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    I cut Sue Mae's Valentine cross from 3/16 ply. I actually stack cut three of them. My idea was to glue red felt on the back. It kind of worked. Its pretty fragile and one has cracked. I am looking for any ideas to use as a backer. Thanks

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    Are you saying one of the crosses cracked? For very delicate pieces I my backers out of mat board or Baltic Birch plywood. Felt is too soft to protect. Make sure to apply glue to all areas.
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      I have used picture Mat board. without any problems.

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        I always use a wood backer. 1/8, 1/4" ply, luan, hardboard or I plane something a thin as my planer goes. 3/32". I don't care for felt but wood apply it to the backer if I ever were to use it.
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        • #5
          I am using Michael's foam board for backers, most of the time. They used to have a stiff felt board, that I used, but, they don't carry it any more. My pieces usually are 1/8 or 1/4 inch ply, so don't have a problem with breaking or cracking. Good Luck
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            Originally posted by ubgoofy2003 View Post
            I am using Michael's foam board for backers, most of the time. They used to have a stiff felt board, that I used, but, they don't carry it any more. My pieces usually are 1/8 or 1/4 inch ply, so don't have a problem with breaking or cracking. Good Luck

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              I use a painted 1/8" veneered mdf. I use Tite Bond molding & trim glue on the back of the portrait and then lay it onto the mdf and add a little weight on top or clamp it with spring clamps and let dry overnight. It dries clear and has a fast tack and set time. You probably would not need to let it dry over night but that is just me. I then just trim the edges at an angle with the scroll saw. It really makes a delicate cutting more solid and stable. Steve
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