Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Artistic Text with Corel Draw

From: Lydia,

Hello Steve, how are you, I want to ask you, how do i get a word welded with the other one on top like you did in the motorcycle pattern. You should do another video showing that.


Thank you Lydia. Here is a short video explaining how the motorcycle pattern was created. I only show the steps for creating the artistic text. I hope this helps those of you working with Corel Draw. I am getting more email every day asking for more tutorials. This is why I started this blog. I wanted scrollers to see that creating patterns was not that difficult.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Train Clock

This Train Clock would look great in a child's room. I used 3/4" thick walnut to give the train some depth. The base is a contrasting maple. The clock is about 10" long.

The insert is a 1 7/16" mini insert. Use a 1 3/8" forstner bit to cut the hole for the insert. Just cut the hole deep enough for the clock to fit flush.

I have a couple days off work this Thursday and Friday. I hope to spend several hours in the workshop and I'm looking forward to every minute. We are coming to the time of year here in the US when woodworkers start spending more time in their shops. It is also a good time to think about shop safety. The next time you go into your shop take a few minutes to think about what you can do to make your shop safer. This is a great hobby but it can be dangerous. Don't let a careless moment turn into a lifetime of regret. Be safe.

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More Funny Word Art Patterns

This pattern book contains eight funny word art patterns. These make cool novelty gifts. I generally cut these from inexpensive clear pine. I cut the words and the base from 1/2" wood but 3/4" works fine also.

If you think of any funny short sayings, send them my way and I'll make patterns from them.

Have fun making some saw dust.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

The Bezier tool in Corel Draw

I had a request from Jesse Williams in the Shout message box for a tutorial on the bezier tool in Corel Draw. To be honest I don't use the bezier tool often but I do know how to use it. I put together a short video that will show you the basics.

This tool can be used in many of the same ways that you have seen me use the pen tool. I find the pen tool much easier to use. You can use it to outline images to create scroll saw patterns. It can also be used to freehand patterns with enough practice.

Thanks Jesse for the request. If anyone has questions please feel free to email me or just put a message in the Shout box at the top of the blog.

Good luck learning to design scroll saw patterns with Corel Draw. It is a great application. The learning curve is not as bad as you might think. I am completely self taught from tutorials off the web and if I can learn it you can also.

If you are new here at the Scrollsaw Workshop look in the archive for other videos on Corel Draw.

The Road Rules

Bikes seem to be more popular today than ever. Make this project for the biker in your life. I cut this pattern from 1/2" oak but I think it might look better if the base was a contrasting hardwood.

This was a request from a reader. I thought it might be a pattern that several people would be interested in. I get several request for patterns. If I don't get around to the pattern you requested, I'm sorry. Sometimes I just can't come up with something that I like. I keep all the request logged and go back to them from time to time.

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Email From Mary

From: Mary

Dear Steve,

Since your last email requested that we send in our projects, I thought I'd send in my favorite. I got the basic pattern from a scroll saw pattern book but made a few changes. The original pattern had a mom, three kids and a dog. Since I am the mother of five children (with no dog), I had to delete the dog and add two kids and a husband.

Love your website!


Thanks Mary, I like the way you framed this piece. You also did a great job customizing the pattern.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Silhouette Art

Saturday Morning Paper

Scrolled silhouette art might not be everyones cup of tea but I think they are fun to make. This pattern is cut from 1/4" material and spray painted black. Mount it to a 1/2" thick base and display.

There have been quite a few new email subscribers lately. Welcome to each of you. I am happy to have you here at The Scrollsaw Workshop.
Enjoy the patterns and videos. If you have any question please feel free to email me. Send pictures of your completed projects. I love to post them for everyone else to be inspired by.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Email from Leroy

Check out the projects Leroy created from a couple patterns from The Scrollsaw Workshop. He has taken my simple designs and added his creativity to make something that is truly unique and beautiful. These are great Leroy. Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

From: Leroy

Hi Steve
I love your web site and your awesome patterns. I have attached pictures of a basket I made for my daughter and a letter opener with a box for a friend.
I'll be sending a donation your way soon.

Thank you

Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Magazine Mentions this Blog

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I wanted to thank SSW&C magazine for mentioning this blog in News and Notes of their current issue. The brief writeup has brought many new readers and subscribers. Thanks.

I love woodworking, especially scroll sawing. I enjoy talking to all the scrollers around the world. My blog allows me get to know people that I would have never known existed without the internet. There are thousands of you from 50 plus countries around the world that have visited The Scrollsaw Workshop. Over 300 of you have subscribed to my emails. Thousands of people view my videos. Many of you leave me emails. Many thousands have downloaded my patterns. I had no idea what to expect when I started this blog. I can say for sure that I am overwhelmed that it has grown this large this fast.

To all of the new readers, welcome to The Scroll Saw Workshop. I am very happy to have all of you here. If you have a few minutes to spare drop me an email and say hi.

Everyone have a great week.

Steve Good
The Scrollsaw Workshop

Golf Ball Display

Here is a pattern that you can cut for the golfer in your life. Make this project and display that hole in one ball or just the golfers collector golf ball.

Use 1/2" wood for the project. Drill a hole in the base that you can insert the tee. Glue the tee in the hole.

Most of the patterns I post here are easy to moderate patterns to cut. That seems to be what most of the readers here want. It's also what I usually cut. I am working on a more difficult pattern that I hope to have finished shortly. If you are looking for more of a challenge I should have it for you soon.

Sorry I have not posted much the last few days. Sometimes the pattern ideas come easy and sometimes I just look at Corel Draw and nothing worth while happens. It's interesting how making the patterns is easy but the ideas can be very difficult.

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