A Time-Saving Tip for Transferring Fretwork Patterns

Generally when you begin any type of fretwork project, you will want to first start with the right choice of a pattern to use for the object that you plan to be making.

Some fretwork patterns you might have in your pattern collection might include some you have acquired in a number of different ways. Some patterns you have, might have come from a pattern book you have purchased, some you could have acquired from one of many woodworking groups online, and others could be prize patterns that you have created yourself.

No matter which way you have acquired the pattern that you plan to use, you will need to choose a method in transferring the pattern onto the particular piece of wood that you plan on using.

There are many individuals who go through a very frustrating procedure in how they get their pattern transferred to a piece of wood. They simply take out a sheet of carbon paper, a plain piece of paper, and a pencil or a pen. When you trace a pattern in this manner, this process is not only a very tedious one, but it is a process that takes a very lengthy amount of time to complete.

You can save a tremendous amount of time and a whole lot of frustration by simply buying a can of spray adhesive. Before you begin going through the steps of transferring the pattern onto your wood, you will want to make sure the wood surface is clean and smooth, free of any sawdust or other material. You will then want to make a photo-copy of your original pattern, so as not to use the original and end up without a copy of it at all, when you are done making your project. Cut around the outer edges of the photo-copied pattern, cutting away any excess paper, to get it out of your way. Then you should lightly spray the back of the photo-copied pattern that you just finished cutting away the excess paper from. Spraying just enough adhesive spray so that it feels tacky to the touch. Let it sit for approximately 30 seconds, then apply this directly onto the wood surface that you plan to cut your pattern from.

Following these simple steps will save you time, and now you are ready to drill your holes and begin finishing your project.

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