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08-04-2015 03:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: scroll saw

I make wall hangings out of barnwood in the shape of my home state quite often lately…if I continue to average 3 per week, I’ll be caught up on orders by the time my 5 year old goes to college :) So, when I saw a miniature version of what I make, but in pendant form, I had to order one!

I really expected it to be laser cut, but when it came today, I was very surprised to see saw marks! Must be a scroll saw…they are identical to the bandsaw marks I leave behind on my pieces. But, if this was cut with a scroll saw, HOW IN THE WORLD did they cut the heart out of the middle!? Someone please tell me what sort of black magic this person used to do this! It’s driving me crazy… I have to know! They are being very elusive about their methods!

You can make out the saw marks faintly in the photo, but they are much more apparent in person. So, I’m pretty sure that’s what it is. At the price I paid, I have no idea how this works out for anyone without a laser cutter. It only cost $17 plus the cost of the chain! Black magic!!

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.


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#1 posted 08-04-2015 03:39 AM

If I understand what you are asking correctly, and the artist used a scroll saw, they probably drilled a hole through the piece where the heart goes, inserted a small pinless blade through the hole, re-mounted to the scroll saw and cut the interior shape.

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 03:42 AM

Stack cutting them on a scroll saw, you could crank out quite a few pretty quickly. The interior heart cut is pretty easy as well, and not something you can do on a band saw.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#3 posted 08-04-2015 03:48 AM

You can cut a hole that small with a scrollsaw!? This makes me want to figure out how to fix the one that’s been decorating the floor of my shop for a few years…

I have to say, I’m shocked they can make such fine cuts! Thanks, guys. I had looked online briefly but didn’t see any designs with cutouts this size. Very, very cool!

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.

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#4 posted 08-04-2015 04:03 AM

You can cut a hole that small with a scrollsaw!? This makes me want to figure out how to fix the one that s been decorating the floor of my shop for a few years…

I have to say, I m shocked they can make such fine cuts! Thanks, guys. I had looked online briefly but didn t see any designs with cutouts this size. Very, very cool!
- Jenine

I typically use a 1/16” bit to drill the start holes for interior cuts… and sometimes, those cuts aren’t much bigger than just the hole. And with the right blade, you leave a finished edge with no visible saw marks. When you are doing something like a portrait with hundreds of interior cuts, the last thing you want to do is go back and try to sand all those edges :)

Those little State pendants, particularly yours, would be super easy to do on a scroll saw and you could turn out a lot of them in a very short time – and with little more needed other than a final sanding to remove any fuzzies and a finish.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#5 posted 08-04-2015 04:03 AM


You can cut a hole that small with a scrollsaw!? This makes me want to figure out how to fix the one that s been decorating the floor of my shop for a few years…

I have to say, I m shocked they can make such fine cuts! Thanks, guys. I had looked online briefly but didn t see any designs with cutouts this size. Very, very cool!

- Jenine

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#6 posted 08-04-2015 04:08 AM

Ohmygosh, those blades are boggling my mind right now.

I really need to fix that hunk of cast iron. I want to use it!

Thanks for taking the mystery out of it, I could hardly imagine how this little piece came to be!

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.

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#7 posted 08-04-2015 06:25 AM

I see a blackened edge around the heart, and because it is thin, it could be burned out with a iron cut into that shape. “That’s just my opinion and, I could be wrong!”—- Dennis Miller

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#8 posted 08-04-2015 09:33 AM

If you just want to duplicate it, you could just use a drill and a small square file to make the heart.

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#9 posted 08-04-2015 10:37 AM

I would use a scrollsaw.. You could stack them and do six at a time… I think I’ll whip some out for the upcoming garage sale and see how it goes…

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#10 posted 08-04-2015 01:33 PM


I would use a scrollsaw.. You could stack them and do six at a time… I think I ll whip some out for the upcoming garage sale and see how it goes…

- MontanaBob

Bob, how do you hold them together in the stack when you do six at a time ?

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#11 posted 08-04-2015 01:43 PM

You should move south to Wyoming. Your task would be greatly simplified.

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#12 posted 08-04-2015 02:39 PM

You can create your stack and then wrap it in blue painter’s tape and glue the pattern on top. With items this small, you could do several on the stack. Drill for the heart then scroll it out and then the state shape. With a good reverse tooth blade you should have very little sanding and no saw marks.

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#13 posted 08-04-2015 07:25 PM


You can create your stack and then wrap it in blue painter s tape and glue the pattern on top. With items this small, you could do several on the stack. Drill for the heart then scroll it out and then the state shape. With a good reverse tooth blade you should have very little sanding and no saw marks.

- kepy

Maybe the heart hole has a double purpose. Maybe a small bolt could be fed through the hole, secured on the bottom, and that’s what holds the stack together while cutting.

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#14 posted 08-04-2015 07:31 PM



You should move south to Wyoming. Your task would be greatly simplified.

- Kazooman

Glad you don’t live in Maryland as that would be a tuffy!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 08-04-2015 07:43 PM

[...] how do you hold them together in the stack when you do six at a time ?

You just tape them together with whatever your preferred tape is, particularly all around the edges. Sometimes you need to re-apply some tape mid-way through if you wind up cutting all the edges off.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Alternatively, some people use pin nails to hold things together.. and place the pins where the wood will eventually be cut out anyway.

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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