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    I am about to start stacking some wood for a lady who likes frogs I am using 1/2 baltic birch plywood, what would be a good method of holding the wood together? I am considering stapling the wood together along the outside edge does anyone have better suggestions? TIA
    Daryl S. Walters Psycotic scroller with a DeWalt 788

  • #2
    Lots of methods......

    Tape around the edge,

    Tape across the top, over the side and to the bottom - also helps hold the pattern down,

    Double-sided tape between pieces,

    Hot glue drops between pieces,

    Nails in internal cutouts - those are cutout last (blunt the tips or you'll scratch you table DAMHIKT)

    I'm sure folks will chip in with more!
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    • #3
      That works fine, just watch that the staples don't scratch the table.
      I like to wrap the edges of my stacks with painters tape.
      Another thing you can do is use a hot glue gun to glue the edges.
      You can peel it off when it is done.

      There was a thread on here where someone used the glue dots, that scrapbooks use.
      I bought a box but I haven't tried it yet. It sounds very promising
      CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
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      • #4
        My preference is Double Sided tape, I find carpet layers tape the best as it does not leave a glue residual!

        Tony Ward

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        • #5
          I wrap around the outer edges with masking tape, and it works good for me. At 1/2 inch BB ply, I would only stack two together. dale
          Dale w/ yella saws

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          • #6
            Depending on the thickness of the wood I'm stack cutting I'll use either tape around the edges or staples in the edges. There are so many different ways to do it, and they are all good ideas. It's just up to you to figure out which one suits you best.

            One other suggestion, use sharp blades, keep them tensioned good. and cut a little slower. I had one of my first stack cut projects come out with different size inside cuts because my blade was a little loose and I was cutting faster than I should have been.

            The only other problem I seem to have with stack cutting is getting my blade holes to go straight down through the wood. When I use my drill press everything is fine. But since I have a small benchtop model there are usually some holes I have to do by hand and they almost always come out at a bit of an angle. I'm getting better, but it's still frustrating when it happens to contact pattern line on the bottom board.

            The best advice everybody always gives here is to keep practicing and be patient. And have fun!
            Jim
            DeWalt DW788 & Dremel 1680

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            • #7
              wow thanks everyone for all the ideas I had no idea there were so many different ways of holding stacks together, I am heading down to start sawing as soon as I get done here and grab some breakfast I'll let ya know how it turns out
              Daryl S. Walters Psycotic scroller with a DeWalt 788

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              • #8
                Do you Meen you are stack cutting 1/2 each pieces or all together. 1/2 " well if you are stacking 1/2 " ply wood on top of 1/2 " plywood thats pretty thick. I hot glue. but only on the sides. and i like to glue all the way down and around. and use spring clamps along the way tell it dryes. (very fast hear) this does hold tight. but don't know how big the project is wide. maybe you do need to put some brads in the waist wood in the middale , a few places. one of the things you need to do there tough , is make sure when you get your brad most the way through. you have a piece of mettale of something hard enouph to stop the brad from going through. an you wont it to dull so it wont scratch your scrollsaw tablae. tapeing is good too. your friend Evie Wow 1/2" ply stacked thats thick. hope you are useing a big enouph blade too. it will dull fast becouse of the glue in the plywood. maybe i got it rough. anyway. good luck

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                • #9
                  yeah Evie I stacked two 1/2 pieces of baltic birch ply together, it was my 1st attempt at stacking, I used a reverse skip tooth so I wouldn't get any tear out on the bottom piece and yes I did dull a lot of blades, I broke 1 (been a while there lol) took a total of 4, anyway I got the frogs done they look great had judt a little chipping but otherwise I am quite happy with the turnout pictures to come (lots of them) soon as I can d/l the camera and figure out how to post them
                  Daryl S. Walters Psycotic scroller with a DeWalt 788

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                  • #10
                    Stacking 1/2 inch ply, thats a tough way to start. I use nails in the waste areas. It is the simplest for me.
                    Rolf
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Daryl185
                      yeah Evie I stacked two 1/2 pieces of baltic birch ply together, it was my 1st attempt at stacking, I used a reverse skip tooth so I wouldn't get any tear out on the bottom piece and yes I did dull a lot of blades, I broke 1 (been a while there lol) took a total of 4, anyway I got the frogs done they look great had judt a little chipping but otherwise I am quite happy with the turnout pictures to come (lots of them) soon as I can d/l the camera and figure out how to post them
                      Wow Daryl. now thats 1" of plywood. you go guy. i see you got her done.
                      ho ho. now are you ready for some smaller thicknesses. I bet your hands are tired from all that bouncing around. how big was the project? and what size blade did you use. I can't wait to see the end result. tell us all about it. I for one. couse thats not something i wont to try. Buuuutttt. who knows. maybe with your exsperence. i will. thanks . like I said before, we can all learn from someone. your friend Evie I bet you tink i am kidding. well i am not. thats a feet. for real.

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