Massive Monogram Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 03-28-2013 11:04 PM 2862 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was done for a client who’s friends are getting married.

The monogram was indeed cut on my Dewalt Scrollsaw and measures 46×28 inches!

Material is solid 1/2 inch Baltic Birch Plywood.

Pic 3 shows me holding up the pattern – that’s 16 standard sized pieces of paper taped together.

The intention is to have all their wedding guests sign this with a brightly colored marker – the couple then intends to display it in their house after the wedding as a reminder of the day. Pretty cool idea!

Needless to say, the most complicated part of the project was the SIZE. I had to figure out the proper order to cut things out of the solid piece and exactly HOW to cut them out. It wound up that the edges were the hardest, which was opposite of my original thoughts.

BTW, I used a #6 Spiral Blade if anyone is wondering. ;-)

After everything was cut, I was able to use my spindle sander to smooth the majority of the edges – the rest was done by hand.

I then applied two coats of some high quality latex paint.

This will most likely be the largest thing I cut on my scrollsaw for some time to come – I can’t imagine anything topping it! :-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 03-29-2013 12:00 AM

musta bin tricky getting to the middle of the board? Beautiful job!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-29-2013 12:13 AM

That is awesome, Bob! Not something that I would enjoy, but it is truly a work of art! :)


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

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#3 posted 03-29-2013 01:21 AM


Actually, since the Dewalt has over an 18” throat, getting to the center was relatively easy. It was MUCH harder doing the edges, as at times I was leaning over the entire piece to be able to cut it. Doh!

Sheila, I mainly took this one on as a challenge. I have done items that were over 30 inches long, but they always were under 12 inches high, so it wasn’t that tough to cut. I KNEW this was possible, but wanted to see if I could do it – I guess I now know. :-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#4 posted 03-29-2013 01:48 AM

Hi Bob, that is definitely a challenging project, done on a grand scale. Great idea to have guests sign it as a memory piece for the big day.

Couple of quick questions…what font did you use to generate the pattern, and in what order did you place their intials? Last name in the middle, Bride first name on Left, Groom first name on right? I’m sure there is some protocol, I just don’t know what it is…

Again, great project!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#5 posted 03-29-2013 02:09 AM

Wow! That is awesome! I can imagine it would take a lot of bending over the scroll saw to achieve that project!
It turned out beautifully.

-- Anna

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#6 posted 03-29-2013 03:18 AM

Very cool and I like it. What I want to know is did you have someone help you hold the other end while you were cutting? How did you keep from breaking the thin curly cues? It turned out really nice, Bob.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 03-29-2013 08:12 AM

Wow, really nice. Very soft on the eyes.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 03-29-2013 01:10 PM

Now that’s wall art. Wow!

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

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#9 posted 03-29-2013 01:13 PM

Beautiful. You did a fine job on something so large. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 03-29-2013 02:31 PM


I started with a font called “Mutlu”, but I had to widen it (in photoshop) at points to allow for signatures.

The initials, and their order, were given to me. Usually, for a couple, the order is the bride’s first initial, the surname of the couple, and the groom’s first initial, in that order.


I WISH I had someone to help with this! I did it all by myself, though, and used a outfeed roller to support it when I was doing the extreme edges. Once it got most of the weight off of it, it was more forgiving.

Thanks all for the kind words!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#11 posted 03-29-2013 03:37 PM


-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#12 posted 03-29-2013 05:25 PM

Very nice..
Any couple would treasure this for a lifetime,

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