Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hockey Teams Scroll Saw Pattern Book

This is the second book in a series of sports patterns. The book contains several different cities of hockey teams. There is also a blank to customize your own pattern. A link to the font needed is in the book



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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Baseball Teams Scroll Saw Patterns

Okay I know this is a little random but I wanted to get away from all the Holiday patterns. I have been promising a few readers to do this pattern book for months. There are patterns for every team in a certain league that shall remain nameless.

I also included a blank so you could add your own name. Maybe a high school or college team. You could also put the name of a favorite player and their number.

You can download the font I used here. Install the font and use you favorite word processor to print out the name. Set the font size to about 80 and test the fit.



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Monday, December 28, 2009

Experimenting with homemade epoxy inlay

After reviewing the Inlace liquid inlay product I received a few email suggesting I try making my own. I have done this before with limited success but it has been a while so I thought I would experiment a little. The key chain above is my attempt at creating a mixture that simulates granite inlay.



I purchased a a tube of Loctite gel two part 6 minute epoxy and a small bag of ornamental sand. The sand is brown with white mixed in.

I cut and glued together the dolphin key chain from the book I posted the other day.

I also have a small cup and wooden stir to mix the inlay.

I put several drops of the two part epoxy in the cup. This gel is very thick.

I mixed in the sand and stirred the mixture well. The gel was too thick to pour into the dolphin cut out so I just packed it in as tight as I could.

I waited 1/2 hour to let the epoxy set. I should have waited much longer. The epoxy was set up hard on the surface but as I sanded the inside was sill a little tacky and made a mess on my sander. I was able to sand it flush.

This picture shows the sanded but unfinished key chain.


Conclusion:

I would say that this technique works but with issues. The Gel Epoxy was too thick. I will try the thin epoxy next and see if that helps. The brown and white sand looks a little muddy. Not the granite effect I was looking for but close. It ended up looking more like sand stone. That makes sense I guess.

Sanding the hardened epoxy was much more difficult than the Inlace material. It stuck to the belt and made a mess. Maybe if I had let it cure over night it would have worked better.

After this experiment I would still spend the money for the Inlace product. Inlace sands better and looks much better.

More experiments to come.




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Welcome Sign Scroll Saw Patterns

Here are a few welcome signs to cut.

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas. I want to thank everyone for the emails wishing my family and I a merry Christmas. I'll never be able to answer all the email but I have read them all and appreciate them greatly.



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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from the Scrollsaw Workshop



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Just wanted to complete the project from the last post.

This is the finished key chain from the last post. The video below shows how I finished the project.

I received a few email telling me that you can make your own liquid inlay material from two part epoxy and sand. I have also done this myself and it does work but I have to say I like the Inlace product better. The turquoise effect is very realistic. I think they use crushed turquoise in the mixture. It works, it looks good, so I don't mind spending the money for a product I like.


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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New key chain patterns and a video demonstration of a liquid inlay product.

The two key chains on the left have a liquid inlay material by the name of Inlace. The product is easy to use and adds a little uniqueness to projects.

Here is a little closer look at the inlay material. Inlace comes in several different colors and textures. The one pictured is turquoise. The effect is very realistic. The product sands easily and finished to a nice shine even with 220 grit sand paper.

The pattern book below contains several patterns. They are cut from 1/8" think contrasting hardwoods. In the picture above you see a front and back view. The pattern is cut from the lighter wood then glued to the darker back. The Inlace is optional and the key chains look nice with out it also.

Inlace is a two part resin. It is mixed with a hardener and dries overnight. After it is dry it can be sanded and and polished to a nice sheen. The two part video below demonstrates how the product is used. Inlace can be purchased from some Woodcraft. Stores. You can also purchase it here.

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Part Two:





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