Friday, December 31, 2010

True Believing Trekkies.

There are still thousands of Trekkies out there. Star Trek has an almost cult following even 40 years after the show was canceled. This pattern is for true believers of the science fictions show from the 60's.

I my opinion The New Scroll Saw Handbook is the finest book ever written for the hobby. Patrick Spielman is a true legend in the community. He wrote many fine books before his death in 2004. this is not a pattern book but if you want to study the hobby in all it's detail click the picture above and buy this book. You will not regret it.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Xtreme SK8 skate board scroll saw pattern.



Skateboarding is an activity enjoyed by more than 20 million people in the world. Mostly made up of males under the age of 18 according to Wikipedia. The sport started out in the late 40's or early 50's probably as a spin-off of surfing in California.

If you have a skater in your family I'm sure he would appreciate this project. The pattern is a little over 5.5 inches tall and 9 inches long.


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wave Rider Scroll Saw Pattern.

I have been reminded more than once that I ignore several different sports. Here is a pattern for all the surfers out there.

Baltic Birch Plywood is a fantastic product for many scroll saw projects. It's reasonably priced, easy to cut and comes in a variety of thicknesses. This variety pact from Woodcraft includes 1/8", 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" thicknesses. For many scrollers it's difficult to find lumber in these dimensions. It's not the first choice for some projects but for many it looks great. Ornaments, fretwork boxes, fretwork clocks all look nice cut from ply.

Baltic Birch ply is a very high quality plywood. Don't confuse it with plywood you find in the big box stores that carry construction grade ply. This stuff is virtually void free and holds up great even with intricate fretwork. If you are interested in giving BB ply a try click the picture above and check out this variety pack from Woodcraft. As a disclaimer, I am an affiliate for Woodcraft and will receive a small commission from any purchase.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Lucky Dragon Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Scroll Saw Blade Holder TV. What? Geek alert!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas. My family and I had a wonderful time. We had Christmas at home and visited relatives in Indiana. It was a beautiful white Christmas day here. We had just enough snow to cover the ground but not so much that travel was bad.

One of my presents was a Slingbox Solo. For those of you not familiar with the product it allows you to watch your cable TV from any place you have an internet connection. You can watch it on a computer or many different cell phones and the Ipad or Ipod touch. It works great and even lets you access your DVR. You can view the TV guide, change channels and even record a show to your DVR.

I have an Ipad and an Ipod touch so I came up with the idea of using the Touch to watch my TV while I scroll. I know, I'm a geek. It let's me watch TV, play my music collection and watch my internet podcasts.

I wanted a stand to hold the touch and keep it somewhat protected from the dust. A dowel rod some MDF and clear Plexiglas and I was all set. It also lets me easily move it to where ever I want to watch it.

I know this is an expensive way to get cable TV in your workshop but if you want to take your cable or satellite TV on the road when you travel then the Slingbox is a great solution. A side benefit for me was having portable wireless cable TV in my workshop.

In the picture above you see the holder with the Touch connected to some external speakers.
Here is the side view of the holder.
A close up view showing the Plexiglas front for protection. I plan to seal the end with fabric with a slit to keep more dust out and still be able to get the Touch in and out easily.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

A Christmas Wish.

I made a Christmas wish for you,
For a holiday full of pleasure,
Friends and family all around,
And memories to treasure.

I wish for you a Christmas filled
With joyous holiday cheer;
I wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a very Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Key Chain for the Geek in your life.


Mention the three finger salute to any computer geek and they will smile and shake their head. The CTRL , ALT and DEL keys are the best friend and worst enemy to every Windows user.

This key chain will make a nice stocking stuffer for a geek. I used 1/8 inch contrasting woods. I stack cut the outside cut then separated the pieces and used a #2/0 blade to cut out the letters. I also made a couple of score cuts to show a separation of the keys.

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Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen Scroll Saw Pattern.

This pattern is a table decoration for a girls sweet sixteen birthday party.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

He's Got Game!



Basketball season is in full swing right now. If you have a young man playing the sport show him you think he has "Got Game". This pattern book has three different styles of players and the number stencils to customize the jersey number.

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Rhythmic Gymnastics Scroll Saw Pattern.

This pattern requires a 1 7/16" mini clock insert or picture frame.




Free stand if ordered before Christmas.

