Once upon a time when I was a kid an move to the house where I actually live in the garden use to be a old cherry plum tree it dies in a mole attack, the log where chopped and have been lying in the garden for about 15 years until the last week when I decided to immortalize that tree in a tie there was very little usable wood to work so i where thinking in a very visible project that uses little wood, most part of the log have big cracks but before 15 years the inside wood where fine and it doesn't have rotten even with all the rain and moisture that tells me that is an amazing wood.
Also nothing scream I'm a woodworker like a wooden tie XD
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Step 1: The Log
The log where lying around the garden for about 15 years as you see its very cracked and maybe not much of the wood will be usable because of the cracks but no where i found its rotten so lets start
Step 2: Resawing
Resawing the wood on the tablesaw its dangerous and maybe a not very good idea so i will not enter to much in the topic if you have a bandsaw it will be a better choice, if you use a table saw use you will need a jig it will be necessary and when finishing you will need a zero clearance insert plate,
To cut it to the final with 1/8 inch I most part of the time cut it between the blade and the fence must people will call to the safety patrol and say me that its very dangerous and it will cause kickback, I have cut my own veneer many times this way to have a consistent piece with no problem but I have to admit still dangerous. Repeat if you have a bandsaw and a planer use it to make this but if not , at least follow basic safety rules
Use safety glasses
The blade shouldn't be taller than the fence so its not exposed
Use two push sticks long ones and the one that push the material should be the with of the veneer to keep pushing the entire travel
Keep out of the line of cut, so if it get trapped between the fence and the blade it will trow it to the back flying and it doesn't punch you
Use a riving knife and a zero clearance plate
And Please USE YOUR COMMON SENSE
Use the technique you feel more safe for you
Step 3: The Boards to Veneer Sanding
Once you have your dimensioned lumber turned into your veneer sand it now one we start scrolling and gluing it will not be posible anymore.
Sand all burning marks , the cherry plum I'm using it burns a lot and its very hard and it take a lot of sanding
Step 4: The Design
I design it in a CAD program then printed to 1:1 scale and glue it with spray adhesive, I needed to print in 2 sheets and align it
Step 5: Scrolling
Lets take out that Dremel motosaw I don't use it to much but I love that it takes almost no space when stored, also I installed a foot pedal switch in my workbench to plug my mototool or my drill press or in this case my scrollsaw it comes very helpful
Step 6: Keep It Organized
I printed another copy of my plans aligned them and put pieces of double sided tape, so every piece i cut its placed in the position it helps to keep the wood grain aligned and it looks better, paste the better side facing the paper because the upper side will be the one glued to the fabric tie. also write numbers in the scroll part and in the paper to keep it in the correct order when sticking them its easy to confuse the position
Step 7: Almost There Test Glues
Now you have your patter ready test different glues to the fabric and the wood , yellow wood glue was fine but is weak with the small parts after testing a cyanoacrilate glue the one in the last photo where the best holding power.
Step 8: Mark Your Pattern
Select your fabric a tought one will be best to be more rigid. mark your contour with chalk then trace a consistent equidistant line along all the pattern this will be folded and sew
Step 9: Sew It
Fold the outside line and sew it , add tubular rope in the ends so to put it around your neck, Elastic cord will be a better idea but in that moment i don't have any.
Add some velcro in the ends
Step 10: Wear It
Be proud of your project and wear it, In the end it looks awesome after 3 coats of minneral oil, its a wood that tends to be between red and brown a very nice color,.
Thanks for checking my project
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