Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We have a winner. Giveaway Drawing for 6/30/10.


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Live stream Canceled.

Hey guys, the live stream scheduled for 6/30/2010 at 9pm has been canceled. The computer that I do the streaming from is having hiccups right now and I doubt I can get it running right in time for the stream. That computer has not had a wipe and restore for almost a year so i guess that will be my weekend chore. One of the problems is that the email client is getting flaky. I will try to backup the email before i do the restore but don't be surprised if I lose some email. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

I will be uploading a video of the giveaway winner tomorrow night.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Knock on wood. No wait, that's my head.

Just imagine opening your email and seeing yourself in wood looking back. That's exactly what happened to me tonight. Bob Calhoun from Australia designed and cut this intarsia picture of yours truly. I know, I know it's a bit scary but for what he had to work with I love it and I got a cool tan too.

Bob, my wife thinks you have a little too much free time on your hands but I appreciate all the work you put into the picture. Thanks and I look forward to receiving it.

I just had to share this with you guys. I hope no children were in the room. If they were keep a close eye on them for the next couple of days. Signs of trauma include bed wetting and an unreasonable fear of wood.

Bob, once again you leave me speechless with your talent. Thank you.



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Rust be Gone.

I know many of you are dealing with rust. It's important from a safety as well cosmetic point to keep the surface of your tools smooth and slick. I received an email tonight from Sherry asking what I do in my shop to get rid of rust and keep it from coming back. I have used a few different products over the years and these are what I have found to work best for me.

For light areas of rust I would use WD-40 to penetrate and loosen the rust. I would then use a Scotch-brite pad to remove the rust. After the surface was clean, a treatment of Johnson paste wax would help prevent the rust from returning. It's important to use a wax that does not contain silicon. Silicon can interfere with wood stains and finishing techniques. I used these products for years and they work fine.

A couple years ago I switched over to the T-9 product line. I like the T-9 rust protection a little better than the paste wax simply because it's easier and faster. I also think the T-9 rust remover works a bit better than WD-40 at loosening the rust. You can find the T-9 products at most good woodworking stores. Woodcraft sells the product if you cannot find it locally.

The number one tip is to prevent the rust in the first place. If you live in an area where rust is a problem use one of these rust protectors before you see the first spots. You will save a lot of elbow grease with a little prevention. Rust can be a pain to get rid of once it gets a good hold on your tool.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Dollar Bill Jigsaw Puzzle Box.

For those of you that downloaded the Dollar Bill Jigsaw puzzle pattern here is a box to hold it.


I will be doing the second giveaway this Wednesday 6/30/2010 at 9pm Eastern Time. I will do a live stream for the giveaway. I hope you can attend. I will do the giveaway then we will quickly move to open chat. We will keep it short. If you have any questions for me to answer during the live stream send me an email. You can visit the live stream here.


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Brother can you spare a dollar?


I know times are tough but if you can spare a dollar you can cut this jigsaw puzzle. It is a 60 piece puzzle and should make a nice gift for anyone who likes money. I'll design a box to hold the puzzle tomorrow.

If you need instructions about how to use jigsaw puzzle templates watch the "Jigsaw Puzzle Template Book" demonstration video on my blog.

Shameless plug: If you enjoy this pattern then consider buying my "Jigsaw Puzzle Pattern Book". It has templates to turn you snapshots into family heirloom gifts. The book is $7 and you can find it at the top of my blog.

Before I get a hundred email about destroying money this is perfectly legal. According to the US Mint there are no sanctions against defacing currency as long as there is no fraudulent intent.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

World Cup Fever.

This pattern requires a 1 7/16" / 36mm mini clock insert. The world has football fever right now and I'm sure you have someone in your family who would love to have a gift to remember the event.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

A neat feature in Windows to view scroll saw patterns.

I have been looking for alternatives ways for scrollers to catalog their patterns. Last night I mentioned that I would be adding the picture of the finished project to the first page of my pattern books. The reason I made this change was so the solution I'm showing tonight will work best. Watch the video and let me know what you think.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010



I want to address a common email I receive from some of my readers not from the US. About 20% of you are from other countries and I have become friends with many of you. It has been one of my biggest thrills to get to know people from places like Russia, Australia, Iran, Israel, Germany, France and many many others.

One thing that stands out loud and clear is that a common interest brings everyone closer together and breaks down artificial barriers that could other wise keep people apart. When we are talking about scrolling no one cares if I'm American or Iranian.

Occasionally I post a pattern that shows American bias. This email from a scroller in the Netherlands expresses frustration that I hear from more than a few of my over seas readers. I'll let you read his concern then reply.