The Excalibur 16" variable speed scroll saw is a slightly smaller version of the 21” Excalibur scroll saw. The unique “Tilting Head” design provides a stable platform when cutting straight or on an angle. Unlike other scroll saws where the table is tilted for angled cuts, the entire head of the Excalibur tilts 45 degrees; to the left or the right. This allows the user to better control the work piece on a flat table surface, for a more safe and accurate cut. Solidly built upper and lower parallel arms keep the blade straight with minimal blade deflection allowing for precise cuts, making this the most sought after scroll saw on the market. Changing blades is a snap - No tools required – it utilizes finger operated blade clamps. Excalibur’s upper arm lift is ideal for threading the blade through fret work. Easy access speed and tension controls. Features a 120V, 1.3 amp constant torque permanent magnet motor. Large 12” x 18 1/2" table surface. Onboard dust blower. Specifications: Throat: 16" Maximum cutting depth: 2" Variable speed: 400-1400 SPM Dimensions: L: 28" W: 15" H: 17". Weight: 53 lbs. Uses standard 5” straight scroll saw blades. Includes operation manual and 2 year warranty.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

3D Christmas Ornament.

This is a 5 inch tall tear drop 3d Christmas ornament. It is cut from 1/4 inch thick soft maple. I used a Flying Dutchman #3 scroll reverse blade.

The following video is just to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. The day is getting close. I hope you have all your holiday scroll saw projects well under way.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Simple Business Card Holder.


I have written in these pages before how important it is to never throw good wood away no mater how small the scrap is. The scroll saw is the one tool in the shop that gives you the opportunity to use up these cut offs. Not every project we make has to include intricate fretwork or take hours to cut.

Sometime the project can just be about the wood and not the design. I had some small scraps of beautiful curly maple. The 3d rays in this stuff can't be seen well in a picture but in person it's truly amazing. I contrasted that with some hardwood walnut dowel and made a very simple business card holder.

If you sell your work at craft shows it's important to have products that everyone can afford. A piece like this made from scraps in only minutes can have a higher percentage of profit even thought the price is relatively low.

If I were selling this at a show I would put a tag on it that said "Beautiful handcrafted business card holder. Hand cut from highly figured curly maple and contrasting walnut. No old growth lumber was cut to make this product." Depending on the location of the show I would charge in the range of $9.95. Let's say you could only make four of these an hour which would be no problem. Your gross is going to be $40 and hour minus low expenses. Even if your expenses reached 25% you are still making $30 an hour. Try to make that much selling highly detailed fretwork pieces. It's almost impossible. It is true that you may have to sell ten of these to make the same money as one fretwork clock but sometimes these will be the only thing that sells and can make the difference of a bust or successful show.

I'm not trying to say that this project would necessarily be a good seller. It may or it may not. You have to try projects out sometimes to find out what sells. My point is that sometimes selling many small projects can make up for not selling a large one and the percentage of profit per time invested can be even better. Just something to think about if you are considering jumping into a craft show.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Online Free Catalog Update. Hundreds of free patterns.


The Scrollsaw Workshop free online catalog has been updated. Now with 665 pattern books many with multiple patterns. This is every pattern book I have put on the blog. While I was updating the catalog tonight I realized that I have uploaded a new pattern book on the average of one book every two days for three and a half years. I'm not sure if that's dedication or I just need to get a life. :) Either way I'm still having fun with the blog so I hope you enjoy looking through the catalog.

The catalog can be found by visiting the blog and looking for the image of the catalog in the left column. Click that image and you will be taken to the catalog page one. There are three pages. You will find the link to the next page at the bottom of each page.

If you have visited the catalog before make sure you refresh the page. This insures you are seeing the latest update.

Christmas Train Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Magazine Box Scroll Saw Pattern

Want to store your Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts or Creative Woodworks magazines in style. It just makes sense to store a scroll saw magazine in a fretwork magazine box.

The box is designed to store a magazine that is 8.5" X 11". I cut this one from maple but it might be easier for you to use 1/4" Baltic Birch plywood. You will need a board 9" wide so plywood will be the easiest choice.

I stack cut the two sides and saved a lot of time on the saw.

I did not count but the box should hold 3 or 4 years of of a quarterly magazine.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Walter Melis shares his addition to my dragon box pattern.

I have talked and demonstrated using polymer clay as an inlay material in the past. I received this picture from Walter the other night and he used the technique to inlay the dragon box pattern I posted a couple days ago.

I think it adds a great deal of value to the box. Walter did a great job and I know this hand made box will be treasured by someone for years to come.

FIMO is one brand of polymer clay.

If you are interested in using this inlay technique the following video from earlier this year will give you the detail