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  • Intarsia..

    This is what I need to learn...

    how do you cut the pieces to fit so nicely?
    especially when your tiring to get the wood grains to go in different directions...

    I've been cutting one piece at a time and then forming them to fit together and sometimes this will throws off the whole project.
    nothing worse than cutting, forming, sanding, staining and then it doesn't quite fit when it's time to glue them all together...

    one of my patterns came with a little note about stacking the wood?

    I have been checking out some of the work other people have done and it seams that every piece fits so nicely..I thought my fish was good...

    more practice maybe?

    Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
    Fish are food, not friends!

  • #2
    I just read some threads on stacking...

    I guess I need to just play around a little and see what works..
    cutting one peice at a time isn't so bad after all..

    but I'm still intrested in any helpfull hints.

    Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
    Fish are food, not friends!


    • #3
      I just started an eagle intarsia and so far so good but its taken me a while to get them to fit right I had to do alot of sanding and ended up recutting several pieces . when you cut one piece ,use that edge to trace to do the next one , just trace around it on the next piece of wood to cut , the more practice the better youll get at it

      its not much but hope it helps

      "Everything Happens for a Reason"
      Craftsman 18in. 21609


      • #4
        you know...

        when I first started out scroll sawing I tried to find some good info on the net but it became too overwhelming...
        here it is a year and 1/2 later...I just veiwed to tutorials on Intarsia and it was one peice at a time..

        I just wish my pattern would get here. I'm going to be do an old pickup truck where you can see the seat and stearing wheel trough the windshild..

        one peice at a time...

        Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
        Fish are food, not friends!


        • #5
          Here are some sites that you will find a lot of information.
          And maybe even some free patterns

          And your intarsia is also very, very nice.
          Chuck D

          When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.
          Jean De La Bruyere...

          Hegner 18, Delta p-20, Griz 14 inch Band saw


          • #6

            One of our club members is going to Judy Gale Roberts Intarsia school. ( I am so jealous) It will be interesting to see what information and tricks he will bring back to us.

            I will be going to a Advanced scrolling class this summer presented by John Nelson.

            I think we all reach a point in or hobbies where we need a nudge or guidance from to take us to the next level. That is where I think a club is so beneficial I find that we are constantly challenging each other. I look at others work and see that their lines are a little straighter, the curves smoother, the Intarsia gaps smaller. Makes me challenge myself to do better.
            Just look at the quality and beauty of the work on this site.

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            And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association


            • #7
              trout sanding and fitting is a big part of it BUT use a good stable blade I like Mike's #7&9's polars little ruff on the bottom but stright edges .



              • #8
                Trout: I think your work is pretty good already. but I was wondering , do you get Scroll Saw Work Shop, magazine. also Creative Woodworks & Crafts. these are both great magazines. with lots of great patterns with each issue. lots of intarsia prjects. with lots of impho on how to make them. Also Fox Chapale has lots and lots of great books. your friend Evie


                • #9
                  I just started scrolling about 6 months ago and got right into intarsia. I like working with different color woods and grain patterns. I did a lot of reading on the subject - this forum, web sites and library books etc. before diving in.

                  Yes, getting the pieces to mate properly is a requirement but a super tight fit is not super critical for a nice result. The technique I use is to cut out each piece of my pattern on 1/16 plexiglass. Keep the paper pattern piece glued to the plexi and place it on the selected piece of wood in the direction relative to the required grain direction. Pencil around the plexi on the wood and then cut the wood piece out. Where possible, after you cut each ajacent piece, place the wood pieces together and simply run your saw (with a #5 or #7) along the mating edge to get rid of any slight imperfections.

                  I commonly use 3/4 inch wood for all of my pieces. I cut them to mate properly (as described above) before any raising, lowering, sanding, shaping or finishing.

                  As I am sure you realize, the above technique requires that all sides of each piece be cut at 90 degrees to the table so that a "perfect" fit will be achieved.

                  I have admired your work that you posted. I have done some intricate intarsia that you can see in my gallery. I currently have 3 other intarsia projects on the go.

                  Welcome aboard fellow intarsian.

                  Scrolling satisfies the passion for intricate creativity. My saw is an Excalibur EX21.


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