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Now that we have the outer edges finished, we're going to need to make pilot holes for the scroll saw with 1 small drill bit. I used my 6/32 bit since it was already in my Dremel.

Once the holes are finished, we can feed the blade through them to cut out the inner image.  I had to make two holes in each section, since I am using a blade which has pins.  If I used non-pin blades it would take a little longer to get the tension set, but I would only need a single hole for the blade.

 

Once the holes are finished, we can feed the blade through them to cut out the inner image.  I had to make two holes in each section, since I am using a blade which has pins.  If I used non-pin blades it would take a little longer to get the tension set, but I would only need a single hole for the blade.

I cut out the sections in small pieces to ensure that I didn't get over confident and screw up.  I spent more time hitting ctrl-z as I filled in the outer ring on the other design which you'll see at the end.

For the cutting, I used a slow speed and about 1/4 power.  This let me move along at my own pace with and kept the acrylic from jumping.  If you were using metal, you'd want to use a faster speed to keep the edges from bending while cutting.

Here's the first part all cut out and I'm ready to move on to the next section.  Repeat the procedure of cutting small sections starting from the center and moving towards the edge first by making a point and finishing with the flat side of the blade against the final edge.

Acrylic makes a lot of dust, and while the air hose keeps some of it out of your way, you do tend to have to blow on the piece to clear it off as you move along.  Here I am finishing up the third part and moving on to the final section.




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