"His Presence" Christmas Plaque

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Project by Keith Fenton posted 12-05-2014 06:32 PM 2150 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 4th project I have made in this style (As you can see in the photos). This time I decided to use much fancier fonts which needed a lot of reworking to be clean and scroll-able. Cutting the small letters was not as hard as I feared it would be, and not really much harder than the other simpler font.

The plaque is a self-framing plaque which means it was all cut from one piece of wood (not counting the backer). I use a bevel cut around the inside of the frame. When you use the correct angle for the bevel cut, your inside section can recess partially into the frame as you can see in the photos.

When cutting the lettering, since the slits are so narrow, you want to cut the inside edge of a curve before the outside edge whenever possible. This way your blade will be much less likely to jump into your previous kerf as you come around to do the second edge. You also have to try to cut the innermost areas before removing support from that area when you are working is an intricate letter.

These 3 photos show the cutting of one of the more detailed small letters:

I start in the ball and proceed along the inside edge. Since it has a lot of support right now, that little pointy area is not going to break even though the grain is going across.

Then I come back down the other side. I want to cut this part of the letter first instead of continuing around the whole letter so that I do not have to cut up in the underside of the top of the letter after removing support from that area.

I then go down on the inside edge of the other half. Again, I go in this direction so that I am not cutting up in there after removing support from the area.

If you like these designs, the patterns can be had on our site (link in my sig). Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 06:52 PM

Great job of scrolling Keith. Not sure I understand info on the bevel cut…you say it’s once piece of wood except for the backer. Did you cut out the area of the lettering and glue it back on?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 12-05-2014 07:14 PM

Very nice Keith


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 12-05-2014 07:20 PM

Thanks Jamie!

Hawaiilad – Yes, if you cut it at an angle, the inner section can be pressed back into the frame afterwards. The angle of the cut and the thickness of your blade will determine how far back that the piece will set. (With wood about a 1/2” thick, and a #3 blade, around a 4 degree angle will work. You just have to make sure you angle it in the right direction otherwise you will actually have a raised piece instead of recessed.)

Sheila has a video explaining it in more detail here:

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#4 posted 12-05-2014 09:01 PM

Great projects. Definitely an inspiration to scrollers to get scrolling ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 11:15 PM

Very nice Projects indeed Keith! Well done also. Thanks for Posting and all of the details.

Regards: Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 11:53 PM

Beautiful plaques, Keith. I love the fonts you used in the Christmas one. Great explanation on the cutting method.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#7 posted 12-06-2014 04:00 PM

Very nice indeed, project, details, and appropriate subject material for this time year!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#8 posted 12-06-2014 04:31 PM

Great work!

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#9 posted 12-06-2014 05:45 PM


-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#10 posted 12-07-2014 01:06 AM

All fantastic Keith! You do some awesome scrolling

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Keith Fenton

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#11 posted 12-07-2014 01:20 AM

Thanks a bunch, guys!

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