|Project by Keith Fenton||posted 10-20-2012 02:27 PM||2292 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
Our “Forest Leaf” wildlife plaques have been around for quite a while. They were among Sheila’s earliest scroll saw pattern creations (some as part of a concerted effort with designer Bob Vallee), they have stood the test of time, and remain popular even today. The third picture here shows an example of these original Forest Leaves.
I am not sure why it took us so long to come up with the idea of ornament-sized versions. Sometime the obvious escapes us, but here we are.
It is quite challenging to make such a small project with enough detail to look nice, but without being a nightmare to cut or turning out too delicate to be useable. These actually turned out to be fairly easy to cut, but are still a little delicate. The maple I used had some hidden cracks that I missed and as a result, I had to do a couple minor repairs after cutting. They certainly require a solid piece of tight-grained wood. While we often use 1/8” thick material for ornaments, it would be best if we would have cut these out of something slightly thicker. 3/16” thick would be ideal but even 1/4” would still turn out nice.
When cutting thin material with small detail work in it such as this, I usually stack cut two sets at once since even the tiny 2/0 sized blades benefits from the added resistance of another layer. Even with woods as hard as hard maple which we often use, anything thinner than 1/4” starts getting more difficult to cut detail in, . I just stacked a piece of scrap 1/8” plywood with my hardwood as I often do since I only really want one finished set.
-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com