Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Indian Warrior Feather.



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Monday, November 29, 2010

A few more ornaments to cut.


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Worlds Best Fusherman Scroll Saw Pattern.

It's been a long weekend. I had to put in 15 hours of overtime yesterday and today so I have not been able to spend much time on the blog. I'm off tomorrow so I'll start to get caught back up on the email and name ornament orders.

Hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving. We traveled back to Indiana to visit family and friends. I'm starting to think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's hard to beat a day of good food and football and sitting around all doing nothing.


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Jesus Loves You Christmas Ornament.

Here is one more Christmas ornament for you to cut this year. I also included a much smaller version that you could make into a nice piece of jewelry. The small heart will be a bit more of a challenge but will lock nice when finished. Get out you #1 blade and give it a try.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from, Kellie, Patty and Steve.

Everyone be safe over the holiday. Enjoy your time with family and friends.


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Pattern donations from Alan Daines.


I received an email from Alan the other day. He wanted to share a couple patterns he had designed with all of you. I also wanted to share what he wrote.

Hello Steve,

I would just like to thank you for your excellent video on the RJR Studios Sanding Mop. Living in the UK I thought it would be a problem buying one but Angelina at RJR gave me the name of a UK distributor and, after ordering, it was here next day and I must say my productivity and the finish have improved.

Although I owned a Hegner Scrollsaw for some 25 years it has only been since last October I have been exploring the sort of work that you do. I now buy sawn boards from a local timber merchant and process them down to blanks to mainly make up hanging ornaments, 90% of which are from your designs.

Everything I make, now from a new Hegner variable speed saw, I send to my Sister in Law in Australia who in turn sells them locally to raise funds for an orphanage in Burma.

Everything I make is donated, I get a lot of pleasure and fulfilment from making them, and to date I have made over 2000 with another 1600 plus on the order book.

My wife Barbara and I have been involved with Humanitarian Aid work for over 10 years now and this is a wonderful extension to what we do.

I received a request for “Hope” in a circle and after watching your videos tried my hand at designing one. Also I thought it would be a good idea to design a Kukaburra in a circle and with the knowledge gained from your videos made one up. It must have been reasonably good because the Australians recognised it immediately.

I have attached photos and patterns of them both and if you feel they are worthy of sharing please feel free use them.

I am looking forward to your Sand Flee video, apparently delivery over here is no more than 3 weeks so it could well be on my Christmas list…………. J

Thanks again for all your good work.


Kind regards.
Alan Daines

Thanks Alan for the patterns and the effort your wife and you put into the humanitarian aid projects. I am honored that you used a few of my patterns to help out in the way you did. I hope you don't mind me sharing your email. I see so much of the giving attitude from people that follow my blog that I just have to share it. We see so much bad on the news and there is so much good out there that never gets the attention it deserves.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Jim Jenkins - Pill bottles make good scroll saw blade holders.

As craftsmen we are always looking for tips and suggestions to make our craft easier. I especially like to see the New Yankee spirit of never throwing anything away. Jim Jenkins, a new scroller from Ohio sent me this neat little suggestion for storing blades.

Jim noticed that the pill bottles he gets from Walgreens drug store have a two way top. They have an inner and outer thread. One way is child proof and the other is easy open.

Jim noticed that if he cut an opening in the top like the picture above he could attach two bottles together.
Notice that the locking inner threads go on the bottom half of the blade holder. All you have to do is insert the blades and screw on the top bottle to the non locking threads. Could not be simpler and if you are like most of us old farts around here you have plenty of pill bottles.


Jim cut some holes in a piece of wood to keep the bottles together. This is not a finished project. He said this was just a mock up. Jim suggested building a wooden platform that could be attached to the saw.

Jim and I discussed that not everyone will have access to the Walgreens style two way tops. It would just take a bit more effort to super glue up a clip on style top and accomplish the same thing. Thanks Jim.

Sand-Flee Update:

Well I have had a chance to spend a little time with the tool. I thought this would be an easy tool to review but I was wrong. I wanted to get a video review up by last weekend. That did not happen. What I have realized is that this is a unique tool not like anything I have used before and I have used every type of sander you can think of. I am going to do a full review but not until I feel like I know what the Sand-Flee is actually capable of. It really is a pretty neat tool and I don't want to short change it because of ignorance on my part. Stay tuned.




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Sunday, November 21, 2010

There is just no excuse for this.

Why would anyone make a clock in the shape of a dog's butt. I should be ashamed of myself. It's a total waste of wood. No one will download that stupid pattern. Wait! There for a minute I was channeling my wife. She was speaking through me. That's scary. I don't care because I like it. There, I said it. I like a clock stuck in the rear end of a pooch.

Okay that's really dumb and so are the rest of the mini clock patterns in this pattern book. This book is what I call a "scrap wood user upper". Dig all those small scraps of wood out of the bin and make a few stupid gifts for that someone special on your Christmas list. You know who I mean. Your Brother in Law who likes to tell you how much money he has or your sister who your mom always like better than you. You know that special someone don't you. Admit it there is someone on your list that deserves a home made crappy gift. Well here's your chance.

I call this one "Thing". Anyone remember the Adams Family? True classic TV.



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Friday, November 19, 2010

Ten Years!

My attention span is so short that I get bored when I spend two days on a project. I can't imaging spending ten years on one. That's exactly what Charlie Kested has done from 2000 to 2010. The Johnstown, NY man started the project when he was 71 years young. Now at 81 he has finished this beautiful and large piece of art.

