Thursday, September 30, 2010

Let's talk Keyhole Router Bits. Video Tutorial.

The keyhole router bit is a great solution for hanging scroll saw projects on the wall. The solution requires no extra hardware and is simple to make. Watch the video for a tutorial on it's use.


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Grandma and Grandpa Patterns.

Four patterns in this book to show the love for Grandma and Grandpa.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Golf Shadow Picture Scroll Saw Picture.

I have a reader who wanted a simple pattern with a golf theme. He wanted a picture type pattern but was not comfortable doing an intarsia project. I suggested what I call a shadow pattern. This is what I came up with for him. I thought a few others might like to give it a try also.


Hey guys just a quick word about Sheila Landry Designs. Many of you had trouble logging on to her site after I posted her free pattern Monday and talked about her current sale. Sheila had an opportunity to make some upgrades that were needed because of the fantastic growth of her business. Everything should be back bigger and better real soon. Congratulations Sheila. It's nice to see great things happen to one of the truly nice people in the hobby.

Folks there is a reason Sheila is experiencing this growth. She simply makes great patterns for us to cut. The time and effort she takes shows in her work. The detailed instructions and well designed patterns are some of the best around.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fretwork Basket Scroll Saw Pattern.


This fretwork basket will give you some practice in stack cutting. The ends and sides can be stack cut to save time. The one pictured was cut from 1/8" thick maple. I also included a pattern that is twice the size you can cut from 1/4" thick stock. I did not test cut the large basket. You might have to taper the bottom edge of the side pieces to get a good fit with the bottom. The small basket 5 1/2" long and 4 3/4" tall.

The construction is slot and tab so it goes together easy with no complicated clamping. It's best to cut the slots slightly under size and file them for a snug fit.

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Christmas comes early for me!

Hey, that's me!

Bob Calhoun, is a man I have never met in person. Even though we have never stood face to face I feel like he is a personal friend. Bob lives in Australia and has been a reader and contributor to my blog almost from the beginning. Bob is one of those guys that has the ability to make anything he sets his mind to.

A few months ago Bob started working on intarsia portraits. He had sent me a couple pictures of his work and they were very well done. I guess he took the hint when I told him how much I liked them because before I knew it he was doing my portrait. He actually made two. He sent me a picture of the first one and I loved it. Being the perfectionist he is he decided to start over and make it better. And he did.

Well to make a long story short and after a mix up with the post office I received my portrait all the way from Australia today. There are a few gifts you receive in your life that you never forget. I remember my dad buying me a horse for Christmas when I was young. My mom and younger brother made me a chess set one year for Christmas that brought me to tears. My wife gave me a beautiful baby girl. All those are gifts that I will remember because they were so special and full of personal meaning.

Obviously nothing will ever top the gift of my baby girl but bob's portrait of me rates right up there with all the others I have received. It's hard to explain why it means so much to me but it has to do with all the passion I put into the blog and how much it means to me that it is appreciated.

I just wanted everyone to see my gift and to take the time to say thank you Bob. It's appreciated more than you can imagine.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sheila Labdry Designs Snow Leopard Portrait. Design by Keith Fenton.

This beautiful portrait pattern was designed by Keith Fenton. Keith is partners with Sheila and together they produce beautiful work. Make sure you check out all the other patterns they have at Sheila Landry Designs. Sheila has a special offer from now until October 1st. Get 1 free pattern with any purchase of $20 or more. See the web site for details.

I just want to thank the Insight Cable technical services group. My connection was down Friday night and they got me back up and running Saturday. I was not scheduled for service until Monday but they escalated my call which I greatly appreciate. I have to say that the Insight cable in this area is top notch. Very little down time and excellent service.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Make you own USB stick case.

This is a neat and easy little project that makes a nice gift. You can come up with any shape for the case you like but I chose a cross because I thought it was unique. This would make a great gift for your minister to sit by his computer.

You want a good snug fit.

Find a USB key that looks easy to disassemble. They all are a little different so look around. for the right one.

Carefully open the case to reveal the circuit board.

This is what you are after.

Cut the wood pieces from the pattern included in the pattern book. And lay the circuit board on the cut out and measure how deep and wide the hole need to be to insert the key.

Set up a drill press to drill holes to the required width and depth for the circuit board. I used a 1/4" drill bit. Measure the thickness of your circuit board to make sure that's the bit you need.

Here are all the final pieces ready for assembly.

You want the circuit board to fit all the way down to cover the whole board. Just leave the connector sticking out. You want a snug fit but if it's loose use hot melt glue in the hole before you slide in the circuit board.

Here is the USB stick in it's base ready to use.

Insert the stick and you are ready to save your valuable data for safe recovery or transportation. You can get 16gb USB sticks now for under $30 if you look around and the small 2gb keys are almost giveaway items anymore.


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Saturday, September 25, 2010