Esperanto Jesus Cross - My First Official Scroll Saw Project!

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 03-26-2016 11:20 PM 1618 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

This project connects three of my main interests. I’ve had this one in mind for a long time. It is also my first real project using the electric scroll saw that I recently received in exchange for a modest fee!

First I cut out the words, ‘Jesu al Jesuo.’ In Esperanto they translate as: ‘Say Yes to Jesus’. I used MS Word to create them and printed them out on paper. Then I manually cut them out and made them touch to create the pattern for the scroll saw. Before cutting I stuck the pattern to the wood, and covered it with transparent plastic tape.

Then I made the cross-shaped frame. I figured out the size by putting the letters down and measuring around them. For the frame, I recycled wood from a broken picture frame that I was saving. I think it might be oak. The cutting was easily done with my table saw and miter jig.

I did The glue-up of the framework in steps, basically gluing matching pairs of parts until I just had to glue together two completed assemblies.

To hold the back on, I routed a rabbet in the frame to hold a cross-shaped piece of thin plywood. I don’t have a proper rabbeting bit, but I took the pilot bearing from another router bit that was smaller and used it on a larger straight bit. It worked well enough for this. Then I glued the back piece into the rabbet.

I then painted it all with black spray paint and let it dry. That was followed by sanding off the paint on only the faces of the letters and the frame. With that done, I glued the letters in the frame. A few final sprayings of lacquer finished things up.

I think the black sides and sanded faces gives a dramatic look to this project. I really like it. It’s now hanging on the wall of our living room.

Happy Easter, Everyone.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 03-27-2016 12:19 AM

Very nice Dave. Great job on the scroll work!
Happy Easter to you and your family.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 03-27-2016 12:55 AM

Looks like it came out great! I like how the letters seem to float inside the frame!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 03-27-2016 01:49 AM

Looks like it came out great! I like how the letters seem to float inside the frame!

- Mean_Dean

The floating letters are definitely cool. They actually stand out beyond the frame as well.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 03-27-2016 02:18 AM

Very nice. Thank you for sharing the details of how you developed the project.

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#5 posted 03-27-2016 09:06 AM

Very nice cross and sign. Happy Easter.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 03-28-2016 11:11 AM

Nicely done first scroll saw project, Dave. Feels great to see a vision come to life, doesn’t it?
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 07-16-2016 11:47 AM

I just restored the photos for this project. Some kind of glitch had them not loading. I can’t guarantee they’re in the same order as before.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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