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Picture of Penguin Scroll Saw Puzzle

Traaaaaaaa tra tra tra tra tra traaaaaaaaaaaaa [enter fanfare here] Please welcome...our nameless mascot. :(

This little Alantics mascot is (as you can see) a penguin jigsaw puzzle, stained beautifully (even if I say so myself!). I received a scroll saw for my 11th birthday and thus was the birth of an ark of jigsaw animals.

These animals really took off when our school did an 'earn and learn'. What 'earn and learn' is, is a program where each student (or group of students) are required to set up a 'business' for a term. At the end off the assignment they open this 'business' to the wider community and sell REAL things with REAL money (and then donate it to charity). It was very exciting - back then. And we made heaps of money. (For primary school kids, that is!)

So, today, I want to share our new mascot with you. Happy crafting!

Step 1: Source Your Timber

Picture of Source Your Timber

Ok, so, the first step is to get your wood. You can skip this step if you want but you might need to give up because I can’t see you making one of these without wood.

My wood was 2cm thick treated pine and I got it from the local hardware store. You can use thinner stuff if you want an easier cut. I wouldn’t recommend going any thicker than 2cm because it becomes hard to cut with a scroll saw, and you get kinda sore arms. I used treated pine because I knew that most of the penguin was going to be stained, and from experience treated pine stains really well. You could use something lighter in colour if you want a more contrast in the stain, for example, Aspen is really pail. This would mean the penguin would look more black and white, than cream (wood is going to be oiled) and black.

Sorry, I don’t know how much this cost because I bought the wood quite a while ago, it wasn’t too expensive from memory.

Like your work here - Tip if you stick masking tape to the wood first the spray mount the paternity the tape the clean up is much much quicker and easier especially fior delicate pieces
-Atlantics- (author)  daniel_scott21 days ago
Yes ok, see where you are coming from, good idea, will use this tip in future projects. Thanks!
Yes not sure about my spelling though son auto correct issues there ! It should say spray mount the template onto the masking tape! Use plenty and it works a treat. I broke many a delicate pieces before discovering this technique.
-Atlantics- (author)  daniel_scott20 days ago
haha! the two things I dislike the most!
- autocorrect
- breaking small pieces during projects
Really nice to spend time here, hope comes many more from you.
-Atlantics- (author)  adwords.gmpr20 days ago
About staining wood to get black: you've done the experiment and come to the right conclusion.
I've done some research on ebonizing, and unless you like working with nasty solutions or want the streaky effect you can end up with, black acrylic spray lacquer is the way to go. You get blacker than real ebony, and your wallet will thank you. I recently priced some Macassar Ebony, and it goes for around US$265 per board foot.
-Atlantics- (author)  Time_and_Turning21 days ago
*phew*, glad to be notified about what I was doing wrong with the staining and how to fix it because it was quite frustrating, thanks for the feedback and helpful tips!
I love it. My daughter, who collects penguin things, may just get one of these, made on her scrollsaw, which still lives in my shop. [Gumby, if you see this, mum's the word, please]

But I must comment on two things:
Using a screwdriver to open cans should be discouraged, for a number of reasons, including damaging the screwdriver (maybe not so bad if you know how to repair them, I do, or you can return them to the vendor who sold them to you claiming warrantee issues. Be prepared for a fight there) and sending the business end through your fingers. Use something designed for that purpose.
You mention using treated wood. I don't know what is used where you are, but here in the USA often treated wood involves the use of nasty chemicals (if they're not good for fungi and insects, they're not good for you) which can be absorbed through the skin or the membranes of your nose, throat and lungs. Some of these have halflives of many years, which means the damage is cumulative and semi-permanent.
I'm thinking I might use cabinet grade plywood, or maybe luan subflooring, or solid core poplar plywood (or some of that 1/2" S4S poplar that's been sitting around in my shop for a couple of years)

-Atlantics- (author)  Time_and_Turning21 days ago
Thanks for the handy tips, not a pro yet so I will take these into consideration with future products! With the screwdriver, if you use a old screw driver, it kinda doesn't matter if you know what I mean, but you have got a point about the fingers ;)
Be sure to send through a picture once you have finished your project, we would love to see it!
zakbobdop22 days ago
It's Pingu's Australian cousin!
-Atlantics- (author)  zakbobdop22 days ago
ha ha! thanks!
That's so well done! Looks lasercut. The Earn and Learn program sounds like a wonderful idea too :D
-Atlantics- (author)  jessyratfink22 days ago
LOL, I wish it was lasercut! Thanks for the compliment!