Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Real Men Use Duct Tape Scroll Saw Pattern.


I have received a few emails from readers who have tried to have my patterns printed at Kinko's and other print shops. Because they need permission from the copyright holder thay won't print the pattern. I have added a note to the bottom of the cover page giving permission for unlimited printing. If you run into problems just point out that note and they should do the job.



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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gift Box With Ribbon Scroll Saw Pattern



This little gift box is perfect for jewelry or other small gifts. The box is 4" x 4" square. The ribbon is cut from a laminated board as a single piece. Use nicely contrasting woods for that little extra pop.

The pattern is pretty easy to cut just pay attention to the inside of the ribbon. Cut it last so you can measure for a good fit to the top of the box. The dimensions of the outside of the box will change a little after you sand the top and bottom flush. If you cut the ribbon before you sand it might not fit snug. Also notice the little extra pieces of ribbon on the bottom of the box. These allow the ribbon to fit all the way to the bottom of the box so don't forget to add them.



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Monday, September 28, 2009

Compound Your Joy


This is a pattern for a small compound cut desk ornament. You will need a block of wood 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 4" to cut the pattern.

I want to take a minute to talk about the pattern I posted yesterday. When I post a pattern I like to include a picture of the finished project. Sometimes I don't have time to actually cut the pattern so I simulate the picture with wood textures. That was the case with yesterdays post.

Because the picture is simulated it can confuse some readers as to how it should be cut. Yesterdays pattern was designed to be cut in sections and glued to a backer board. If you look at the picture and then look at the pattern it will usually make more sense. In most of my patterns you can think of the gray as the wood and the white sections need to be cut away.

I don't mean to be condescending but I had one email that made me laugh. He let me know that it was absolutely humanly impossible that I could have cut that pattern by hand. The lines were just too straight. I guess the simulated picture looked pretty convincing. :)




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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Silent Night by Franz Gruber, Scroll Saw Pattern


I'm still not able to get back in the workshop yet but I have been working on some patterns. Here is another Christmas themed project for you to cut. Get out your #3 blades because there are a lot of small interior cuts in this pattern.

The finished picture will be 13 inches wide and 14 1/2 inches tall. Use 1/4 inch Baltic Birch plywood for the backer board and 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick hardwood for the overlays. I have not been able to test cut this pattern because of my recovery but I think it should be pretty straightforward. The real challenge here will be the music staffs because of the large number of interior cuts.

If you decide to build a frame around the outside of the picture you might want to enlarge the backer board 1/4 inch all the way around to accommodate the frame.




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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Home from surgery. Feeling fine.

I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone that emailed me well wishes for my knee surgery. I am home now and everything went fine. I am a little gimpy but doing good so far.

I know there is a lot of unanswered email in my inbox. Be patient with me and I'll get caught back up as soon as I can. Thanks everyone and enjoy the blog while I recover a little and I'll get back in the shop soon.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Scroll saw bowls to the next level. By Carole Rothman.

Carole Rothman
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Several months ago I demonstrated a technique to create concentric ring bowls on the scroll saw. I thought that my bowl turned out pretty nice but Carole Rothman has taken the technique to a whole new level. Carol is a self taught scroll saw artists with a keen eye for decoration. She has a new book coming out published by Fox Chapel that I think many of you will be interested in. In the book Carole teaches all the techniques necessary to create her beautiful bowls. She teaches the lamination and sanding techniques that allow you to create segmented bowls that look like they just came off a lathe.

Do not let the apparent complexity of these bowls prevent you from buying this book. These are not advanced level projects. Anyone with basic scrolling skills will be able to complete one of these beautiful projects. The bowls do require a great deal of sanding to achieve the flowing lines. To see a demonstration of what it takes to complete one of these bowls check out the video in the link below.

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Queen of the Pins

This is a follow up to a pattern I posted last week. I had a few requests for a woman's version of the same pattern.



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Monday, September 21, 2009

60 Second Scroll Saw Tip

The audio tip talks about the picture above. Look at the top edge if the wood. Notice the tear out on the top left as compared to the tear out on the top right. What you are looking at is the bottom of the cut. The picture is upside down for clarity.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Story Cross Scroll Saw Pattern



I know that many of you who do shows during the holiday season have already begun working on your holiday themed projects. It takes time to decide which projects you are going to make and actually make enough inventory to last through the whole season. So I thought I would go ahead and begin posting a few holiday patterns now so you would have a chance to incorporate them into your inventory.

For those of you who like to make gifts for family and friends maybe you could get a little head start also. If not the pattern will still be here in the catalog when you get ready.

I hope you all like this pattern, it was a lot of fun to cut and I think it turned out pretty good. I designed the cross a few days ago but I couldn't make up my mind what type of base it needed. I finally decided to incorporate the bottom cell of the cross into the base and I think that pulled it together.



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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Updating old patterns


I've been getting e-mails lately asking for patterns. A few have been for updates to older patterns so I am going to try to spend the next few days working on those requests. Most of the requests have been for patterns that would be useful to many so those are the ones I'll be working on first.

This pattern is just the female version of a pattern that is already posted in the catalog. I get a lot of requests asking that I do both a male and a female version so I'll try to work on that in the future.

This weekend and next week might be a little slow around the scroll saw workshop. I am having some minor knee surgery next week so I guess I'll be hobbled up for a couple days. Hopefully I'll be able to sit in front of the computer and design patterns even if I can't get out in the shop.



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Monday, September 14, 2009

60 Second Scroll Saw Tip. Okay more like 120 seconds but who's counting?

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Blade selection tips for new scrollers.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

King of the Pins Scroll Saw Pattern

For the king of bowling in your family build this desk trophy with optional pen and funnel.



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Initial Crest Scroll Saw Pattern


This pattern book has several different crest patterns. The letter templates are included. There is also a blank crest so you can add your own graphics. The crest is about 8" tall.

The project looks better if you use contrasting woods for the backer board and the overlay crest piece.




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Friday, September 11, 2009

Decorative tray lined with ceramic tiles.


The tray is 14.75" long and 10.25" deep. Plenty big enough to serve drinks. You could also use the tray as a centerpiece filled with flower containers or fruit. It would look nice sitting on a dresser for makeup and accessories.

The tiles are 4.25" x 4.25" and can be purchased at home centers and tile stores. You will also need some tile cement and grout to finish setting the tiles.


You don't have to use the tiles. The tray looks fine without them. If you are into mosaics you could let your imagination go wild and fill the bottom with the design of your choice. Enjoy the pattern and don't forget that I love getting pictures of finished projects.



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Thursday, September 10, 2009

14 1/2" Towel Rack/Shelf Scroll Saw Pattern



This shelf can be made to include the towel bar or leave it out for a small shelf. With the towel bar it makes a nice bathroom accessory. The shelf is 14 1/2" long and 4 1/2" deep. I made the project from 1/2" poplar and finished it with oil and lacquer.

Sorry that the pictures are not of a hanging shelf. I plan to give it to a friend so I did not want to hang it. The top shelf has the edge treated with a router to give it a nice profile.



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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

60 Second Scroll Saw Tip

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Starving Artist Art Palette Scroll Saw Pattern


I have a friend that wanted this pattern. He was going to cut it for an artist friend. I know many of you come from creative families so some of you might be able to use this one also.

I would cut this from Baltic 1/4" Birch ply. It probably need a good finish so the paint can be removed easier.



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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A mind is a terrible thing to lose.

I have always wondered how it would start. Now I know. First it's aches in the joints then you start sleeping during the day. Tha