Thursday, 16 October 2014

Manor House scroll saw

After pottering and silk painting, it was time for a wood work class at The Manor House Hotel.  We were to use a machine to cut out a piece of wood.  This is a scroll saw.  Mr CA (who is a trained wood machinest type person) says it's not a scroll saw, it's a fret saw.  I don't care what it's called.


It is not a machine that you programme, then sit down with a cuppa, it's a hand-guided machine. Much like a sewing machine except there is no foot pedal, the needle is a blade and no thread is involved.  It's bloody good fun.  We started with practice pieces, triangles and curves.


Then moved on to our patterns.  I chose a bunny.  What a surprise.  The pattern was spray glued to the wood, then it put it in the machine and followed the line to cut it out.


Simple!  Actually, it was.  I found it quite easy and was pleased with what I did.  Mum wasn't so happy with it and screamed "help! help!" the entire time the machine was running!  Here's Mr. Bunny.  I tidied him up with some sandpaper.


Then I oiled him with Danish oil.  He's made from poplar and I chose a uniform piece as the colours vary through the wood from a light wood colour (descriptive, I know) to green.  The tutor then drilled a hole through him for me.


He gave us some clock parts and I put him together when I got home.  How cute!  I think I'll hang him above my computer.



More woodworking in the next post - we move on to picture framing.


First time on a scroll saw - so I'm linking to Something New for 2014


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11 comments:

Sarah in Stitches said...

That is amazing! I can't believe you made that yourself, it looks like you bought him at a store. Great job! :D

Flickenstichlerin said...

Oh how neat, lovely bunny, looking forward to your frame.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Pam @Threading My Way said...

That's so cool, Wendy!!!

Christine Altmiller said...

This is fantastic! It hardly looks like your first time, so you must have just taken to it so well. You have a knack for producing wonderful bunnies :-)

Sandra :) said...

I'm not sure what a fret saw is, but that looks an awful lot like my scrollsaw :D Your bunny is cute - and makes a great clock!

pennydog said...

Laughing at your mum, I can totally picture that :D It reminds me of my school woodworking class this, I had to make a wooden toy with moving parts though, not quite as useful. Is it thick enough to stand up rather than hang? You got a really nice flat line going on the base.

Christine said...

That is lovely!

ukcitycrafter said...

Brilliant clock!

Rachel said...

My sympathies are with your Mum. That's how I feel when I'm using a sewing machine!

CeLynn said...

Love your cute little bunny clock. Great first too!

Jane Galley said...

That looks fun, and a wonderful clock