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Another old-school pattern-transfer method uses double-sided adhesive tape to stick the paper pattern to the wood to be cut. This works great and does not discolor the wood.
Thought I might add a comment here. Instead of spray adhesive I use the old rubber cement that we used in kindergarten. The paper peels off easily when your done and the rubber cement left behind will roll up in a ball with your finger. You have clean fresh wood to work with. I also do a lot of relief carving and this process works great You can still buy this cement at most Arts & craft stores. I buy it buy the quart and put a small amt those plastic containers that are use for catsup, butter etc.Happy Crafting!
Another way is to print your mirrored pattern on transparent acetate sheet. Then apply it, face down, to the wood and squeegee it all over with a credit card, or similar.You do need to make sure it doesn't move, so I use sticky tape to hold it in place. On some surfaces, you may need to do it twice, making sure the two patterns line up, which isn't difficult, because the sheet is transparent.Since the inks doesn't get absorbed by the acetate sheet, you can use the same piece over and over again, by just rinsing it under the tap. - stackerjack
I don't understand why you couldn't use a jigsaw. Could someone please explain.The relief cuts are a good idea. - Ling1209
You certainly can use a jigsaw, but it will be much slower, especially when cutting thicker wood. Personally I find a jigsaw to be a pain to use because of having to lean over it to see where it is going, whereas a bandsaw gives great visibility. Also I don't tend to cut my bench as much with the bandsaw as I do with the jigsaw.You do have to be able to justify the cost difference. I just spent almost as much on a big bandsaw re-saw blade as I paid for my last jigsaw, however, slicing down 6" (15cm) by 6' (2m) logs into 4"X4" (10cm) would have been a chore with the jigsaw. - macshout
while using a jigsaw is great for thin wood, on thicker wood blade easily flexes and gives non 90 degree edges,also it has more likelyhood of blades grabbing the wood and jumping out of its supports - inventor2
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