Charlie worked on this cutting of the Declaration of Independence one word at a time cutting it from walnut. He then used a wire system to keep his lines straight as he glued them to the Baltic Birch plywood background.

Unfortunately Charlie suffered a life threatening stroke during this time and after a long recovery he finished the work with no feeling in his left hand. The former industrial arts teacher never gave up and said he always knew he would finish the piece. The hard work paid off when the piece won a first place at the Florida state fair.

Charlie says he hopes his story will inspire others with similar issues to never give up.

"I feel really blessed. I want people to know that you can still do things, that they should't give up, they should keep going," he said.

Charlie did not give up. As a matter of fact he is still going. The next project is the Gettysburg Address. He hopes to have this one finished in time for next years stat fair. You go Charlie.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pattern from Leldon Maxcy

This nice word art pattern was donated to the readers of the Scrollsaw Workshop by Leldon Maxcy from leldonscrollsawing.homestead.com. This will make a beautiful decoration for this Christmas season. Thanks Leldon.

After you gran this pattern be sure to visit Leldon's site and see what he has to offer.

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Sand-Flee Portable Drum Sander.

I have received my Sand-Flee 9 inch portable drum sander. I am putting it through it's paces and hope to get a video review up this weekend at the latest. I have received a bunch of email since I posted that I planed to buy the tool. Lots of good feedback and things for me to look at. Thanks.

I spoke with Stephen Raffo who is the President of R.J.R. Studios. They produce this tool as well as other products. He was kind enough to give me his contact info in case I had questions. So far customer service gets an A+. Thanks Stephen.

Stephen also told me that some of you that attended the Long Island woodworking show ratted me out about my comments about his video being a little Billy Mays over the top. We had a good laugh over that. If you have not seen the video look at the earlier post. If Stephen ever needs a second career he will do well as a TV pitchman.

Look for the review soon.

I am still accepting orders for the Personalized Name Ornaments.

I am almost complete on all the Name Ornaments patterns you all have ordered. If you would like to place an order please read the instructions below and click the "Order Now" button.

Don't forget to include your pets name, favorite school nickname, military, business name etc. These are just a few of the ornament pattern ideas that have been ordered. Just remember to use only letters. The longer the name the more complex the cutting. I would suggest keeping it under 10 letters. I can make it longer but it will get tough to cut.

Remember you have nothing to lose. You only pay for the ornaments after you have received the order and are completely satisfied. If you are not happy with the patterns just keep the pattern book and pay nothing. I trust you and I trust my patterns.

To the nearly 600 of you that have placed orders this season, thank you. I hope you enjoy cutting them as much as I have enjoyed making the patterns for you. Merry Christmas.



Make personalized Christmas Ornaments for family and friends. These make beautiful gifts and will be cherished for years. It's not too early to start your holiday cutting.

I know many of you just want to cut patterns. Making your own patterns just is not your cup of tea. Let me do the designing for you.

I am going to start taking orders for Name Ornament Patterns. For $5 I will design 5 ornaments with the names you need. The pattern book will be created and emailed to you for approval. If you are completely satisfied you will then be able to pay online or by sending a check.

The minimum order is $5 for 5 names. If you need addition names they will be created at an additional $1 per name.

The ornaments are 5" in diameter. You can easily change the size of the ornaments by changing the size percentage in the print dialog while printing.

I will complete the pattern book as quickly as possible.

It is best to keep the names under 10 letters. The more letters the more complex the pattern and it tends to get a little cluttered.

When you click the Order Now button below you will be directed to an order form in your browser. Completely fill out the form. Make sure you type your email address correctly. You will not be billed until you receive the pattern book.

Christmas Tree Ornament Scroll Saw Patterns.

This pattern book contains 28 Christmas tree ornaments. Most of them are for mans best friend. 22 different dog breeds in this set.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Birds in a Leaf Scroll Saw Pattern.

Here is a pattern that is a bit delicate. The project is backed with either green construction paper or felt.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Santa's Chimney.





Santa looks a little sad trying to fit into this tight chimney. This project was cut from 1/4" and 1/2" MDF but any material that accepts paint well can be used. This is another pattern with no interior cuts so it is suitable for even the very earliest beginners. There are a couple small pieces but take you time and you will do fine.

I am working my hardest to get all the Name Ornaments orders complete. Please be patient with me and I'll get them finished as soon as possible. Thanks for al the orders.

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House Number Sign.

Here is a quick project you can make for a family member or friend. I designed the frame in three different sizes to fit the number of numbers you have.

A couple of days ago I posted a request for information on the Sand-flee product. I received many many e-mails from people who either had the product or a competitive version of the product. There was a lot of great information and I want to thank everybody for sending me the e-mails. I decided to go ahead and order the 9 inch Sand-flee because that's the product I get the most e-mails about and I wanted to be able to review the unit and answer questions from my own experience. Hopefully I'll have the machine in my shop by Tuesday. After I have a little bit of time to work with it I'll post a review of my experiences from using the product as a scroll saw user.

I delivered the toy box I posted the picture of yesterday and it seemed to go over real well. I had a lot of requests to post the pattern for the toy box on the blog but I won't be able to do that because of trademark issues. If anyone is interested I would be able to do a generic pattern or similar toy box. When I build a project for myself I work from pretty rough sketches so it will take a little time for me to put it together in a readable format.

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