Sunday, May 31, 2009

22 I Love My Dog Breeds Patterns


I often receive requests for dog patterns. Here is a pattern book with 22 different breeds of dogs. Hopefully you can find your best friend in the book.



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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bracelet for men or women



This pattern book has bracelet patterns for several different sizes. They can be made for a man or a woman. The one in the picture above is about 7/8" thick. You could use different thicknesses of wood to vary the style. The one in the pictures is an initial bracelet. You can put any design you like on the face plate.

For those artists out there you could leave the face plate blank and paint decorations in miniature. Hand cut and painted bracelets would be fantastic sellers at arts and crafts shows.

You will want to sand the bracelet well to remove all the sharp edged and blend the face plate to the bracelet.



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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pray for Peace Scroll Saw Pattern


Little pattern with a big message.



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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Keychain Program Update 1.01

Hello everyone, thanks for the great response to the keychain program. I had many good suggestions to help improve the program. I just uploaded version 1.01. The update includes the following additions.
1. Added numbers.
2.Added a space.
3.Added a couple simple graphics. (","= a heart and the ";"= a star)

These were the updates I could add quickly so I thought I would go ahead and release the update now. You can download the update on the blog at the same link as before.

Thanks for the suggestions and the kind donations.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Scroll Saw Keychain Pattern Maker Demonstration


Here is a video demonstration of the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker program. The program allows you to create key chain patterns. If you would like to download the program please visit my blog. The program is very simple to use.

Key chains are fun gifts for family and friends. They are also nice sellers at craft shows. Use this program to make up the patterns and cut several common names for a display.


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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Africa Scroll Saw Pattern


Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area With a billion people (as of 2009), in 61 territories, it accounts for about 14.8% of the World's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Not counting the disputed territory of Western Sahara, there are 53 countries, including Madagascar and various island groups, associated with the continent. (Wikipedia)

The African elephant is the largest land animal on earth. They are just slightly larger than Asian elephants. African elephants also have larger ears that are shaped somewhat like the continent of Africa. Their ivory tusks caused them to be hunted to dangerously low levels. They are now protected but illegal poaching keeps their populations from growing.



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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Lest We Forget.

Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. This day is set aside to commemorate the men and women who have died defending our freedom. No man or woman can give more to their country than their life. These brave and proud soldiers were our fathers, mothers, brother, sisters and children. They came from all races, religions and economic backgrounds. One thing they all had in common was that they were Americans.

The least we can do as Americans is take a day to honor our fallen heroes. During your day off Monday take a few minutes to reflect on just what these men and women have meant to the life we live today.

Maybe someday the world will be a place where we no longer send our children to fight in wars. It feels like that day is in some distant future that is difficult to see. I have the privilege to talk to people in almost every country in the world because of my blog. Most of us just want live, raise our family and enjoy life. Let's pray the worlds leaders have the strength, wisdom and courage to lead us to a world without the death and destruction war inevitably brings.

This pattern is my humble attempt to honor all the soldiers that have given me the opportunity to be free.



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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rotating Picture Frame



This little rotating picture frame looks nice sitting on a desk. You can put a picture on one side and a clock on the other. I like making these little projects like this. It uses up scrap wood out of the shop. It's a project you can knock out pretty quick when you just want to tinker in the shop and make some saw dust.

There are a couple of things to consider before you start this project. The wood needs to be at least 7/8" thick so both frames and the 1/4" dowel will all fit. You also need to have a drill press to drill the hole for the dowel. You might be able to get it accurate enough with a hand drill but it will be difficult. The outside frame is 3 1/2" wide. You will either need a long 1/4" drill bit or mark carefully and drill from both sides.

Last, it helps that the wood you use has some character. A nice grain pattern or some spalting can add a lot to a small project like this.



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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Scroll Saw Village University

Travis over at Scroll Saw Village is producing a video workshop about GIMP. Gimp is a free photo editing software package. The software has many uses but Travis will take you through his technique to produce scroll saw portrait patterns. The workshop is in the forum under the Village University room. So far he has 5 videos produced and I think he has more to come.

GIMP like all photo editing software can be intimidating. Just keep in mind that you don't have to learn everything it does just to make portrait patterns.

Go check out the workshop and see if it's something you would like to try your hand at.

Thanks Travis, keep up the good work at the Village.

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Del's Wooden Shop Made Scroll Saw Video


Check out this fantastic but impractical wooden scroll saw. The gentleman in this video is Del. He has been making wooden machines for years. Most of his projects are do nothing machines that are just works of art. This project is a work of art that actually does something.

This machine uses some hand made cage gears and a flywheel. It's operated by pedal power. You could do some scrolling and get your workout all at the same time.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Printable Cube Puzzle Solution.


Marion Stephens sent me an email with a printable solution to the Cube Puzzle I posted two days ago. The solution was very well drawn and makes it a snap to solve the puzzle. This will make it easier to give the puzzle as a gift and provide the solution also.

Thanks Marion.








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Cube Puzzle Solution


If you would like the solution to the cube puzzle I posted the pattern for watch this video. If you did not download the pattern look for the post on May 16.

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