"Bee Happy" Scroll Sawn Picture Frame With Segmentation Overlays

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-11-2010 03:04 PM 3344 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 9” x 9” picture frame that I designed which will be featured in an upcoming issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. The saying in the middle is scroll sawn, not painted on. The frame itself is made from pine, and the overlay pieces are made of maple. For the overlays, I used a process called ‘segmentation’ where each piece is cut individually and then shaped with a Dremel or other rotary tool, stained and then reassembled on a thin veneer backing. The pieces are then glued onto the frame. This is kind of like intarsia, but much easier because you cut the overlays from a single piece so the fitting is perfect every time.

I used SamaN water-based stain to color the project. It is one of my favorite products. It is odor-free and comes in approximately 35 colors and doesn’t raise the grain at all or leave overlap marks on larger items. I have had friends use it on entire kitchens with excellent results (NO – I don’t work for them and they don’t pay me – I just love the product!). They have a site at if you want to check them out. Their stains do cost a bit more, it seems, but if you have allergies or are sensitive to odors, you may want to give them a try.

I have a series of patterns I developed using this style which I call ‘Simple Segmentation’ because I think it is a great starting point for those who want to break into intarsia or don’t have access or means to purchase many types of exotic wood. I hope you enjoy seeing the project.

(The last picture in this series shows the turn buttons I made)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 03:48 PM

Lovely , Shiela. Nice to see the process in pics as well.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 04:49 PM

Hi Sheila.. This caught my eye..You did a great job. I really like this…Ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 04:52 PM

You Bee good at this. love it.

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 07:55 PM

Very good

I love It

A very good work

How many time to do this project ?

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 06-12-2010 03:10 AM

Beeeautiful! Such a nice looking project. Thanks for your shop pictures also.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#6 posted 06-12-2010 06:14 AM

Wow, awesome detail , looks really nice.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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