A look at it back lit. Spent an hour assessing how I was going to cut the perimeter and then I set about doing it.
Here I show that the top of the salmon head is finished. That section with the mouth is quite flexible at this point in the cutting so be careful when you are moving your plywood around. If you noticed through the progression of photos that I started out with two pieces of 2×6 lumber across saw horses to act as my work table.
Found some time this weekend to work on the jigsaw project. Continued cutting the twists and turns of pattern. The idea of starting in from the center and working outwards seems to be a good idea. I also starting scoring the lines with a sharp blade. This will help prevent the blade from splintering the edge while cutting. Same as if you were cutting a veneered hollow core door, score the line then cut with the saw, makes for a clean edge.
From scrollsaw to jigsaw… working with a normal 8.5 x 11 inch scrollsaw pattern to produce a large scale Forest Leaf project.
The Mission: To convert scrollsaw patterns to jigsawing patterns.
The Total Cost: $26 materials
Total Time: 13 hrs