Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The story is true but the names have been changed to protect the innocent.



You have to love the creativity of the scrolling community. I received this picture form Jim. His girlfriend was giving him a hard time about his old ripped and torn jeans. She wanted them gone! The horror! You know losing a pair of jeans that you have finally broke in, is like losing your best friend. It doesn't rise to the level of blowing out your best Converse Chuck Taylors that you bought in 1977 but it's bad. It's a guy thing that most women just can't comprehend. So faced with this unthinkable loss Jim jumped to action with a pair of rusty scissors he found in his tackle box.

A great idea was born from Jim's desperation. Levi Hang Up's. Secure the pockets to the wall of your shop with a few small screws and you have a place to store all those tools you keep losing. But wait, there's more! For a limited time you also get the memories of all those fishing trips, barbecues and softball games where your Levis kept you comfy, warm and oh so manly

You know that prized Craftsman screw driver your dad gave you when you turned twenty one? The one that has the lifetime warranty so you hate to throw it out even though you mostly just use it to open paint cans. Guess what? It fits perfectly in the Levi Coin Pocket Hang Up. You heard me right. From one pair of Levis you get four full size Levi Hang Up's and Two Levi mini Hang Ups for the low price of nada. For those of you living outside the city of New York that means free.

Thanks Jim for the great tip. I suggest you buy the domain name www.levihangups.com before it's too late.


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Monday, March 30, 2009

Bob Calhoun. Self Portrait.

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I had to share this intarsia portrait with you guys. Bob has been a reader of my blog for a long time. He lives in Australia and is one of the most talented craftsman I have ever seen. I say craftsman because his skill is much more than just woodworking. He has that unique gift of being able to build just about anything he sets his mind to. Just ask the other scrollers in the clubs he attends. They will tell you how often Bob comes up with something new and amazing.

Bob decided to make a couple intarsia portraits so he set down with Corel Draw and designed this pattern. He does not have a lot of experience with Draw but you could not prove it from this work. Make sure you click to enlarge the picture to see the detail.

The body is Black wood. The beard is paper bark. The face is wild cherry. The eyebrows and pupils are marboo. The whites of the eyes are poplar. The hat is blackwood. The background is poplar and the frame is blackwood. Bob finished the portrait with water based lacquer.

Bob estimate he spent about a week and a half of long days to complete the project.

The thing I like so much about this project is not the fact that the likeness is so remarkable but the fact that it shows the character and spirit of the man. You look at the portrait and you feel you have met Bob someplace. Thanks for sharing with us Bob. As usual I am humbled by your work.

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Basket Weave Scroll Saw Pattern

This small basket is a fun and quick project. I have seen this type of basket sold in the Artique store for $50. I used the weave technique for this pattern. It is a pretty effective illusion of a weave. I suggest that you stack cut the weave to speed the project up.

We have a winner. Roger form Saltspring Island was the first to submit a picture of the dragon vase pattern with 8 sides. A few days ago I put out a challenge for a $20 Amazon gift certificate for the first picture of my Dragon vase pattern with 8 sides. It did not take Roger long to complete the challenge. Congratulations and enjoy the certificate.





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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Round Tuit


Ladies, how many times have you heard your husband say "When I get around to it."? Well the next time be prepared with this official Round Tuit. Upon receipt of this legally binding medallion your husband is obligated by penalty of law to complete said task immediately. Failure to discharge the duties in the prescribed time may result in legal action including fine, imprisonment and/or a trip to the mall.

this is another project to help clear out that scrap wood bin. Stack cut this project and have a supply on hand for husbands, children, contractors and work mates.



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Friday, March 27, 2009

Catalog Update. Over 320 FREE patterns

I updated the free pattern catalog tonight. I added the last 42 free patterns to the page. If you have visited the catalog page before make sure you refresh the page to ensure you are seeing the latest update. Click this image to go the the catalog. If your connection is slow it will take a while to load. Be patient.


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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Reader Spotlight. Meet Gary Allen

Gary Allen is an Assistant Fire Chief for Eastman Chemical Company. After years as a fireman he had accumulated many fireman's patches. About three years ago Gary decided to make a Fireman's Maltese Cross and frame it along with all his patches. A new hobby was born. He has been scrolling every since.

