IT WAS EASIER TODAY
The work went well today. I have cut and glued in most of the body pieces except for the tail and two arms. I had cut the details around the eyebrows yesterday, but I realized how difficult it would be to cut that top body part to fit, so I cut off the eyebrows and just extended the body to cover that area too. I will be repasting the eyebrow pattern on top and cutting it separately.
NO PROBLEMS THIS TIME!
No mishaps to report. I only had to recut one very small piece.
GETTING SOME HELP FROM THE WOOD GRAIN
I did try to orient the grain on the Ash to augment the twisting motion of the dragon as best I could.
EVERYBODY WITH A SCROLL SAW CAN DO THIS
The good fits of the infill pieces prove that anyone with modest cutting skills like myself can do this work. The important thing is to get accurate outline tracings onto the infill pieces and cutting them just outside of the lines.
ADJUSTING PIECES CUT OVERSIZE
After cutting, the piece might be a little oversize. This can be corrected by examining for cuts that that left a little wood between the cut and the line, and then trimming them very lightly/carefully in those areas until they fit.
ADDITIONAL USEFUL EQUIPMENT
I think a light with a magnifying glass is essential for this job, at least with my eyes. I mainly use it to when I am cutting out the infill pieces where accuracy is most important.
-- Mike, American in Norway The four steps towards competency: 1. unconscious incompetence, 2. conscious incompetence, 3. conscious competence, 4. unconscious competence