Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Three Scroll Saw Basket Patterns

Here are a set of free scroll saw patterns for you to download . This book includes all three baskets. I've never had any luck selling these baskets because every time I make some my wife grabs them and gives them away. :) I think they would be good sellers but I guess I'll never find out.

This is an old set of patterns I made a couple years ago. I did not have much skill with Corel Draw then so the patterns are a little rough. I don't think this will keep you from making nice baskets from these patterns though.

One note, make sure you adjust the size of the handle cutouts to match the thickness of the wood you use.

Enjoy this book.

Free Scroll Saw Pattern Book

Monday, July 30, 2007

Mary needs help

Hey guys one of my readers has a problem with her Delta Model ss350 and needs some advise. Has anyone had the problem she describes below and have a solution.

My guess is either the Variable speed switch or the Control PWB. Anyone else care to comment?

Exploded view of the machine.

From Mary:

Hi Steve,

I was wondering if you or any of your readers know anything about malfunctions of a scrollsaw. Mine recently started running at high speed even though the dial is at low. It is an intermittent problem so I can be happily scrolling along when all of a sudden, it will burst into high speed - sometimes it lasts for a second or two and sometimes it gets stuck there so I have to turn off my machine and walk away, but when I come back, it's fine (for a while anyway).

My scrollsaw is a Delta and it's about 3 years old (and out of warranty). Could it possibly be a quick fix like changing the fuse?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you,


Cool Dragon Clock

Here is another free scroll saw pattern for you all to download. This dragon clock requires a 1 7/16 clock insert. Use a 1 3/8 forstner bit to cut the hole for the clock.
You can find good buys on clock inserts from Clock Parts.

Clock Parts - The World Leader in Clock Parts

You cut'em I'll make'em

Free Scroll Saw Pattern

Free Scroll Saw Pattern.

Poker is popular today. Build this card box for your poker playing friends. This free scroll saw pattern is designed to hold poker sized playing cards.

These scrolled boxes are easy to make. Use contrasting wood for the top and bottom for a great looking box.

I love these small projects that I can use my scrap wood to make.

Have fun with this one.


Free Scroll Saw Pattern

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Clock Dial Pattern

A friend needed a clock dial pattern for a scroll saw project she was working on. I thought some of you might find it useful in one of your projects.

You might need to enlarge the dial on a copy machine to make it fit your pattern. There is a center reference hole to make drilling easier.

I will try to incorporate this into a full pattern later but for now use it as you wish.

You can purchase the inexpensive quartz movements from Clock Parts.

Clock Dial Link

Clock Parts - The World Leader in Clock Parts

Show pride in your work

In this Walmart economy we live in today the value of a hand made piece of craftsmanship is an almost forgotten concept.

I know many of you sell your pieces of work at craft shows and online. Let your customers know that you are proud of the craftsmanship you build into your scroll saw art.

A certificate of authenticity shows that you have pride in your work. Show them that you take your craft serious. Include a certificate with every purchase.

I have included a link to a certificate of authenticity that you can sign and number. Leave your customers with the idea that you value your workmanship and they will place a higher value on it also.

We need to differentiate our work from the mass produced work that can be purchased at Walmart for pennies. I have nothing against Walmart. I shop there sometimes myself. I just don't go there for hand made quality.

Certificate of Authenticity

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Glue, Sand, Beautify and Protect

I have been asked to talk about the process I use to finish my scroll saw projects. I'm no expert on finishing but I have come up with a process that I'm happy with.

This two part video series covers gluing, sanding, beautifying and protecting.

If you would like to share any tips you have on the finishing of scroll saw projects leave a comment for all to share.

Enjoy the videos.

Part One

Part Two

Check out Russells' Web Page.

Check out this scroll saw page written by Russell.


He did a great job on the bowl. That will be a good seller. He used my free scroll saw pattern and made it better.

Hop on over to his site and leave some comments on the nice projects he has created.

Keep up the good work Russell.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

3D Scroll Saw Cutting Jig

I built this jig for cutting 3D patterns with the scroll saw. I had been using clamps but they were a pain to use. If you would like to build your own jig I have included the material list and construction plans below.

