So I have been making a couple of Christmas gifts this year. My wife says one of them is her favorite thing that I have ever made. Unfortunately for you, the reader, I am not going to post any pictures of the finished projects because they are gifts. I will go through the set up. The first project is a scroll saw project. I keep hearing to use painter's tape to protect the wood and it is easier to remove the pattern. I think I will be investing in painter's tape from now on. Sanding these patterns off would have been a nightmare.
On to the second project. I am diving more into smaller scale things. This project I wanted to make several and so I build a jig to make repeatable assemblies. These things are not as easy as I thought. The first one I cut with the parts that were going to fit inside the jig. I assembled the jig with the proper spacing and found out that the parts were too tight to even fit in.
The second attempt I got the spacing right and the first one came out just fine. I would call this beginners luck. The second, third, and fourth I broke the parts trying to remove them because I was not pulling them straight out.