Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw Book $12 Each

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Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
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are to make. 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

New Scrollsaw Workshop Catalog.

The new Scrollsaw Workshop catalog is ready to be released tonight. The old catalog will still be available for a short while. I was having issues with the old catalog and this is the replacement. Watch the video below to get a quick update of the new catalog and it's features.

You can access the catalog from the blog. The link is in the left column. You can also get to it from this link. Scrollsaw Workshop Catalog.

The new format is pretty simple but you may pick up a pointer or two if you watch the video.

Thanks to Shane Shuford of Shuford Technology for all the hard work in developing this product. If you need any online or mobile development I highly recommend Shuford Technology.

You might find it easier to view the video if you watch it in HD and full screen. Just start the video and click the YoyTube logo in the bottom right. It will take you to the video on YouTube where you can change the settings.

Don't be too surprised if the catalog is sluggish for a couple days. It will probably get hit pretty hard. Feel free to look around but if it gets slow just come back later and things should speed back up.  



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http://www.stevedgood.com/woodenvases.html
Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
Click now and make a family heirloom this weekend.

Technical Question.


This is the thumb screw from the DeWalt DW788 scroll saw. The tip of the screw rotates. This helps prevent the blade from twisting when tightening the clamp.  I have a question. Does any one know the name for this type of screw. Does anyone know of a source for a rotating tip screw. I don't meant a replacement thumb screw for the DeWalt. I just want a name and source for a generic rotating tip screw.

I have searched McMaster-Carr without finding anything. Maybe this is a special made part but I doubt it.

The next four pictures are the clamps on a couple of my saws. Click them to enlarge. I get a lot of questions about blade slippage and about the knobs. I wanted to talk for a minute about these subjects. The pictures are from my Excalibur and one of my DeWalt DW788's
This first picture shows a clamp that is in need of some maintenance. Look closely at the contact points of the set screw and the thumb screw. Notice the gap at the top. This is probably because the blade chuck has bent from over tightening. It's common to want to over tighten the clam when the blade start slipping out of the clamp. This is not the solutions. What you probably need to do is replace the set screw and thumb screw. I have prolonged the life by lightly sanding the points but you have to be very careful to keep the two point straight. In the case of this clamp assembly I need to replace the set screw, thumb screw and the blade chuck. For the DeWalt that's going to cost around $40 with shipping. that's for upper and lower clamps.

I have in the past shown how to make or buy larger knobs for the thumbscrew. The thumbscrews can be hard on those with weak or sore hands. The above damage can be caused by the extra torque you can gain from the larger knob or lever. That's why I always give the warning that you want to be careful with the larger knob. Just use modest pressure. If the blade is slipping you need maintenance not more torque.

Thisis a picture of the Excalibur upper clamp.The set screw has been sanded a couple times but it's still in decent shape and holding well. The picture is a little off but the blade is centered between the two contact points which is what you want.

Thispicture shows the lower clamp of the Excalibur. Notice a couple things here. The blade is centered and in full contact with the set screw and thumb screw. You can also see a little spec of blue on the left set screw. This is removable Loctite blue. It prevents the setscrew from vibrating out but is removable with hand tools. With out the Loctite the set screw will eventually move. If you notice that it's moved you can just adjust it but sometime that gets over looked. The Loctite keeps it in place once adjusted. You can buy Loctite from most hardware stores.
  
This last picture shows a badly adjusted lower blade clamp. See how the blade is not centered in the blade chuck. The left set screw needs to be adjusted to recenter the blade.

These tips can apply to other scroll saws as well depending on how their clamps work.


Keep the set screws and thumb screws maintained.
Make sure they are adjusted so the blade rides centered in the chuck.
Do not over tighten the thumb screw. If the blade is slipping check these tips.
If you sand the tips, do it gently. Don't remove material. Just lightly rough up the tips. Get a replacement set when needed. They are not that expensive when you consider the aggravation of slipping blades.
A little removable Loctite on the left set screw can help keep it in place. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

School Time. Hall Pass Scroll Saw Patterns. Shared pictures from Andrew Rose.