Gary lives in Longview Texas where his father is also a woodworker and a valuable resource. One of Gary's work mates, Phil Peoples is also a talented scroll saw artist and his imagination with the saw has been an inspiration to Gary.

Gary was recently recovering from total knee replacement surgery. During his time off he was able to spend more time in his shop. The pictures below show that he put the time to good use. Gary's wife purchased him a Craftsman 16" variable speed saw as a present. He has received a lot of pleasure from the gift but plans to upgrade the saw soon.

Thanks Gary for sharing your story and beautiful projects with my readers and myself.






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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dragon Vase Scroll Saw Pattern and Challenge $

This is a very easy pattern to cut but a bit tougher to assemble. The vase is tapered top to bottom and the sides are cut on a 45 degree angle. This compound cut can be a challenge for new woodworkers. You can use a table saw to cut the 45's or you can do what I did and sand the 45's after the pieces were scrolled.

I set the table on my table top sander to 45 degrees and slowly sanded the sides until I had a sharp 45 angle. This is not the most accurate way to do it but with care you can get pretty good results.

The next challenge is to clamp the glued sides together. I lay the pieces down on blue painters tape with the 45's up. Then apply glue to the joints and fold the sides together. Use the tape to hold everything together until it dries. A few rubber bands come in handy also. Sorry I didn't take pictures of the assembly. If you have trouble let me know and I'll mock up some pictures to help.

Challenge:
I have a challenge for you that should be fun. Make a vase from the pattern with 8 sides. The angle will change to 22.5 degrees and the assembly will be twice the fun. Any takers? The first picture I get in an email of this pattern with 8 sides neatly glued up and finished will get you a $20 Amazon gift certificate. I will publish the winning picture on the blog for the whole world to see.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hawk Manufacturing Liquidation Auction


As many of you know Hawk manufacturing has gone out of business. Hawk made a high end series of scroll saws as well as other fine woodworking machinery. For those interested here is a link to the liquidation auction. I notice that there is no inventory included in the auction.




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Square Basket Weave Scroll Saw Pattern


I had a request for this pattern. Darrell found a picture of a similar basket and wanted to know if I could design something similar. I came up with this pattern tonight and thought others might like it also.

When you show this project people will ask how you could cut this from wood. It has a very convincing weave look. The pattern is not too difficult but it might be a little tough for a first project. The weave can get a little delicate as you cut. If you want to give it a try just go slow and you should do fine.

I included two different size patterns. A 5" square and a 6" square.



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Monday, March 23, 2009

I Believe in Fairies Photo Frame

Any little girl would love to have this photo frame sitting in their room. If you want to make a gift for your granddaughter or daughter give this project a try.

This pattern is cut from 1/2" Thick stock. It requires a 1 7/16" mini photo insert. The inserts can be purchased online at Sloan's Woodshop. Look under their "Clock Inserts". Sloan's has been in the business of selling scroll saw merchandise for years. If you are looking for a reliable online supplier make sure you check them out.


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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tissue Box Cover Scroll Saw Pattern.

Just in time for flu season.

This tissue box cover pattern is constructed with 1/4" stock. The design is easy to cut but you will need to be accurate when you cut the box joints for a good fit. The box is bottomless and just slides down over the tissue box.

The front and back are identical as well as the sides so stack cutting can be used to speed up the cutting.




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Equestrian Scroll Saw Mini Clocks



Here is a pattern book with six equestrian mini clock patterns. Each pattern requires a 1 7/16" mini clock insert.



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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Reader Spotlight. Meet Darrell Cheeks.

Darrell puts a whole new meaning to the word dedication. He wakes at 2am every morning to spend five uninterrupted hours in his shop. He spends that time between his two hobbies of scrolling and his CNC router. Then he heads off to to work for nine hours. Darrell says "Yup, I get five hours sleep per night".

He loves to design his own patterns as well cut patterns from other designers.

Darrell lives in West Columbia South Carolina. He has been producing beautiful scroll saw art for four years with his 18" Delta Q3 scroll saw. You can see the web site where he presents his pieces at Wood Med Studio. Stop by his site and take a look around. Make sure you check out his sports themed pieces. If you have a sports fanatic in your life these would make a great gift idea. He has an Order/Contact tab where you can say hi and place an order for his work.

