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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 11-24-2019 04:18 PM 384 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lesson in how not to find a pattern. The second picture shows a very small cross I found in a book and used Rapid Resizer to enlarge it to about 10 inches tall…too blurry to work with at 10 inches tall. You can see how blurry it is and did make extra work tracing around it to give me a line kinda to follow…. I used 3/8” maple and 1/2” Baltic Birch stacked them with a piece of wax paper in between to lub the blade hoping it makes the blades last longer?? The pattern was only 1/2” when I started.
The better way to find a pattern is look at which has many many crosses and to save it to your computer make it the biggest picture of the one you want to save then it will be lots clearer to use.. I use a program Rapid Resizer to enlarge and reduce patterns. Once the pattern is in my computer I bring up Rapid Resizer and tell it what I want done with the picture. The original pattern was maybe too thin and might be too easily damaged to I traced around it to be in the neighborhood of 5/16” wide? I used a # 5 Flying Dutchman blade which I have found are easier to control than others, but this is my opinion. Also you will need a printer connected to your computer. The one I use is a Canon # MG2522. You will see it is the very cheapest printer Walmart sells. 20.00 when I bought it about 3 or 4 months ago.. But also if you just want to buy patterns okay but at least if you don’t have a printer to make more copies of that same pattern for later on if someone else wants you to make more of what ever it is you are making then off to an office supply you should take that pattern and have them make a few copies of you pattern…. cost a few cents a page and file the original pattern away for later use… Any Questions?

-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 11-24-2019 04:30 PM

I kinda exaggerated spacing the nails holding the two pieces of wood together to show what I do…. I do pre drill my holes with a few thousands smaller drill bit than what the finish nail measures, number one to make sure the nails don’t split the wood and to make removing the nails easier for sometimes the nails have to be real close to you finished work. Someone said they couldn’t find and patterns for a scroll saw so check out The Wooden Teddy Bear for they have more patterns than one can make in a life time so check them out.

-- Jess Littlefield

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