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WannaBeWoodSmith

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11-03-2015 02:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: scrollsaw scroll saw inlay lamination keychain key chain monograms monogrammed christmas present christmas presents xmas ash maple walnut padauk

Well, time to start thinking about Holiday presents!!!

This year I am going to Christmas with my beautiful fiancee and her family out in Arizona. We are both from big families and her siblings have decided that this year we will all bring only stocking stuffers for each of the siblings (and significant others). Stocking contributions are (loosely) limited to $5 per each participant.

There are 11 people from 4 states in this pool (3 of which are woodworkers). So I was thinking of making personalized keychains for everyone. Each keychain would have the person’s initials in the design and be shaped like the state they currently live in.

My thought was doing a three piece, two tone lamination (maybe Walnut / Maple or Ash /Padauk). I was thinking the light color would be sandwiched by the darker.

I am not sure if I want a thick middle piece with a thin dark veneer with their initials cut out with an exacto knife glued to each face ….then the shape of the state scroll sawed after the lamination.

OR, three equal thicknesses of wood and the initials cut out off both faces with the scroll saw, then shaped as a state

OR, carving out the letters in the light colored wood and inlaying with the darker wood ... then scrolling out the state shape.

I have never done carving or scroll sawing of letters, so it is a skill building exercise. I am looking for input as to why one method would be better to do than another (and let me know of any pitfalls of a specific method). I want to learn something new BUT also I want them to look good. In other words why do you think one method would be the best fit for someone learning but wants a gift worthy result ??

Your input is GREATLY appreciated Thanks – Tommy

-- THANKS,


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#1 posted 11-03-2015 03:13 AM

How many of these do you have to make ? Do you have a Dremel or Powercrafter-type tool ?

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#2 posted 11-03-2015 03:18 AM

I do have a Dremel and a pneumatic die grinder …. whatcha thinkin?

11 pcs

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#3 posted 11-03-2015 06:02 AM

I’m thinking print out the monogram from your computer, stick it to the sandwich, temporarily, using rubber cement or a light spray adhesive. Follow the lines with your tool. Practice makes perfect. Be careful not to burn. Save the 11th one for your fiancee. By the time you get to the that one you’ll be an expert.

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#4 posted 11-03-2015 08:19 AM

Can’t help with the sandwich ingredients, as that is purely aesthetics and highly dependent upon wood choice, size of project, personal taste, etc…

But it would be really easy to crank them out on a scroll saw as long as they aren’t too thick. If you made the laminated stock large enough, you could first cut out all the letters in one pass, then go back and cut them out with the state shapes.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#5 posted 11-03-2015 03:17 PM


I m thinking print out the monogram from your computer, stick it to the sandwich, temporarily, using rubber cement or a light spray adhesive. Follow the lines with your tool. Practice makes perfect. Be careful not to burn. Save the 11th one for your fiancee. By the time you get to the that one you ll be an expert.

- Yonak

I will be saving my fiancees state cut out for last because we live in Illinois and it’s the hardest state shape to cut out. BUT, I am more worried about the 2 other woodworkers pieces turning out the best, because one will DEFINITELY point out even the slightest flaw …. My Fiancee is very proud of any woodworking I do, even if I think it didn’t turn out well, she always loves my work.

-- THANKS,

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#6 posted 11-03-2015 03:21 PM

Thank you Mr.Unix and Yonak for your replies !!! I am very glad their are forums like this where people can turn to get help. The internet has made teaching yourself a craft SO MUCH EASIER, for that I think we are all VERY lucky… So thanks again.

I am really leaning towards scrollsawing the letters out. Any suggestions on a minimum wood thickness for Walnut or Padauk if I am cutting out `1” tall (for the Last Initial) and 3/4’ Tall (for the first & Middle initials) and the state cut from about a 3” X 2” rectangle (maybe 3’ x 3” for Michigan) ? I would like to get it as thin as possible but not breaking it while working(keeping in mind I am a newbie to scrollsawing)

And I have 5 states to cut out …. Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, and Washington State

-- THANKS,

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