The jig is very easy to build. You can buy the parts at Home Depot for a few dollars. The assembly only takes a few minutes and if you plan to cut 3D patterns I think you will be glad you have this jig.

You can resize the clamp to meet your 3d cutting needs.

3D Pattern Cutting Jig

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Big Scrolled Bowl from Paul

I received this email from Paul and wanted to share it with everyone. Paul enlarged the bowl pattern I posted. I think it looks great in the larger size.

Paul recently had eye surgery and is not suppose to be in the shop for a couple weeks. That's like asking my teenage daughter to stay home on a Saturday night. Just ain't gonna happen :)

From Paul:

Hi Steve:
I'm going to get killed, if not by my doctor, for sure by the wife.
I couldn't wait 2 weeks to try this
I still have to finish it as you can see.
For my first attempt and being 1/2 blind I think I did o.k. (lol)
A pop can and a can of spray paint beside the bowl for you to judge the size.
The top ring is 9" in diameter with and overall height of 7" -
The thickness of the wood is 9/16" so I'm sure 3/4" will do just fine.
When my eyes get better I will try 1/2" thick.
I think this is a nice size bowl/planter.
Thanks Steve
Talk to you later

Creating a Scroll Saw Box Pattern with Corel Draw

A few of you have emailed me and said you have purchased Corel Draw. I have not posted a Corel Draw tutorial in a while so it seems like a good time.

In this video I will show you how to use the interactive contour tool to make boxes of any shape that fit together perfectly.

I've said it before but I enjoy making patterns as much as cutting them. If you haven't tried to create a scroll saw pattern why not give it a shot. If you can't afford Corel Draw then download a copy of inkscape.

If you sell at craft shows then you know how important it is to be unique. You don't want to show up with the same one of a kind works of art as the guy next to you. Create your own patterns and you are sure to be unique.

Download Pattern from Video

Word Art Pattern Book. 14 patterns.

Here is a free scroll saw pattern book for you to download. The book contains 14 patterns of creative word art sayings.

Cut these out and give to friends as gag gifts. They also give you some quick, easy to cut patterns to sell cheaply at your next craft show. Many customers that come into your booth don't have big bucks to spend. Make sure you have some lower priced items available.

These can be cut from clear pine in only a few minutes.

Have fun with these patterns and remember you can make and sell as many as you like. Don't sell the patterns unless you ask me.

Free Word Art Pattern Book

Monday, July 23, 2007

Give a shout to Geno

Hey guys, Geno who is a reader of my Blog saw my post about how easy it is to start a Blog. Geno decided to give it a try and he has done a fine job. Everyone visit his Blog and say hi.

Come on now, lets get some more woodworking blogs up and keep this hobby active on the web.

Make sure to leave Geno a comment when you visit.

Geno Woodworking Blog

Email from readers

I receive several nice emails from readers and I appreciate all the comments. I recently started getting pictures of scroll saw projects which is great. Here are a few that I wanted to share with everyone.
If you have pictures of your woodworking projects you would like to share, send them to me and I'll be glad to post them for all to see. The Scrollsaw Workshop has readers in over 40 countries now with hundreds of page views daily. Let the world see your work.

From: Geno
Good Morning Steve,
I found your site this week end and had a great time cutting out 2 of your baskets. I really enjoy the pattern. thank you very much and keep up the great work.

From: Bill
I made your tall clock with hickory(i didn't put the front piece on).. I still have to put the finish on the top and bottom(and glue them to the piece) and I also added a piece of black felt inside to highlight the butterflies.But I think it came out nice and was really easy to do.

From: Ken
Thank Steve

I have not started any projects yet, but I was thinking of doing that bowl that you did on your web page for a starter for this year . I live in Penticton B.C. Canada and this time of year there is always something going on, peach feast and Stuff like that.
Last year I started doing intarsia because of a neighbor was doing it, and I thought it was neat . So I got a pattern from him and started doing it too. I made 5 to 6 of them , and not one of them did I keep for myself as all went to wards friends for Xmas and stuff like that . So I am going to Finnish one for myself then , I really like that bowl that you made so I think I will give it a try. My shop is really small, like one of those tin sheds that a person can buy at a hardware store , actually I not sure of the size but it must be 15 x 8 feet wide , not much bigger , not like your shop . I am sending a picture of some of the things I made last year. This is my first attempt .