I had a request from a teacher for a design of hall passes. This is a very simple design of four different passes. There is an Office Pass, Boys Pass, Girls Pass ans just a Hall Pass. Cut them out, paint them and put some cord in the hole.

I know a lot of you have teachers in the family so maybe you can use these also.

 
I received these pictures from reader Andrew Rose this weekend. I thought he and his wife did a fantastic job with one of my vase patterns. This is one of the vases from the second book of vases I sell. Andrew and his wife combined to make what he calls "His and Hers" vase. Andrew scrolled and inlayed the dragon on one side. Hi wife chose the alternative pattern for the back. She did the inlay work on the other side. Now they just turn the vase depending on the look they want that day.Nice job guys and thanks for the picture.


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http://www.stevedgood.com/woodenvases.html
Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
Click now and make a family heirloom this weekend.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Vintage Shadow Box Lamp with Edison Bulb.



I have wanted to do a project with one of the  replica vintage Edison bulbs that have been available in stores for a while. These bulbs can be the focus of a project instead of just lighting.

The lamp stands 14 inches tall and 11.5 inches wide. I used a bottle lamp kit from Home Depot to mount the vintage bulb. I put all the instructions for building the project in the pattern. I also show everything needed for the project. I built the lamp from a piece of clear pine that was 8' X 5.5" X.75".
The most difficult part of this project it cutting the grill of the car. It does take some care to cut. I used a scroll reverse #3 blade. Lay out the entry holes carefully to avoid getting them too close together.

It's more of an art piece than a practical lamp but it looks nice in a dark room.

 
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http://www.stevedgood.com/woodenvases.html
Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
Click now and make a family heirloom this weekend.

If you would like to have all the patterns in the Scrollsaw Workshop catalog you can buy the first six years DVD and the 2013 update DVD at this link. DVD #1 is $20 and contains over 1,100 patterns. The 2013 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 178 patterns. The 2014 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 223 patterns.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

We should make billions of bucks!

This is going to be big. I can feel it in my bones. Those of you who know me know I am a geek to the core. I love technology. I have been buying gadgets since the wheel was invented. That's just shortly after grass was invented.

I carry an iPhone 6 plus with all the bells and whistles. As almost everyone on earth knows, Apple released their much anticipated Apple Watch recently. It's estimated that they sold 4 millions watches. The entry level watch sells for $349. If you add that up it's about $1.5 Billion.

I just could not bring myself to buy a watch again. I gave up watches years ago for a cell phone. As much as I wanted the newest geek fest it just was not going to happen.

That's when the magic struck. We have the technology to do it our self. From that instant of pure genius the apple Pocket Watch was born. This is going to cost just a few bucks, not hundreds like Apple gouges us for. I figure we can easily make them for under $20. If we can sell them for a 50% discount we can get $174.50 retail. We undercut apple and still make millions. It's a get rich quick scheme. I'm sure it will work. Just look at the features.

1. No charging every night. Just replace the battery a couple times a year and you are good to go.
2. Accurate time keeping with a beautiful and simple user interface. Nothing new to learn.
3. The operating system never needs updating. No constant rebooting or looking for settings that are hidden from any reasonable search.
4. Built in security chain. Attaches securely to your belt.
5. No annoying notifications interrupting your nap at work.
6. Beautiful wooden case.
7. No Chinese children working in sweat shops just to feed our lust for technology.
8. No stupid heart rate monitor telling us what we already know. We are couch potato 100+beats per minute old folks.
9. No pedometer bugging us to get in our 10,000 steps today.
10. Best of all it's made right here in the good ol' USA. 

You are free to make and sell as many of these as you like. Just don't call me when Apples $500 an hour lawyers come calling. You might want to consider calling it the Lemon Watch or maybe the Tangerine Watch. Just a thought.

