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Old 11-19-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Default First Project - Few Questions

Hello everyone! I just got my first saw on Saturday and was anxious to try it out. I practiced some straight lines, zig zags and a few circles and then dove into a few easy projects - or so I thought...

The first is a pattern I made with my wife's name (yes, Michol, is her name). I should add that this is only 3/4" tall and maybe 2" long.

As you can see, pretty rough around the edges. I quickly realized how big pin end blades are too when I got to the H and O in her name.

The next project was a Christmas tree ornament (by Steve Good, I believe). This is where I ran into some problems.

I used spray adhesive to stick the pattern directly to my pine plywood (scrap wood) and then covered in clear tape. While cutting the saw dust would get under the tape and cover the pattern up. I basically had to free hand the star on top and the circle around the hole I drilled on the top. How do you prevent this, or should I just skip the clear tape for now?

I've got some 'real' blades coming in the mail, went with Olson's for now. These were cut with the stock blades which I know are junk. Regardless, I've got the bug now and can't wait for the new blades to show up! Sorry for the long post!

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Old 11-19-2013, 01:54 PM   #2
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Looking good. I still have my first project hanging above the workbench. It shows the progress.
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Prior to applying the clear packing tape which i encourage you to continue to use.
Wipe off the top of the pattern to make sure there is no dust on it so the clear tape will adhere properly.
I place my tape down from the center out making sure there are no bubbles or creases and then use a credit card like a squeegee to smooth it all out once i have the entire pattern covered.

You did a pretty good job for your first tries.

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Considering all the "issues" with the tape and blades. I think they look good for your first projects.

I'm still very new at SS too, and am understanding the more you do, the better you get. It is a skill to make the perfect cuts you see on others projects. As Denny said, keep these (or photos handy) so you can see your progress. Make a few more items, then recut another tree ornament, you will see improvement.
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Thanks for the encouragement and kind words everyone!

I think you might have helped figure out my problem, Mike. I did have a crease in the tape that I put over the pattern and some spots of dust under the tape. Boy does that tape flapping so quickly make your eyes go crazy! Haha

I'll hopefully get my new blades by the weekend and try some other patterns out. Thanks again everyone!
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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I do it just like Mike except I use a plastic putty knife that I run along the tape. I call it burnishing.
As for the Olson blades, they are fine! I use both Flying Dutchman and Olson blades. In fact I start off my students on Olson #5 skip tooth blades.
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Keep up the great work. I too have a few of the very first things I made on my Moto saw, but forgot what I first made on my Shop Fox scroll saw. I did get better on the cutting and such, but there are a lot of people on this forum who have a wealth of information and you can always come here and ask questions if you have any. Some one will have some answers for you. I enjoy looking at all the projects and the like and I too use the FD blades. I did buy a package of the Olson blades to try out, but like the FD better. So I put the Olson's aside so I have them when I get in a bind for blades. Sooo in a little bit after finishing a pizza, I'm going to go down and cut out a frame for a place mat holder. There is a pattern for a picture frame that has holly leaves and berries on it in the holiday issue of the SS mag and I blew it up to make a place mat holder with it and I'll post a picture when I get it done. Keep up the great work you are doing and remember , you will get some really nice projects out once you get more practice and it is a lot of fun to see how things turn out. Have a great day Fay... I've been scrolling since the middle of last Summer so not long at all. So still learning.
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Am I mistaken or did you sqy you sprayed the wood and applied the pattern? I spray the papttern and stick the pattern to the wood. and then roll out the pattern to remove any bubbles, no tape and I don't have the problem you mentioned...

My 2 cents for what it is worth. Good luck
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Thanks Fay! Good luck on the place mat holder. I'm thinking about doing a pattern I made up that has some holly above a bell with a name inside the bell. 'Tis the season I suppose!

HAMMER - I did spray the back of the pattern, let it tack up for a bit and then applied it to the piece of scrap wood. I just used my finger to push the bubbles out from under the pattern. I'll have to try a combination of the methods I've learned today on my next project.

I'm thinking spray pattern, let it tack up, apply to wood, use putty knife or credit card to smooth out bubbles, then clear tape and smooth it out again. We'll see how that goes!

Thanks again everyone for the encouragement and advice! Glad to find a place with such experienced and friendly people!
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Everyone has their own technique for putting the pattern on the wood. I differ with most of the above.
I don't like sticky on my wood (yea yea) I first put blue painters tape on the wood, I then put the pattern on top of that. No clear packing tape, the only time I use it is to hold a compound cutting together for the second cut.. The friction reducing qualities of the clear tape (or whatever it does) are taken care of by the blue.
When you are all done cutting you just peel off the blue tape no muss, no tape residue and no sawdust under the clear tape to mess with your view.
Does your saw take pin less blades? I use Olson blades almost exclusively for the stuff you cut a #2 or 3 ( I tend to use smaller blades than normal people.)

OH and by the way for your first cuts they look quite good. The tree has some tight "V" cuts and it looks very round, both cuts can be challenging.
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