Friday, January 29, 2021

Cessna 172 Sign Plane Scroll Saw Pattern. Two Sizes.

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This pattern is designed for you to make your own flying sign. There are a few premade signs in the pattern but if you make your own it will be more fun.

Support your favorite sports team, Fly your political message, Use it for a business, or just personalize it with a name.

You will need a stencil font. Here is a link to dafont that shows their stencil fonts. Just scroll down until you find one you like. Us a word processer to select the font after it is installed. You will have to play with the size. You have approximately 8.5" for the length. If you know how to use the free vector graphics program, Inkscape this will be easy.

The plane is cut from 1/8" and 1/4" Baltic birch plywood. The small pattern will be ~18" long.

I also included the pattern at 200%. It will make a model that is ~36" long. This model will be better for hanging from a ceiling. You can use 1/2" and 1/4" plywood for the larger pattern.

Back Side Tear Out of the Cut:

When you make a cut with a scroll saw blade there is almost always some tear-out on the backside. Sometimes this can take quite a bit of effort to sand away. Using reverse tooth blades will minimize the problem but not eliminate it.

Some plywood will tear-out worse than others. If you run into bad plywood and just can't get the back looking good then try this trick.

I always use blue painter's tape on the front of the wood. I then glue the pattern on top of the blue tape. This makes the pattern very easy to remove. Another advantage is that the glue on the tape lubricates the blade and prevents friction scorching the wood.

You can also use the tape on the back side to reduce the tear-out even more.

This is the front of the plywood. I put tape on the front for both cuts.
This is the back of the plywood. I only put tape on the back of one of the cuts.
Here is the amount of tear-out on the side with no tape on the back.
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Here is the amount of tear-out on the side that had the tape front and back.
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I only use this technique on rare occasions. I normally just use a mop sander you get rid of the backside fuzzies. This works but the back will almost never look as good as the front. Sometimes the plywood is just poor quality and the tear-out is really bad.

I just keep this trick in mind for the time I want the back to look as good as possible.

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