Sources for the chain are included with the pattern book. The clock insert is a standard 1 7/8" requiring 1 3/8" diameter hole. You will need a 1 3/8" forstner bit to drill the hold.


 
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If you would like to have all the patterns in the Scrollsaw Workshop catalog you can buy the first six years DVD and the 2013 update DVD at this link. DVD #1 is $20 and contains over 1,100 patterns. The 2013 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 178 patterns.

CATALOG DVD $20+ Shipping


- There are now two update DVDs for 2013 and 2014. The update DVDs contain just the patterns for that year and are available for $7.50 each. Order all three to have a complete collection.
Here is the link to the order page for all the DVDs.
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This DVD contains all the patterns from the Scrollsaw Workshop blog from May 12, 2007 to December 2, 2012. There are 1113 pattern books many with multiple patterns. These are the patterns that are available in the free online catalog. This DVD is for those who wish to have all the patterns and don't wish to try and download hundreds of patterns. Use the DVD for club meetings, sharing with friends and customers, Archiving etc.

No returns are accepted. No refunds. Defective DVDs will be replaced. Please watch the instruction videos to understand what you will receive.

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Create a Family Heirloom. Download The Jigsaw Puzzle Template Book. Only $7.00

Create one of a kind jig saw puzzles. Imagine how thrilled they will be when you create a hand cut wooden jigsaw puzzle of their photograph. Wedding and anniversary photos, birthday or special occasion.
Watch this video demonstration to see of the templates being used to create a wedding puzzle.
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You will be directed to the download page after your purchase for instant download.

This pattern book contains the following size patterns

5x5 25 piece

4x6 24 piece

5x7 35 piece

8x10 80 piece

4x6 96 piece

5x7 140 piece

8x10 320 piece

Important: On the successful payment page click the Return to Merchant button to be directed to the download page. This pattern book contains only the puzzle patterns. No pictures are included. The book is in Adobe pdf format and requires Adobe Reader to view. This is a download only. If you wish to pay by check please include an email address and I will send the file to you. I can not mail a disk or print of the book.

Stencil Printer 1.7

Stencil Printer Instruction Video.

The Scrollsaw Workshop Stencil Printer 1.7 is my latest software for creating patterns. It will create key chain fobs, desk name plates and more. Click the image above to download the latest version. It is free to use donationware.

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1
Download the Free Scroll Saw Pattern Printer Version 1.1. Create name patterns in seconds.
Download Version 1.1
Please consider a $5 donation for The Scroll Saw Pattern Printer v1.1.

Scroll Saw Keychain Pattern Maker

Use the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker to start a small keychain business. Build yourself a nice display and make up severl keychains with common names. Sell at craft shows, on Ebay or at work. Everyone needs a keychain. Take custom orders. Heck just make them and give them away as gifts. It's all made easy with the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker. Watch the video demonstration then download the file below and get started with the fun.
The following link will start the download process. After the file download is complete just click the setup file and the program will be installed. Please consider a $5 donation for the program.

Download the Oval Keychain Pattern Maker.

Enjoy designing and printing these great personalized key chains. Give them as gifts, make them for fun or sell them at craft shows. It's easy, just watch the video demo then download and install the program. You will be designing these fun projects in minutes.
Download the Free Oval Key Chain Pattern Maker. Create Oval key chain patterns in seconds.
Download Version .9a
Please consider a $5 donation for The Oval Key Chain Pattern Maker.

T-Shirts and More.

T-Shirts and More.
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Papa's Custom Patterns.

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Sue Mey Scroll saw artist

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Make sure you visit my good friend Sue. She is one of the finest scroll saw pattern designers in the world today. .

Philip Lowndes Noah's Arc Pattern Available. Watch the video below.

This video is from Philip Lowndes. He is the designer of this beautiful Noah's Arc puzzle pattern. If you would like the pattern follow the link below.
Buy This Wonderful Heirloom Puzzle Pattern

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