Friday, September 28, 2007

Playing Card Jigsaw Puzzle Pattern

With the popularity of poker these days this might be a successful seller at shows. This scroll saw pattern is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" which is the size of poker size playing cards.

For this project I selected a playing card and used spray adhesive to mount it to a 3/8" piece of baltic birch ply. Then I mounted the pattern to a 1/8" piece of ply. I used clear box tape to wrap the two pieces of ply together. I then cut the pattern with the smallest blade I have. If you have never cut puzzles before watch the jigsaw puzzle video I posted earlier in the blog for details.

I hope you guys like these puzzle patterns I have been posting. It's been a while since I have made jigsaw puzzles and I had forgotten how much fun they are.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Scroll Saw Standing Elephant Puzzle

This scroll saw pattern stands about 7" tall. I did something I have never done before. I cut it from 3/4" MDF. I thought I would experiment a little. I might try painting the puzzle and see how that looks. The MDF cut very well and there was almost no need to sand afterwards.

I think I will make a few more of these with different animals. They are very easy to cut and fast to make. The retirement community where my mother lives is having a yard/craft sale in a couple weeks. I think she could sell some of these for the grandchildren that always visit there.

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Moving and Positioning Objects in CorelDraw

I wanted to make another Corel Draw video. This time I will discuss moving and positioning objects on the screen. To keep patterns accurate and well balanced you need to be able to move things around the page accurately. I will discuss the align and distribute tools as well as using temporary guidelines for accuracy.

I still have several readers asking for more Corel Draw tutorials. I know not everyone cares about designing their own scroll saw patterns but that's part of why I started this blog. For those of you looking for patterns that's fine also. I'll be posting more patterns soon. The way I look at it the more people that have the skill to design patterns the more patterns that will be out there for us to cut.

If you have designed a pattern that you would like to share with the readers here send it to me and I'll post it. I will only post patterns that the readers are free to cut and sell as many as they like. You will still own the rights to the pattern.

Hope you enjoy the tutorial video.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

An easy scrolled shelf Pattern

Not much to see from the top so here is the underside of this shelf pattern. Simple scrolled brackets, leaf pattern under the shelf and a 6" deep shelf.

The pattern is designed so you can adjust the length of the shelf. The one in the picture is 16" long. You could take this up to about 30" before the proportions would start to look odd.

I used 1/2" walnut for this shelf. I also used a cove bit on my router to under cut the shelf on the front and sides.

I love working with walnut. It cuts great, finishes well and is not too expensive. That's a pretty good combination.


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Scroll Saw Pedestal Pattern

This scrolled pedestal has a 7" top and sits about 2 1/2" high. It could hold a center piece for your table, candle, figurine or flower pot.

I used 1/2" walnut for this piece. Once you have your wood prepared you can cut this pattern in minutes. There are no interior cuts that need to be drilled. You do want to cut the circular top very accurately. Any defects in the top will be noticed by the eye. Cut slow and you should be able to sand out any defects.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Switch Plate Patterns

Here are a few switch plate patterns. This book only has single plate patterns. I'll work on double plate patterns later. I cut the plate in the picture from walnut that was slightly thinner than 1/4".

Drill and counter sink the screw holes to match the screws in the existing wall plate. You also need to round over the edges of the plate to give it a finished look.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I had to be out of town most of the day and did not get much time in the workshop. When I did get home I had to watch my Kentucky Wildcats beat the Arkansas Razorbacks in college football. It's been a good day.

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