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    What blade size and wood thickness do you guys use or recommend to scroll portraits? I have a portrait of my son I would like to scroll.
    Thank you for your suggestions.

    Brian

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    Well I can say alot of portrait people like to use spiral blades. Being I do not do portraits I can only give you what I have read. 1/4" Baltic Birch plywood and use whatever blade is confortable to use. No bigger than a #5. A portrait is like any other piece there is no set rules for blade size, wood size, or how and if you frame it. Wish I could be more help to you.
    John T.

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    • #3
      John pretty much answered it. While there are few "experts" who claim you have to use spirals to cut a portrait, this is just BS. Use whatever type blades you're comfortable with. You can cut it out of any wood you like. For my business, I typically use 1/8" BB and #3 FD-SR blades, note that I cut these though in stacks of 5 or 6. You can cut a portrait out of anything you like. I've cut them in 3/4" hardwoods (you can use a nice slab and get a wonderful look to the cutting), 1/2" woods, 1/4" woods.
      For the Portrait Freedom project, all portraits are cut in 1/4" BB or Oak ply.

      Kevin
      Kevin
      Scrollsaw Patterns Online
      Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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      • #4
        brians, I have cut several portraits and many scenic pictures. I use 1/8" Finnish birch with 1/8" luan plywood as a backer. I use a 2/0 28 t.p.i. blade. Very seldom do I stack cut. I would suggest you try different blades until you find the one that works best for you. Mick
        Mick, - Delta P-20

        A smile is a small curve that straightens everything out.

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        • #5
          Thank you all for your help and suggestions .
          I am gonna give it a shot.
          Brian

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          • #6
            One other question
            I have some small areas to cut. The 1/16 drill bit may be too big, could some one suggest other way to start a pilot hole for the blade. I was thinking something like a pushpin, but I am not sure, or I could incorporate the drill hole into the cutout area so you could no longer see it.
            Thanks for helping the new guy.

            Brian

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            • #7
              You can get the small numbered bits here
              http://www.sloanswoodshop.com/drill_bits.htm
              As well as the pin chuck to fit in your drill press for the very tiny ones.
              Fred

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              • #8
                You can also get them from Mike at www.mikesworkshop.com your one stop shopping for scrollsaw needs. You can try to cut the head off a neele and give it a go.
                John T.

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                • #9
                  ? about scrolling a potrait

                  Brian, if you are in a hurry for the bits many hobby shops, especially those that sell model trains, carry the numbered bits. Merry Christmas....Scott
                  Scott
                  Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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