|You can see this jig allows me to hold the wood very close to the saw. This situation doesn't happen very often but often enough that it needed attention.|
The other thing I thought I'd show today was the process I generally use for making patterns and templates.
Often I am inspired by something I've seen on the net, there are a nearly infinite number of gifted people with an infinity of good ideas to be inspired by, or just copy. When I can I give credit for the idea, in this case I don't know whence the original design came.
Initially I make some sketches on scrap paper and then a finished drawing in a serious art note book.
I use these books because the paper is almost as heavy as Bristol board, but with a matte finish. It is 190 grams per square metre vs. 200 - 250 for Bristol board.* In this case my drawing is for a scroll saw pattern.
You could cut this pattern out with a coping saw and a band saw without too much trouble, the scroll saw is just easier.
Next I make a copy of the pattern using my computer printer on ordinary printer paper. This way I keep the heavy paper pattern in a folder for later use. The light paper pattern is glued to the wood and cut out on the scroll saw.
In this case I glued the pattern onto a piece of 1/4 inch Baltic birch and cut it out. Since I like this pattern and expect to use it often I'll trace it onto the wood the next time rather than glue a print out onto the material. Tracing the pattern means I don't have to wait for the glue to dry, or clean it off the project after cutting it out.
Since it is a jig, it has to be red.
I see this as a small trivet or a large coaster. A larger version could be used to protect a table top from hot dishes. We have a couple of palm trees in our house and this goes with the décor.
Just by the by, here is a sketch that I did last evening in my note book.
p.s. bicycle season has begun here, finally.
Is that cool wood, or what!
* - If you keep your eyes pealed quality artist note books come on sale frequently. I bought my last books on a 3 for 1 sale.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Making a Pattern
The first thing to include is my two finger hold down in use as promised.