Scrolled Christmas Ornaments #1: Christmas Ornaments

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Blog entry by Allison posted 11-13-2008 05:57 AM 5754 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found an incredible deal before last Christmas while visiting my father down in southern Ca, at the La Mirada swap meet. 1/4 inch tongue and groove aromatic cedar. I would say I got around 25 pieces of it. They are all in 3 foot lengths .


Because of their size there has not been any ideas popping up in my head on what to do with it. However today looking through old pattern books I found a bunch of Christmas ornaments and immediately thought of this wood. After all how nice would Aromatic Cedar smell on a fresh Christmas Tree. It also appears to be lite enough that a small ornament would not weigh down the tree limbs.

The upper piece I have covered  with packaging tape. Then I have sprayed the paper patterns that I copied from the original patterns on my printer with spray adhesive spray and then placed them.

On the bottom of the upper pictures you can see I have put pieces of double sided carpet tape on the wood and trying to keep most of it from being underneath the paper patterns above when I place the top piece onto the bottom piece.This wood appears to not be warped and I am hoping this will hold. I use this method quite often especially on thin pieces such as these.

Now in the shop I drill out my starter holes. As you can see I have placed a couple of pieces of old pine I don’t plan on using in case of tear out. Quite frankly I am unsure if tongue and groove such as this will be less sturdy due to the, well——, tongue and groove! LOL!!!

So I drill out the starter holes for this one angel and I do think I will have to secure the two pieces together more securely as I feel slippage between the pieces. (I have only stack cut projects 2 other times besides this) so this is VERY new to me. The others were at least 1/2 inch thickness and for intarsia not scroll work!
This is the back of the angel and I am seeing some tear out.
Sooo I just had to see what this would look like had I NOT had the pine beneath it

Next post will be cutting it out and learning how I am going to secure it better. I can tell I will need to, yet I am hesitant about using any more packing tape but I just may. I also can tell now that this wood is dry, I mean SUPER dry. Maybe stack cutting may not work. I will see!

 Note: Even though it appears that I am wasting quite a bit of wood in between the ornaments, trust me, I am not. Intarsia is my passion and I will eventually use all small pieces in some project!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 11-13-2008 06:06 AM

These will look Great and smell nice, too!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-13-2008 07:14 AM

That’s one of the things I hate about working with cedar like that, is the dryness of it. Makes it almost unpleasant to work with at times. That said, it makes for nice finish work if you can control the tear out. I’ve never used packing tape as you are calling it on wood, only used a backing board even when using a brad tip bit.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 11-13-2008 04:25 PM


I’ve had good luck, with little tear out, using the type of brad point drill bit having the “lips” on the edge. They are more expensive, but very useful in woodworking.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 11-13-2008 06:11 PM

You’re talking my kind of language here, Allison! I’ve never not stacked pieces because of this very problem. I always attach a sacrificial piece of scrap plywood to the bottom, usually by nailing a few brads upward through all the pieces into the waste sections of the project. There’s always going to be some bust out in the bottom piece, if not from the drill, then from the scroll saw itself. It’s a good idea to put some masking tape on the bottom, over the nail heads, so they’ll slide over the hole in the scroll saw table. If the points stick through, so much the better, you can sometimes use them as little “handles” as you’re feeding the wood… I made a bunch of Christmas ornaments a couple years ago and gave them as gifts to coworkers and taped a few to presents but they were just made from thin plywood in most cases…As it happens, I’m just now, this morning, making a small box for a friend of mine’s wife out of some little scraps of Cedar that he gave me to play with. The shop is smelling very aromatic! Hope this helps and good luck and fun!! Michael C.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 11-14-2008 12:00 AM

Great use for some nice wood Allison. I won’t tell Odie about the tearout, our secret. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 11-14-2008 04:20 AM

CLAP, CLAP, CLAP … Author, Author … great so far … keep them coming beautiful.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#7 posted 11-19-2008 12:12 PM

Great idea! I can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Christina, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 01-25-2009 08:37 PM

How did the pieces turn out? Curious minds would like know. ;)

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#9 posted 01-25-2009 09:27 PM

I never finished them. After my Band saw incident EVERYTHING changed for me in the shop, I am ashamed to say. But I will finish them I just got my band saw back up and running. Thanks for asking. I guess I will be ahead of the game come next Christmas. LOL!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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