The pictures below are but a few of the wonderful projects Darrell has made.






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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Let's Get Cheap


Next time funds are low and you want to get in the shop and make something try this pattern. Build this car and truck from a construction grade 2 x 4. A couple hours work and a few bucks will build a fun toy for a child.

Building toys for children is fun but there is a responsibility to make sure the child is old enough to play safely with the toy. This toy project is not appropriate for children that will put small object in their mouth.



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Scrollers making a difference

You have heard me talk about this great group of scrollers before. Here is another video showing how these men and women make a difference in the lives of families that have lost their hero.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Help me start a new feature on the blog.

Here is another free pattern from the Scrollsaw Workshop.

I want to take a minute of your time to say thank you to the thousands of readers and subscribers to my blog. I'm have a blast reading your emails and seeing the pictures of projects you send me. The goal of my blog from the beginning was to help new scrollers get started and throw in some free patterns for them to cut. I get email every week from someone that has just cut their first project from one of my patterns. I love it!

One feature I would love to add to the blog is a reader spotlight post. If any of you would like to participate here is what I would like to do. Send me a picture of yourself and two or three pictures of your projects. Give me a little detail about you. Nothing to personal just general geographic location, how long you have been a scroller, what type of saw you use, favorite type of patterns to cut. Make it short and sweet or a few paragraphs. If you have a web site you would like to promote that is fine also.

I will then post the spotlight for the whole world to see. My blog is read in almost every country in the world. Scrollers love to see what others are making. Don't worry if you are a new scroller or a seasoned pro.

I know many of you are shy about showing your work. This is not a contest just a chance to show everyone you are enjoying the hobby.

Okay some of you that I get regular email from jump in here and help me get this started.

If anyone needs help on how to email pictures just ask and I'll help.



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Monday, March 16, 2009

Scroll Saw Theme Basket Patterns


This is a fun pattern because you get to choose the theme from 18 different selections. I chose the Easter theme for the baskets in the pictures above. If this turn out to be a popular download I'll come up with more themes in the future. The theme pieces are cut with a tab on the bottom so you can make one basket and change the theme as you like. Just pull the theme out of the slot in the basket and push in another one.

The baskets are small. Only about 4 1/2" long so they can be cut from scraps. The basket weave is very easy to cut. There are six layers. Three of each weave. If you stack cut the three like pieces you can cut all six weaves in two cuttings. I cut the basket in less than an hour including the two themes. I also included a blank base so you can create your own themes. Have fun and send me a picture if you create a nice theme.

One trick that you might try is to use my Scroll Saw Pattern Printer, which you can download from my blog to print names as you template. After you type the name just play with the size slider until it prints 4 1/2" or less. Add a tab to the bottom center and you will have a customized basket. That should make a great gift.



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Beautiful Scroll Saw Portrait Work of Ron Haigler





I wanted to do a post to show the work of Ron Haigler. Ron has only been scrolling for three years but he has developed a wonderful technique with his portraits in that short time. He uses a Hawk G-4 scroll saw for his pieces. He also does his own mat and frame work.

I think he has added a great deal to the portraits with his customized frames. The black and white mat with the simple but beautiful wood frame is great. The proportions of the frame, mat and portrait are just right to my taste. In my opinion this is a good lesson for anyone who wants to take their scroll saw work to the next level. The presentation is as important as the art itself. Proper presentation can take what most would consider craft and turn it into a piece of art.

Beautiful work Ron. Thanks for letting me share your art with all my readers.



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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Perfume Tray Scroll Saw Pattern and Video Tutorial



I finally had time to get back in the shop and make a project and another tutorial video. This perfume tray is a little more challenging than the patterns I have uploaded lately. I hope you enjoy the project and the videos.

The construction is slot and tab. I used 1/4" and 1/2" wood in the Project. To be honest I used some scrap wood I had and I am not sure what it is. I believe it is Santos Mahogany. I used stack cutting to speed up the cutting. The finish is lemon oil and lacquer.

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