Thursday, January 31, 2008

Corel Draw X3 Basics, User Interface

This is the first of a short series of videos for those of you that have purchased Corel Draw. I will try to give you a basic foundation in the use of Draw for creating scroll saw patterns.

This will not be a detailed set of tutorials. I only use a small set of the tools in Draw to design patterns. Those are the tools I will be teaching in this series.

My goal is to bring you up to where I am with this program so you can more easily follow my other videos. If you have specific questions about Draw send them to me in an email and I'll try to cover them in a video if I can.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My Valentine

Here is a simple pattern that you can cut for your valentine. Holidays are great for scroll sawyers. Everyone is looking for a unique gift to give. With a little scrap wood and some creativity you can make that unique gift that is one of a kind.

Guys, I have been so busy lately that I am behind on replying to emails. If you have sent an email and not received an answer from me I'm sorry. I'll get caught up as soon as I can. I'm on vacation next week and should have more time. Thanks for the emails.

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Heron and Fish Wooden Toy

I just wanted to share a video I found tonight. This is one of the coolest wooden toys I have seen. Check out the water ripples. Absolutely fascinating work.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Women's Tennis Pattern

Here is a women's tennis plaque. I designed several sports trophies a while back. Someone asked for a tennis pattern and I never got around to it. I do keep a list of all the requests. Better late than never I guess.

I keep getting email from readers asking for more videos on Corel Draw basics. I have tried to stay away from just doing a basic tools video because I thought there were plenty already available on the web. I have somewhat changed my mind and will do a few videos on just the basic tool and getting started with Corel Draw. Look for these soon if you are interested in this area of scroll sawing.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Dog Corner Scroll Saw Pattern

Several people emailed me asking for a dog corner to match the kitten corner from an earlier post. The Kitten Corner pattern was downloaded hundreds of times. It was the second most popular pattern for this month. I hope you all like this as well.

I've been away from the workshop for a couple days working on setting up a new computer. I bought a quad core machine to hopefully encode the videos much quicker than the old computer. So far so good. In a side by side test the new computer was twice as fast.

Including editing and encoding I should be able to get a video out in under 2 hours now. I'm happy with that speed up.

Maybe now I can answer more of the email requests for videos.

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2007 Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Best Project Contest

Vote for Your Favorite Design!
With more than 230 original designs submitted, the 2007 Best Project Design Contest has been a huge success. Now it's time to select the winners and we need your help. The judges have narrowed the field to 28 finalists and, while they fight it out to select the Grand Prize and Honorable Mention winners, we want you -- the scrollers, woodworkers, and crafters -- to select the People's Choice Award winner. Voting ends on February 17th so cast your vote today!


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Collapsible Basket Pattern and Video

part One

Part Two

This collapsible basket pattern is made from 3/4" oak. These baskets are easy to make and look nice in almost any wood.

To get the basket to collapse correctly you will set your scroll saw table to about 5 degrees. You should make test cuts in scrap wood until to get the angle correct for a fully open basket. The one in the photo above needs to open a little more. I used a #7 blade and the table was set to 5 degrees. 4 degrees might have been a better choice.

Normally these baskets fold flat for storage. I made the outside of the bowl a little narrow which makes it a little difficult to get it to fold up. You need to round over the outer bowl so it will pivot freely.

The video will give you some construction tips.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Candle Votive by Jeremiah Culp

From: Jeremiah

Steve I received my Corel Draw today and have updated the pattern I sent to you earlier. Your videos were a great help in creating this pattern, so keep up the good work. Feel free to share this on your site if you see fit. I have included the a PDF and Corel version to best suit your needs. This is just a simple modification to your old pattern which changes the theme of the design and makes it a tad bit bigger as requested by one of my buyers.

Thanks again for you help and any recommendations would be gladly accepted.

Hi Jeremiah, I don't have any recommendations. It already looks great. Thanks for sharing the pattern.


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Friday, January 18, 2008

Valentine Day Mini Clock From Norm Benjamin

Norm wanted to share another pattern with us. This clock is about 6" x 9". Norm has designed the clock for a 1 7/16 mini clock insert. The pattern is big enough that you could modify it a little and install up to a 2 1/2" clock insert. Thanks for sharing Norm.

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Beautiful scroll work from Diane

From Diane:

Here is my latest creations--I've been working on this for quite some time. I'm rather proud of it. It measures approx 22 X 34. It is this project that I want to learn the clip art tracing for, because I want an entire self made creation for my next one.

Diane, that is an absolutely beautiful piece of work. You should be proud of what you have done. Many of the readers here at the Scrollsaw Workshop are new to scrolling and this gives us all something to shoot for. Thanks for sharing.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thank you Norm.

A good friend of the Scrollsaw Workshop, Norm Benjamin has donated another pattern to share with everyone. I don't think Norm has slept much since he got his copy of Corel Draw. Norm and I have emailed back and forth while as he has come up to speed. Thanks Norm, nice pattern.

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