|Forum topic by WannaBeWoodSmith||posted 11-03-2015 02:27 AM||464 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
11-03-2015 02:27 AM
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