Monday, May 31, 2010

I need your help.

I received an email a couple days ago from one of my readers, Jim Jackson. His son is a member of the West Memphis police department. You may have seen the story of the murder of two of their police officers on the 20th of last month. Officer Bill Evans and Sgt. Brandon Paudert were gunned down during a traffic stop. Both officer were survived by a wife and young children.

The Police department and the community have been devastated by this horrible event and two young families have been turned upside down.

Jim's email simply ask if I would design a simple pattern he could cut and sell to help raise a little money for the families of the slain officers. Obviously I was more than honored to help but I was hoping I could take it one step further and ask for my readers help.

What I ask is that if you could take a few minutes and cut one of these memorial patterns and send it to Jim. Jim has said he will work hard to make sure the cuttings get sold and the monies will go the the families.

I know there are a thousands of tragedies around our country every day. It's not possible for anyone to help in every case but we can all help in some. My heart is full of sorrow for the families, friends, colleagues and the community of West Memphis. If you can possibly help, take a few minutes to download this pattern.

The shipping address is included with the pattern. Thanks for the help and God bless the families of the slain officers. You are in our thoughts.




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Scroll Saw Bevel Gauge


If you are reading this in the email newsletter you may not be able to see the video. Please visit the blog and watch it there.

This video shows how to make a bevel gauge to help determine the correct starting angle for the table when making relief cuts.



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Replay from the Scrollsaw Workshop live stream.

Click the picture above to view a replay of the Scrollsaw Workshop Live Stream from 5/30/2010. The stream main show lasts about 25 minutes then I take questions from the chat for another 45 minutes.

Included in the show is the drawing for the giveaway. I also show how to construct a bevel gauge for relief cuts. I will discuss a way to use your scroll saw to help out with the tragedy in West Memphis Arkansas. Reader email and more.





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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Collapsible Basket Scroll Saw Pattern. Live Stream Tonight at 9pm Eastern.


This little basket will collapse flat for storage. The basket rings are cut at about 3 degrees so the basket will collapse on it's self. 1/4" dowel is glued into the outer ring so the handle will pivot flat.

Before you make the cuts in the basket make sure you test cut the bevel on scrap wood. Remember the less the angle the more the basket will open.

The live stream starts tonight at 9pm Eastern time. I will have the giveaway drawing and more.
Here is the link to the stream page. STREAM PAGE. For those of you that have not attended please stop by tonight. I'll again try to keep the event short and then turn it over to questions and answers. We generally have a pretty good time and you might win the giveaway. To login to the chat portion simply enter your name and click the connect button.

I have received several email that you don't know how the live stream works and are not sure what to do. If you have a broadband connection to the internet you are all set. Just visit the stream page tonight at 9pm. Enter your name in the chat box on the right. Click the connect button. Chat is optional. You can just watch the video if you like. The video should start automatically. If not click the play button. Most browsers will already have everything needed to show the video and chat. If you don't see them then you might need to install flash for the video and java for the chat. If you need help just email me. Hope to see you there.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lucky Horseshoe Scroll Saw Pattern.


Everyone needs a little luck. Hang this lucky horseshoe above your door and you will collect lots of luck. Do you know which direction a lucky horseshoe should be hung? Open at the top or bottom? Well it turns out it's up the your discretion. If the opening is up the occupants of the house will collect luck. If the opening is down, you are spreading luck on all who enter the house.

Don't forget the live stream this Sunday night at 9pm Eastern time. 5/30/10. I will do the final drawing for this months giveaway. Get you daily entries in for the best chance to win.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Welcome to our Home Scroll Saw Pattern.


Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend. If you are traveling for the holiday remember to be safe and wear your seat belts.

If your plans include working in the shop this is a great time to look around and check for any safety problems.

Are all chemicals stored correctly?

Are there any oil soaked rags or other fire hazards that need attention?

Is your fire extinguisher handy and working?

If you have children in the home are all power tools locked to prevent accidental start-ups?

Make sure the floor has no power cords or other trip hazards.

Check your power cords, extension cords, wall outlets and other electrical devices for proper use and that they are in good condition.

Make sure all blades in your power tools are sharp. Check that all hand tools with cutting edges are sharp. Dull blades are much more dangerous than sharp blades.

Is your shop well ventilated when you use chemicals?

Do you have your dust mask and safety glasses handy so you will use them?

If you will spend an hour or two this weekend inspecting and cleaning your workshop you will have used your free time well. Injuries or fire loss are no fun. Most are preventable. Just do it.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Dog Lady Scroll Saw Pattern.

The cat lady pattern I uploaded last week caused several requests. The most wanted was a Dog Lady.

We are getting close to the next giveaway. This month the giveaway is "Creating Wooden Boxes with the Scroll saw". It's a nice book with several nice patterns. If you have not registered to win take a few minutes today and visit the blog. There is a link to the registration instructions at the top of the blog. You can't win if you don't play. It's free so what do you have to lose.

I will again do a live stream of the giveaway. I think we had about 60 of you guys show up for the last stream. I have fun doing the stream and hopefully I'll get better at not being too boring. I'll keep it shorter this time and then just open it up to chat. I will start the stream at 9pm Eastern time, Sunday 5/30/2010. Hope to see several of you there.

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