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CREATIVE CRAFTS/LOCAL HISTORY AND GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

From year 4 - Working time: approximately 4 lessons; an additional 2 lessons may be required for “fretsaw” training

TASK AND MOTIVATION

Subjects for initial fretsaw work are mostly flat and can subsequently be used as a seasonal decoration with suspension thread or glued stick. Moving toys usually require the exact sawing of many individual parts, which demand an excess of skill and stamina from saw novices. With this work task, one creates compartments for vertical storage by glueing fretsaw silhouettes, such as stage images, between the horizontally mounted floor strips. The stand for papers, cards or napkins can be a gift for Mum, helps as an organiser on your desk or, when unfilled, is very appealing as a colourful, three-dimensional object.

The task takes into account individual design, allows a fancy design and forgives inaccurate saw marks, because leaving the sawing line on has no major influence on the function. The stand does not require the use of a great deal of material and helps to reduce boxes full of cutting waste and fretsaw residue.

In many tasks, technically flawless fretsaw work is distorted by unclean painting. The surface design techniques with glued papers shown here provide interesting structures and guarantee clean patterns. With the focus on current napkin trends, the design remains timeless.

To cater for different levels, the saw exercise can be differentiated easily: Templates range from easy to difficult - use your own design – complement with a further, freely-designed compartment. Through the intelligent combination of sawing, grinding, decoration and assembly work, the production process is varied and the drying times are used profitably.

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LEARNING PRIORITIES

  • Carefully saw with a fretsaw
  • Saw curved and jagged lines along the edge
  • Allow the saw to “run” without an exact pattern
  • Glue the sawn silhouettes onto bar sections
  • Create coloured, water-resistant surfaces by the application of paint or by surface-coated papers in a decoupage technique
  • Achieve expressive colours through the appropriate addition of collage elements

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Material and resources

Material

  • Pencil, draft paper in DIN A5, scissors
  • Poplar plywood, 148 x 210 x 4 mm as well as various offcuts
  • Remains of a wooden bar, 15 x 30 mm or 20 x 40 mm
  • Wooden beads, pricking awn, grain-cut wood block
  • According to preference: Cotton wool balls, felt, permanent markers, springs, flowery sequins etc.

Tools and materials

  • Fretsaw with saw blade No. 3 
  • Backsaw and mitre box 
  • Abrasive paper, 60 and 120
  • Papers for laminating: Napkins Florist paper, transparent (vellum) 
  • Backing material (plastic film) 
  • Acrylic colours, bristle brush 
  • Screw cap as a mixing palette 
  • Hairdryer
  • UHU Wood Glue
  • UHU Glue Gun Low Melt 110°C with glue cartridges.

UHU Wood glue

  • Stronger than wood
  • Transparent when dry
  • Ideal for internal applications
  • Paintable
  • Solvent-free

UHU GLUE GUN LOW MELT 110°C

  • Low temperature glue gun with a melting temperature of only approx. 110°C: more safety and versatility in hot glueing
  • Short heat-up phase of 3 to 5 minutes
  • Heat-insulated nozzle
  • Also suitable for many heat-sensitive materials
  • Handy size: easy to use and to dose

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Step-by-step plan

I. Sawing

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Step 1

Draw the contour of a chicken to fill as much of the sketch paper as possible. Make sure that delicate surfaces are avoided.

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Step 2

Cut the design along the contour and use as a template for the plywood. Position the template on the plywood so that the residual wood can be used for the grass. Trace the outlines with a pencil.

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Step 3

Saw the chicken shape along the contour with the fretsaw. Smoothen inaccuracies in the sawn contour with sanding paper, sand edges according to preference, if necessary give a slight rounding.

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Step 4

From the plywood offcuts (with/without sketching), saw a grass edge or a hassock. Smoothen inaccuracies in the sawn contour with sanding paper, sand edges according to preference.

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Step 5

Cut the wooden bar in the mitre block to the desired length with the backsaw (e.g. 20 cm). Sand the grain-cut sides plane.

II. Surface design with paper mache

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Step 1

Saw the outlines with the fretsaw. File and sand all edges.

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Step 2

Mark the holes for the round bars and the test tube on the design.

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Step 3

Transfer the drill points onto the sawn-out cover plate using the pricking awn.

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Step 4

Align the stand and cover plate precisely and hold together with a screw clamp.

III. Painting with acrylic
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Step 1

Mark the parts where glue will be applied later and leave blank if painting with acrylic.

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Step 2

Paint all raw wood substrates of bar, grass and chicken with acrylic paint. Protect the table with masking foil. Mix the colours in a screw cap.

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Step 3

Blow dry as required in the meantime. If necessary, correct any non-painted edges or apply a second coating.

IV. Connect the wood and decoration elements

  • Place the painted bar on the work surface. Apply a trace of UHU Wood Glue to the surface of the bar, place the painted grass contour in the desired position and press firmly for 20 seconds, if necessary, press with screw clamp. Allow to dry.

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  • Develop details, e.g. fit expressive eye: Cut the eye background from white felt and stick on a cracked wooden bead (bead columns see above left) with the UHU Glue Gun Low Melt 110°C for the pupil; alternatively, stick on a bright halved cotton wool ball and mark the pupil with a permanent marker. Stick on feathers on the tail end according to preference.
  • Finally, glue the finished chicken with UHU Wood Glue on the opposite glue side as specified (see glueing of grass contour). If the glue needs to be applied with pin-point accuracy and you want to avoid any runs, this trick helps: apply a blob of glue on a flexible plastic surface (e.g. a plastic cover), apply the glue thinly to the intended wood surface with a cotton swab. The rest of the glue then dries on the surface and can then be simply removed as a transparent film by kinking the plastic material.

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Variation

Innovative children make variations on this theme by changing the arrangement, colour and shape of the “scenes” or by inventing an additional field which brings harmony in look and style. Here, it is more practical if the bar sections and the intermediate grass outlines are glued together before painting. Clamp a piece of plywood in between as a place holder for the chicken. Colour the chicken and grass separately. In the last working step, with a cotton swab, apply glue carefully onto the "chicken feet", the chicken in the reserved space, press and leave to dry.

Britta Bollenhagen

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©2016 UHU GmbH & Co. KG, Bühl (Baden) and Elke Fox. Photos Page 1 top (without frame) and editor: Elke Fox. All other photos: Britta Bollenhagen.