on the line. I also discovered it was much easier to push the piece away from me rather than go sideways or pull it towards me. Anyways, I’m glad it’s over and I think my wife likes it. She better. =) (yeah I couldn’t wait until mother’s day, gave it to her tonight!) Thanks for looking!
I tried to include the original picture of the boys too for comparison’s sake but I couldn’t get it to load, sorry. Wish I had better pictures of the finished product.
-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman