Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Word Art Patterns.


Here are a few word art patterns.



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Monday, October 26, 2009

Like sands through an hourglass so are the days of our lives.


Build this 60 minute timepiece with the hand blown hourglass insert form National Artcraft. The insert cost about $13 but there is a minimum order of $30. The good news is that they carry lots of nice craft supplies. You could also order three and make some unique Christmas gifts.

The insert is captured between the top and bottom by drilling 1/2" holes. Each end of the insert has a nipple. Just drill half way through the wood to make a pocket. As you assemble the pieces just center everything up and tightly capture the insert between the top and bottom. Use rubber bands to clamp it together while the glue dries.

Use what every finish you prefer before assembly because it's very difficult to mask off the glass after it is inserted.

I also found another source for an insert. Rockler sells the part for $26. There's is 11" tall so this pattern would have to be modified to fit.



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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Master Scroller T-Shirt

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Buy this "Master Scroller" T-Shirt and let everyone know your favorite addiction. While you are there make sure you check out the other items I have for sale. Shirts, bags, cups, mouse pad and more. Your order will be processed and shipped by CafePress. They are a well known and respected print-on-demand distributor of t-shirts and other items. Why not buy one for a Christmas present and help support the Scrollsaw Workshop.


Guard Puppy Candy Dish.


Let this ferocious puppy dog guard your desk candy or whatever other valuables you have. Throw your spare change, keys or jewelry and he will sit faithfully guarding them until you need them again.

The dog stands 7" tall and the bowl is 5" in diameter. The bowl is cut with the scroll saw table at an angle so the bowl expands open. I used 1/2" wood for the bowl and set the table to 3 degrees. This caused the bowl to open 1 1/4". Practice on scrap wood to get the angle right before you commit to the final setting.

The body of the dog is 3/4" thick and the legs and ears are 1/2" thick. You can do as much or as little contouring as you like. I simply contoured the ears and left the legs and body square. Use contrasting wood for the eyes and nose.

You could skip the bowl cutting and just use a candy dish or dog bowl if you like.




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Saturday, October 24, 2009

60 Second Scroll Saw Tip - Scroll Reverse Blades

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Clown Drop Toy Pattern


This is a fun little old school toy. No batteries required. You put the clown at the top of an 18" ladder and he climbs down. Fun to play with and makes a neat noise to boot. Watch the video below to see the clown in action. I'll also show you how to adjust the length of the arms so the little clown boogies down the ladder without a hitch.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wine bottle stopper and glass cradle.






This is a pattern for a wine bottle stopper and a glass cradle. You will need a pack of bottle stopper corks that you can buy from Woodcraft. A 10 pack will cost you $4.50. You will also need a length of 3/8" dowel. The corks come pre-drilled so all you have to do is glue in the dowel.

The hole in the cradle for the wine bottle is 1 1/2" in diameter. It is best cut with a forstner bit if you have one.

This is a very simple pattern that you can make for pennies. Take a few of these to your craft shows. It's always nice to have products that you can make cheap and quick. If you have a lathe you can quickly turn beautiful hardwood bottle stoppers using these corks. Match that with this cradle and you have an item that will sell for an easy profit.




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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ambition




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