Thursday, July 29, 2010

Work is for people who don't know how to fish!

Here is a sign you can make for the office of your favorite fisherman. You can add a few fishing lures to the sign to give it that little extra touch.

I'll be doing the drawing for the giveaway Saturday night. Make sure you get your entries in for a chance to win.


This months book giveaway is "Making Wooden Baskets on your Scroll Saw". This is one of my favorite books. I love basket patterns and the ones in this book are exceptional.

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Product review of the Olsen ScrollSanders.

In this video review I demonstrate the Olsen ScrollSanders. This product replaces the blade in your scroll saw with a sanding strip. The strip can then be used to power sand small hard to reach areas in your fretwork.

I will show the product in action and give you my pros and cons.

You can find the Olsen ScrollSanders at many woodworking stores. Here is the link to the product on the Woodcraft web site. Olsen ScrollSander


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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Crayon Hauler Scroll Saw Pattern. Holds 12 crayons.

There are a lot of ways to have fun in your workshop. One of the best is to work with a child or grandchild. The younger they are the shorter their attention span usually is. Very simple projects that they can help you with are the best for these young woodworkers. Just make sure you keep safety foremost in your thoughts as you work.

You won't get much more simple that this crayon hauler but you will end up with a project the child can enjoy. You will probably need to cut the body but the child can help assemble the wheels, paint and decorate as they like. Maybe even help drill all the holes for the crayons.

The truck is designed to be cut from a construction grade 2 x 4. The wheels are 1 1/4" diameter and can be cut from the pattern or purchased. You can buy the wheels from many craft and woodworking stores. I included a link to where you can buy them online.

I kept the truck in the picture above very simple but you can add fenders, head lights, spare tire, caution light, smoke stacks and anything else you or your youngster can think up. Remember to keep the age of the child in mind when adding parts that could come off and be swallowed.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Praying Hands Cross Scroll Saw Pattern

This pattern was requested from a reader. The pattern requires a technique called veining. For those of you new to scrolling this is just making a cut in the wood that draws a line to enhance the image. To do this sometimes requires an interior hole to be drilled. This hole starts the vein/line.

You want to conceal the entry hole as much as possible. Use micro drill bits that are just big enough for the blade you plan to use. You can sometimes blend the entry hole into the line with your blade. I have even used the saw dust from the cutting mixed with a little glue to make a filler putty for the holes.

Veining shows up better on lighter wood. Using a larger blade will make the veining show up better because it leaves a wider kerf.

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Freedom to Run Scroll Saw Pattern.

The 2010 World Equestrian Games will be held in my home city, Lexington Ky. This will be the largest equestrian event ever held in the United States. The games are held every four years. Over 100 countries are involved in the events. Events this large can bring in millions of dollars to the area w