Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Happy Easter Word Puzzle Scroll Saw Pattern.

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This would be a fun puzzle for the Sunday school classroom at church. It is a stand-up puzzle cut from 3/4" thick wood. 

When you are cutting thick wooden puzzles you need to consider how tightly the pieces fit together. The smaller the blade the tighter the pieces will fit. For stand-up puzzles, you want a snug fit. The problem with a snug fit is it requires a small blade which can be difficult to get a 90 degree cut top to bottom of the thick board. 

For smaller children, the pieces can be a little looser. That makes the puzzle easier to assemble. The pieces may droop a bit if they are too loose but that is better than not fitting together. 

I wanted a very tight fit. I used a #2/0 blade. To use a blade that small I had to be very careful to get a square cut. I needed to cut slowly and be careful not to flex the blade in the cut. 

I tried to design the puzzle so even if the fit is loose the puzzle will still stand up. I did not test it but I believe you could even use a #5 blade and get the puzzle to stand.

Do you hate sanding fuzzies? Tip from Jeff Briggs.

I received an email from Jeff Briggs today. He was experimenting with pre-finishing projects and came up with this nice extra benefit. Reduced fuzzies on the backside of his cuts and very clean veining.

I have not had an opportunity to give this technique a complete test but my initial quick tests show the same results as Jeff explains below.

Here is the text from Jeffs's email.

I have been experimenting with pre-finishing some pieces before I cut them. The idea came to me when I was explaining to someone about adding a finish to wood will actually strengthen the surface and make it harder (non-scroll saw project). My go-to finish is one coat of spray shellac that gets struck off with 000 steel wool and then as many coats of spray lacquer as the piece needs.

 I decided to do the shellac on both sides before I applied and cut the pattern. While this adds a bit to the preparation time the results were spectacular to say the least. Take a look at the images in the attached Photos. 

I don’t think this process is something that is necessary for every project but if someone needs that extra dose of crispness on a particular project then this may be a solution. I have not shown the finished project but I did still give the piece a light sanding and multiple coats of lacquer but I did not spend much time at all on getting rid of the fuzzies.
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Clear shelf liner with spray mounted pattern.
Mat be tough to see but the drilled holes are
only raised about 50% of the normal height.

The back has no lifting of the surface.

Jeff is using plywood here. It is common for there to be tear-out and chips lifting from
blowout on the back. Using a backer board as you drill helps also.

The front has standard clean cuts,
no surprises here.

The back is very clean. This has not
been sanded or cleaned up.

That is pretty impressive for the back of the plywood.

Closeup of the back where long cuts were
made along the grain. This is always where
you get the most fuzzies, and there are still
some but significantly fewer. Oh, and look at
the crisp veining.

Getting clean veining is tough. It normally takes a good deal of time to remove the fuzzies and dust from the veins. I will often use an Exacto blade to dig them out. Preventing them in the first place is awesome.

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