Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Home Heart Shadow Box Scroll Saw Pattern.



This is another project that should work well for Valentines Day. It's not too larger. The heart is about 5.25" wide. I cut everything from Baltic birch plywood. I used 1/4" and 1/2" thicknesses.

This is more of a craft project so I think paint is called for here. I know some of you think it's a crime to paint wood but this is plywood so it's only a misdemeanor and not a felony. 

If you want to hand this on a wall then just drill a hole at the peak of the roof. No fancy hangers needed for a project like this.


The heart has standoffs applied so you get a bit of a shadow box effect.


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The tip I show in this video was submitted by a reader. I'm sorry I did not save the email so I can't give him credit. If you contact me again I will post your name and any thoughts you may have.

Here is the link to the product I use in the video.


I have only used this product for one day. I cannot tell you how long it will hold up. In my short test, it looks promising. Just understand that if you buy this you are experimenting. 

Relief cutting at it's finest by Terry Smith:


Back in 2010, I published the Deer Scene pattern above. It has had a lot of downloads over the years but Terry Smith recently took it to a new level. Terry enjoys using his scroll saw to do relief scrolling. 

The technique of relief scrolling involves setting the saw blade at an angle before making the cut. When you finish the cut, the wedged shaped piece will either raise out of the board or sink into the board depending on the tilt of the blade and direction of cut. You adjust the angle to get the amount of relief you want.

Terry emailed me the next picture and I was blown away. I have done a lot of relief cutting in my years but Terry has the technique down to an art form. As you can see, Terry modified the pattern quite a bit to make the technique work. 

I asked Terry if he would do a short write of up his technique. Lucky for us he took the time to did just that.


Guest Post by Terry Smith

Hi, again Steve,

thank you for your kind remarks regarding my deer
variations. By the way, I forgot to mention that I live in Australia. You are
welcome to do whatever you wish with the photograph.

As far as techniques in creating it, I wanted to make the scene
as three dimensional as possible. The wood I was using was 1/2 inch thick,
therefore it was a matter of tilting the saw table to approximately 2 degrees
for pieces I wanted in the foreground and gradually increasing the angle to
around 3 1/2 degrees for pieces in the background. Because of the larger
angle, the background pieces would not be raised as much, creating a feeling of
depth.

As with most relief work, the pieces are cut out in an
anticlockwise direction. Care must be taken in the placing of drill entry holes
to avoid them being seen in the final piece as much as possible. Even though
many of the pieces cut are quite small, they are not too difficult to cut out
providing you have the saw blade running fairly slowly. There is however one
problem to watch out for. You may have noticed that the deer on the left of the
scene is jumping over an invisible fence! I discovered very quickly that when
cutting small pieces in particular(although it probably applies in general)
because of the tilt of the saw table (even though it is quite small), it is well
nigh impossible to make a cut that turns sharply to the right (like going up to
a mountain peak and then quickly turning and going back down) without leaving a
small hole in the work. This is because you are turning the work in opposition
to the slope of the table. Hence no fence for the deer to jump over because of
the very sharp turns required to cut the fence rails. Once the pieces are cut
out, I used a small drum sander and sheet sandpaper to shape them to give a
more realistic look, glued them in place and gave the finished piece several
coats of lacquer.

I have attached some photos of other relief pieces with a
Celtic theme that I have made. The napkin or serviette holder is made from wood
that you may not have seen before. It is from Tasmania and is called Tasmanian
Tiger Myrtle (for obvious reasons). You are welcome to use them as you wish.
Once more thank you for your comments.

Regards, Terry






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