Score between letters. Don't drill holes all the way through. Vary the shapes to combine neatly.
With a jig-saw, penknife, and sandpaper, plus a little imagination, you can transform thin scraps of beautiful rare woods into name pins and brooches, monograms, name plates, and novelty cutouts. The examples illustrated were cut from designs by a well-known jig-sawyer of New York.
One alphabet suitable for jig-saw work is given. It is much used commercially. A single name with letters 5/8" high and 3/16" thick usually sells for from thirty-five cents up, depending upon the finish. A name cut in the same alphabet from a 1/8" by 1/4" strip brings from fifty cents up, as it is a little harder to make.
Other alphabets may be adapted from letters in display advertising and magazine head lines. Much ingenuity may be used by the designer in joining the letters in attractive combinations. A beginner had best work out the design first on tracing paper and either paste it on the wood or trace it on with carbon paper.
Square-sided letters stand out best if divided by a shallow saw cut, or carved with a penknife as indicated in the cut-out "MARY." Such letters are also suitable for name plates in which the letters are cut out separately and mounted on a strip.
After the work has been sawed and any necessary holes drilled, it is smoothed with fine sandpaper by hand or on a disk sander. It may then be left in the "raw," rubbed down with bleached linseed oil, or coated with clear lacquer.
When the cut-outs are to be used as pins or brooches, the necessary metal fittings may be obtained from dealers in craftwork and jewelry findings, salvaged from discarded jewelry, or taken from cheap pieces purchased at a ten-cent store.