Wood Name Plaque scrolling process by Half A Bubble Off Woodworking
It starts with a design
The first step is designing a pattern that tells about
the person…in this case Pat is an exquisite quilter….
Stick the pattern to the wood…
Once we agree on a pattern, I print it out and glue it to the type of wood you
requested. The adhesive is easily removed later and using the print out
ensures that the final product looks like the pattern. Well, using the paper
pattern combined with my ability to follow the lines ensures it anyway...
Depending on the board size, I often have to make a
quick cut around the pattern to make it a manageable
Drilling the pattern holes
Then I have to drill an access hole for each area that
needs to be cut out. It’s important for me to be sure I’m
drilling on the correct side of each line….so that I don’t
have to add pictures of me starting over….
Cuttin’ the plaque
Then its back to the saw where I have to thread the blade through each
of the little holes and cut away the relief areas of the pattern. Many
patterns have 50 to 100 individual areas that must be cut this way and
accuracy is very important as the areas are small and missing the line
would lead to the “do-over” pictures I mentioned earlier…
Keep going until it’s all cut out
I just keep going until all of the inner areas are cut out and then I cut
around the outside of the pattern. Its shown here completely cut out
with the paper pattern still attached.
All that’s left is to finish up…
After it’s all cut out, then I remove the pattern, sand as needed, build and
attach a base. I very seldom use any stain as I believe the beauty of the wood
is part of the allure…and staining all of the little holes is a pain in the butt…so
I use a clear finish to show off the wood selection.