Paris Skyline Scrollsawed into 78rpm Record

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Project by KnotCurser posted 05-20-2012 01:27 AM 3855 views 15 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You will have to forgive me just a little as this isn’t a “wood project” – but I DID use a woodworking tool to do it! :-)

I was high-bidder on a few “miscellaneous” boxes at an auction today and in the bottom of one I found a stack of 78rpm records. They appeared brand new with no scratches at all. The labels were in French and I had this image of the Paris Skyline in my head and how cool it might look to have half the record “go away” and leave the image behind.

I KNEW using a scrollsaw on such an old record would be tricky. It was! The pieces that didn’t chip simply melted together with the heat from the blade. I wound up going with the very slowest setting on my saw and proceeded VERY slowly. Eventually, I persevered with hardly any mishaps.

So, what do you all think about this? I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it, but I don’t quite know what other people would think when they see this. Comments welcomed on this one please!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 05-20-2012 01:55 AM

I think that is pretty neat, cool, attention getting. I could see it mounted in some kind of shadow box or something.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 05-20-2012 01:59 AM

I like it very much but think you should have cut in to the record rather than off the top of the record. i.e. leave a portion of the circular rim intact above thereby framing the cutting. Many possibilities here!

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

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#3 posted 05-20-2012 02:09 AM

Cool! Don’t believe I’ve ever seen anything like it, ergo, highest marks for originality and creativity.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 05-20-2012 02:11 AM

That is a neat idea. Hey, I saw that record on E bay and it sold for $12,000…...Just kidding.
There are lot of LP records for almost free anywhere. You could have the start of whole new craft!

Nice idea. thanks for sharing!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-20-2012 02:18 AM

Great idea! Great execution.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 05-20-2012 02:24 AM

Never seen anything like that. Very cool.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#7 posted 05-20-2012 03:15 AM

Very cool!!! I have seen these turned into clocks. There is a lady that sells them here in Australia for around $65.00 but she cuts them on a router. well done great job :)

-- Leanne, Australia,

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#8 posted 05-20-2012 04:15 AM

Very cool, I was the bidder on that e bay auction and was looking for a mint mate to go with my other “new” record…oh well. Guess you’ll have to mount it and hang it.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#9 posted 05-20-2012 04:19 AM

very cool and unique idea.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 05-20-2012 04:25 AM

Hydrocarbon product ,could have its origin in wood.
Neat idea .

-- Kiefer 松

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#11 posted 05-20-2012 04:35 AM

I think vipond33 has a good idea. I always like the way you photograph your work. This is out there…..........

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 05-20-2012 06:27 AM

That is special. I believe you have created a great idea here…...thanks for sharing

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#13 posted 05-20-2012 09:33 AM

That’s really cool. I would never have thought of something so creative. Bravo!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#14 posted 05-20-2012 09:55 AM

I love this, Bob! It is really a cool and classy way to display this record! You are really a clever guy and I think 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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#15 posted 05-20-2012 10:48 AM

Cool Bob,
I have never…

What a delightful mind you have,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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