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Free scroll saw pattern. Jewelry Box with basic 3D cut leafs.

In this two part video I will take you through the steps to cut a 3D scroll saw pattern. This 3D pattern is very basic so even if you have never tried 3D cuts before you can try this one. We will make a small box with two 3D leafs on top. The instruction for cutting the leafs as well as the box are covered in the videos.

Don't let the leafs keep you from trying this free scroll saw pattern. Cutting 3D is no more difficult than any thing else you have done at your saw.

This box would make a nice gift box for jewelry or other small items.

Free Scroll Saw Pattern

Part One

Part Two

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Grizzly Shop Planner

Just a quick post to pass on a link that takes you to an online program for setting up your workshop. Grizzly Tools brings us this program. Check it out if you are planning to build a shop or just rearrange your present work area.

Shop Planner Program

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Show the world your scrolling projects.

Many of you sell your scroll saw projects at craft shows. If you do I'm sure you have been asked if you have a web site. Customers stop by and admire your art work but just are not ready to buy. One way to get that potential customer to see your work again is to direct them to an online gallery of your work.

Traditional web sites are difficult to set up correctly and even more difficult to maintain. It's far from impossible but for some it's not something they want to learn.

An easy alternative is a Blog. What is a blog you ask? Well your reading a blog. A blog is nothing more than a web site that has been designed to be user friendly and easy to set-up and update.

Blogs are great for scrollers. You can update customers about future shows you will be attending. They are great places to tell a little more about yourself and your work. Creating a new post with pictures is as simple as using a word processor.

With a little more effort you can even take orders for your work right from your Blog. You can set up a free Paypal account and even take credit card orders from the Blog.

Everyone who loves to create things enjoys sharing what they create. Why not share them with the whole world. Get yourself a Blog today and be online tonight.

Here is a video of just how easy it is to setup a Blog on www.blogger.com. It's free and easy and almost painless.

Enjoy and happy scrolling.

Scrolled Bowl Video

I put together a video for the scrolled bowl pattern i posted the other day. A few people emailed me with questions. You can download the free scroll saw pattern from the earlier post.

Have fun and happy scrolling

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Tall Clock Video

I went into the workshop last night and completed the Tall Clock pattern that I posted a few days ago. I'm reasonably happy with how it came out. I think I will design a few different scroll patterns for this clock. I'm not satisfied with the front trim so a redesign is needed there. My wife decided that she wanted this one for her mothers Birthday so it has a home already. I videoed the construction of the clock and you can view below.

If you missed the pattern earlier this week you can get it here.

Tall Clock Scroll Saw Pattern Download

Enjoy the pattern and as always you have permission to make as many of the projects as you like just don't sell the pattern.

Happy Scrolling.
Part One of Tall Clock Video

Part Two of Tall Clock Video

Friday, July 13, 2007

The software I use for scroll saw patterns

Many of the readers of the Scrollsaw Workshop Blog have expressed interest in the software I use. The one tool I would never be without is Corel Draw. The software has a short learning curve to grasp the tools needed to create scroll saw patterns. If you want to get serious about making patterns I feel this is the single best choice you could make. Corel DrawX3 is not inexpensive but you get a lot for what you pay.

Product Description

CorelDraw Graphics Suite X3 is a breakthrough in design technologies. With more than 40 new features & over 400 enhancements, you've got a truly comprehensive graphics suite at your disposal. Tackle a wide variety of projects - from logo creation and Web graphics, to multi-page marketing brochures, or eye-catching signs. Its new features include a new bitmap-to-vector tracing tool, new photo-editing features, and enhancements in illustration and page layout. This suite combines design capabilities, ease-of-use, and affordability into a complete suite of tools that give you the confidence to be creative. Hints provide dynamic, context-s