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#1 posted 04-23-2013 05:04 PM

Rita, I buy my blades online from Mikes Workshop he has very good service and is a great guy to do business with. I buy my Baltic Birch from either Sloans Woodshop or Ocooch Hardwoods. (You can Google all three).
You will need to use unpinned blades (does your saw accept unpinned blades).
If I was cutting this portrait, I would start by cutting three pieces of BB to the desired size. 8 X 10 is a good size for a portrait. I would tape the stack securely together using blue painters tape and glue the pattern to the top piece using Loctite Repositionable Spray Adhesive. Then I would drill my entry holes in each of the black areas to insert the blade. The objective is to remove all of the black areas and leave all of the white. I would begin cutting in the area of his eyes and progress outward to the nose and the lines in his forehead, then I would cut the hair and ear and finally the rest of it.
Remove the tape and the remnants of the pattern. If the pattern is stuck tight it can be removed using Mineral Spirits.
The bottom portrait may be a throw away because of the fuzzies but these can generally be removed using sand paper and or a butane torch to burn them off.
Clean up the portraits, stain with natural or Golden Oak stain and finish with Deft Spray Lacquer.
Don’t forget to sign and date them before you spray.
Now they can be framed.
I use a 2 or 3 mm black or brown foam sheet as a backer.
Hope this helps. If you have other questions don’t be afraid to ask.
You can also get lots of help here:
or here :

Good luck
Don R


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