Sunday, March 25, 2018

Easter Scroll Saw Pattern.

8" X 10" Easter pattern. 

Let's talk about printing my patterns. 

Unfortunately it's a little complicated. My patterns are saved in PDF format(Portable Document Format). This format was invented by Adobe several years ago for distributing documents digitally. It's a great format with lots of baggage.

In recent years the companies who produce browsers. (Edge, Chrome Firefox etc.) have built PDF viewers into the browser. That is fine for basic reading and printing but it leaves out some advanced features you may want.

Pattern opened in Microsoft Edge browser.

When you open one of my patterns in Microsoft Edge and select print to are given a few basic options. One feature you are not given is to print (Actual Size). This can sometimes cause the print to be smaller than designed. For some patterns that is a problem.

To solve this problem you want to have Adobe Acrobat installed and set up as the default PDF application in your browser.

In the image above I have one of my patterns ready to print. Notice that I am give the option to print (Actual Size). 

Another option built into Acrobat's print driver is (Poster Print). This allows you to set the scale of the print and stretch the print over multiple pages. This is great if you want to cut the pattern larger than designed.

In the image below I have printed the pattern at 150%. I can now cut and reassemble the paper pattern and have it ready to cut. 

How do I fix this mess? You have to install Adobe Acrobat(Make sure you uncheck the Optional Offers) if not already installed. It usually is already installed but just not set as the default app to open the PDF in a browser.

Next you have to tell your browser to use Acrobat to open PDF files and not use the built in viewer. 
Each browser has a different way to do this but it is in the advanced settings for most browsers. The easiest way to get instructions is to do a google search for your browser. Example"how to make edge open pdf in acrobat". 

I know this is complicated if you are not computer savvy. It is worth making these changes if you want these extra features for printing patterns.

  Wen 3410 Air Filtration System Update:

I purchased the Wen air filtration system back in December. I did a video talking about the unit. I had an email last week from a reader who wanted to know if I still like the unit after using it for a while. I thought I would give an update.

The first note is that the price has gone up since I purchased mine. I paid $111.00 in December and the current price on Amazon is $126.38. This is typical of Amazon. You can often see large changes in price from one month to the next. Most of the time the price is reasonable compared to other online and local sellers. I am a Prime member so I get free shipping which always helps.

How well does it work? I can only give an opinion here because I have not done testing with a dust meter. When I enter my shop I turn the Wen system on and set it to 400 CFM. I have made this a habit and turn it on even if I'm not sure I will be cutting wood. The unit is quiet enough that I don't mind having it on all the time. When I leave the shop I set the timer so the unit will turn off later. I usually set it to two hours. If I have been creating lot's of dust I set the timer longer.

To get an idea of how well it's working I check the pre-filter often. What I find is that the pre-filter is coated with very fine dust particles. That's a good thing because these fine particles are what float around in the air and we inhale. 

These air filtration systems are not dust collectors. They are designed to help keep the air in the shop healthier to breath. I am considering purchasing a second unit for the other end of the shop just for added filtration. I want to get an air quality meter first so I can see what the numbers actually are. 

Do I see a difference in the amount of dust that settles on surfaces in the shop? I think the answer is yes but it's almost impossible to answer that accurately. I know the filter in the Wen unit has lots of dust in it so that dust did not make it back into the shop. I still have to blow the dust out of the shop every couple of weeks. 

My goal with this unit is to help keep dust out of my lungs. One problem that made me consider upgrading to this unit was a mild cough I would have after making projects. The cough would usually last a day or two. With some exotic woods like Bubinga it was much worse. As a subjective opinion I feel like the Wen air filtration unit is doing it's job. This is based on a few non measured observations.

1. My cough is noticeably lessened after installing the unit. 
2. My glasses do not get coated with the small dust particles as quickly with the unit running. 
3. The filter has lot's of fine dust in it. It's doing something.

When I get the chance to get an air quality meter I will do a review based on measured results. That's the only way to say with any confidence what the actual effect of this unit is. Until then I can only give you my best guess.

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Stephen from Bear Woods and myself want to take the giveaway up a notch this month. We will be increasing the value of the gift certificate to $300 for prize#1 and $150 for prize number two. You can buy a lot of Pegas scroll saw blades, clock parts and more with this giveaway.


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Then I will show you the technique to take your photograph and make a pattern from it. When the pattern is complete we will go in the shop and cut it.
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The DVD also works fine on a MAC. The viewer program is not MAC compatible but there is an included PDF with all the patterns shown as thumbnails for easy viewing. 

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Think Safety

Remember to keep the safety of yourself and others in your work shop in your thoughts at all times. Always wear eye and ear protection. Follow all the manufactures warnings that came with your power tools. If I demonstrate something on this web site that you don't feel is safe, don't do it. Your safety is your responsibility. Fingers are handy things, try to keep all of them.
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