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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Here We Go Again...

 The first thing that you do is scribble all over the back of your drawing...

Then you put that against a piece of wood. Twice.

For the front you trace over all of the lines.  For the back, just the outer edges.

Then, if you are crazy like me, you put a new blade in your exacto knife and get to work.

If you can find the extra blades for your jig saw or your jeweler's saw, then you use that.

I have been using the same blades for both for more than a year.  I can't find the extra blades... I have a feeling that, being very thin and small, they went into the garbage somewhere along the line.

Actually, for years, when I first started, I cut all of my wood with the exacto.  I seem to get more accurate cuts with it. 

The shelves haven't been cut to size yet.  I still need to decide where I want them.

The illustration board was cut in 1" wide strips and then rolled on my thigh.  I know that sounds strange, but it works.  If you put the piece of  illustration board on your thigh and roll it with a rolling pin or even with a glue bottle, it will curve without breaking the fibers.  Nice smooth curve... I doubt that it would work with wood.

That is all I am going to do on this project today.  I have other things to do. Tomorrow, I will get back to this. 

See you then.

7 comments:

Lucille said...

Thanks for all the tips, Casey! Nice, clean cuts! Of course, you are an expert cutter!

Troy said...

Looks like a fun piece.

Elizabeth S said...

The wood on thigh rolling TIP was one of the more curious ones that I have learned, and I shall have to give it a try one day. I wonder if it would also work using Mat Board?
Meanwhile, this little curio cabinet already has center stage, and It's going to be Wonderful! :))

Giac said...

Hello Casey,
I can't wait to see it assembled...it looks like it will be lovely! Thanks for the great tip about using your thigh (that sounds odd, but you know what I mean)
Big hug,
Giac

Caseymini said...

Elizabeth, I don't think that it would work with wood! I meant the mat board!

Karin Corbin said...

A lovely sharp knife blade is a miracle among tools if it also fits your hand nicely.
The power tools most beginners start out with are rarely made with the quality and accuracy of a decent knife blade. No one can make great cuts with them. It wasn't your fault you could not cut accurately with those other tools.

Caseymini said...

Karin, I agree with you! If I want accuracy, I always leave the saws out of the equation! Nothing beats a new knife blade.