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Inexpensive Self-Adhesive Paper

Print your patterns directly onto inexpensive self-adhesive shelf liner paper.

Print your patterns directly onto inexpensive self-adhesive shelf liner paper.

Instead of paying for expensive self-adhesive paper or 81/2″ by 11″ labels, I make my own from a roll of clear or white shelf liner paper.

I found a 17″ by 24′ roll of shelf liner at a national retailer for about $5. I cut the roll into fifty-two 81/2″ by 11″ sheets. This reduces my cost to about $0.10 per sheet.

If you cut carefully, you can run the sheets through an ordinary copier or printer like any other sheet of paper. Peel the shelf liner paper off of the backing paper and stick it onto your blank. Unlike commercially available labels, the shelf liner is easy to remove after you’ve cut the pattern.

Frank Kaufer Jr.

Memphis, Ind.

SSWC Collector Set | Scroll Saw Workbook

Easier Feeding from the Bottom

To make it easier to feed a scroll saw blade through the blade-entry holes from the bottom of the blank, circle the hole with a red pen or chalk to give yourself a bulls-eye.

My trifocal glasses made it difficult to feed the blade through blade-entry holes. I ended up having three holes to choose from. To make it easier to thread the blade, I had a pair of single-focus glasses made at the prescription strength of the bifocal area on my regular trifocal glasses.

Lowell Kirkley

Temple, Tex.

Creating Wooden Boxes | Wildlife Portraits in Wood

Table Protection

Apply a coat of paste finishing wax to your scroll saw table. In addition to protecting the table from rust, the wax makes it easier to move and turn your projects. I find I can follow the line better with a waxed table. Buff the wax into the table with a clean rag or 0000 steel wool. Wipe off the excess with a paper towel or clean rag.

Roger Sprague

Falconer, N.Y.

MSM Set #1 | Setting Up Your Workshop