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So, I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to scroll saw and detail work. I am going to attempt to cut out some letters and inlay them into another piece of wood. I've done this in the past with larger more simple letters, but this time the letters are script and smaller.

The challenge as I see it is making sure the shape of the letters correspond with the cut out in the matching piece. My plan is to use spray adhesive to attach the template onto the wood for the letters. Then trace the letters onto the matching piece and cut the "female" piece.

Is it a bad idea to use spray adhesive like this? I don't know how well the paper template will come off the cut letters...I'm assuming I will have to sand a bit, which is ok.

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What I've done in the past is to use plain old 20# bond laser paper to print my template and then use watered down and thinned Titebond, probably 50/50 and it only takes a little bit, then apply that to the wood. It's easy to get off later by either a damp rag or light sanding.

Here's a sample of the last one I did that way -

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Btw, the paper was on there for about 20 years. I started the project and then moved and didn't have a shop where I could set up my scrollsaw. When I moved again and had a shop this sat on top of our freezer for nearly 10 years and then I remembered it was there and took it down to finish the project last year. The paper came off very easily.

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Very nice David.

I was just surfing for blades and see what they call a spiral blade. Do they work as good as they seem like they would? Sure seems like they would be nice for sharp corners.
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It will depend on how much glue you put on your template, too much and it will be a bear to remove, too little and the template will move, i have found that rubber cement works very well for what you will be doing, as to the spiral blades, they are kind of tricky to control so be aware, i personally don't like them but maybe thats just me.
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Hobby stores such as Hobby Lobby carry repositionable adhesives in spray cans. Easy to apply & easy to remove.


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Inset pieces can be made to fit tightly by stack cutting and setting the cut at a slight angle to the inside of the image so that it compensates for the blade kerf. This does take a bit of practice so do your youtube research and practice a while before tackling anything serious.
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Very nice David.

I was just surfing for blades and see what they call a spiral blade. Do they work as good as they seem like they would? Sure seems like they would be nice for sharp corners.
I have some spiral blades but don't use them often. I just don't care for the way they cut. My preference is just a thin tiny blade and drill holes in the corners for helping with turns.

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