The fronts of each block consists of 5 pieces of 3/4”stock cut to precisely the same size and all cut at a 9 degree angle on each end. Each of these sections have different slots for different size blades so a set of templates were made to use for consistency and to speed up the process.
Simply a matter of tracing the slots onto the blanks. I used a piece of sticky back label paper on the walnut blanks but traced straight on the maple and cherry
In order to cut the slots on the scrollsaw a 1/16 ” pilot hole is drilled in each location.
After all of the holes are drilled for one full set, it’s over to the scroll saw to begin the fun. I used a # 5 skip tooth blade which works good on thicker stock. I soon found out that a sequence was needed for cutting. I could cut all of the slots for one block with one blade if I cut the maple first then the cherry and finally the walnut. Take your time and stay on the line.
It wasn’t worth trying to get more cuts from a blade in this 3/4” stock. Blades are cheap.
After 3 days and 25 blades I got all 350 slots done.Now THAT was fun stuff.
Next session will be more glue -ups—-stay tuned!!!
-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com