In this indestructable I will teach you, specifically how to make an image of a wolf, but through this project you will learn the fundamentals that will allow you to make more and more intricate designs as your skill progresses.
Step 1: Material/Tools Necessary
This project requires all of the materials/tools listed below.
- Scroll saw
- Glue stick
Baltic birch plywood ⅛
Black paint or spray paint
Band saw/Table saw are also useful but not necessary (your scroll saw will work fine as well)
Step 2: Attach the Template
Use the glue stick to stick the template to the workpiece. Make sure to lay it out evenly and press it down smoothly from one side to the other, to make sure that there are no air bubbles or creases.
Step 3: Drill Holes for the Blade
Drill a hole in the section of the workpiece that you want to remove. Make sure that the hole is significantly larger than the blade you are using.
Step 4: Remove and Remount Blade
In Order to cut out a shape from the inside of workpiece you need to start cutting from the inside. Remove the blade from the saw and remount it with the blade through the hole in the workpiece.
Step 5: Cut Shape Out
Proceed to cut on the inside of the lines outlining the piece that you want to remove.
Step 6: Remove Workpiece
Remove the blade from the saw, and remove the workpiece from the saw before putting the blade back.
Step 7: Remove Template
Peel the template off of the workpiece, being careful to get all of it off of the wood.
Step 8: Sanding
Use a piece of sandpaper to smoothen the cut edges, going over each edge multiple times. The face of the workpiece, that had the template on it will need to be sanded to remove any leftover glue and to smooth the surface for painting. This is best done with a palm sander, but if you don’t have access to one of these you can still do a good job by hand sanding.
Step 9: Painting
Lay out your workpiece on a sacrificial board, or a piece of cardboard. Apply several coats of paint, waiting until each layer is dried before applying the next layer, until you have a solid color. Be sure to do this step outside or in a well ventilated area. (warning: the use of sprayable paint in an enclosed space is toxic and may lead to sickness, injury or death)
Step 10: Apply Background
For this step you need to be very careful to only apply glue to the backside of the workpiece. Once this is done, delicately place another board on the glued side of the workpiece. Make sure not to move the board around on the workpiece at all so that there is no glue on the visible parts of the board. Let the glue dry under pressure so that the two boards stay together properly. Lastly cut off the excess wood around the edges of the workpiece.
Step 11: Finished Product
The finished product is a beautiful decoration that will improve the aesthetics of any room. You now also have the necessary knowledge and techniques needed to make the most advanced designs possible. If you want to make this project, here is the template that I used. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a6/71/89/a671891de0cce893817377095371fcbf.jpg