Friday, December 31, 2010

True Believing Trekkies.

There are still thousands of Trekkies out there. Star Trek has an almost cult following even 40 years after the show was canceled. This pattern is for true believers of the science fictions show from the 60's.

I my opinion The New Scroll Saw Handbook is the finest book ever written for the hobby. Patrick Spielman is a true legend in the community. He wrote many fine books before his death in 2004. this is not a pattern book but if you want to study the hobby in all it's detail click the picture above and buy this book. You will not regret it.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Xtreme SK8 skate board scroll saw pattern.



Skateboarding is an activity enjoyed by more than 20 million people in the world. Mostly made up of males under the age of 18 according to Wikipedia. The sport started out in the late 40's or early 50's probably as a spin-off of surfing in California.

If you have a skater in your family I'm sure he would appreciate this project. The pattern is a little over 5.5 inches tall and 9 inches long.


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wave Rider Scroll Saw Pattern.

I have been reminded more than once that I ignore several different sports. Here is a pattern for all the surfers out there.

Baltic Birch Plywood is a fantastic product for many scroll saw projects. It's reasonably priced, easy to cut and comes in a variety of thicknesses. This variety pact from Woodcraft includes 1/8", 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" thicknesses. For many scrollers it's difficult to find lumber in these dimensions. It's not the first choice for some projects but for many it looks great. Ornaments, fretwork boxes, fretwork clocks all look nice cut from ply.

Baltic Birch ply is a very high quality plywood. Don't confuse it with plywood you find in the big box stores that carry construction grade ply. This stuff is virtually void free and holds up great even with intricate fretwork. If you are interested in giving BB ply a try click the picture above and check out this variety pack from Woodcraft. As a disclaimer, I am an affiliate for Woodcraft and will receive a small commission from any purchase.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Lucky Dragon Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Scroll Saw Blade Holder TV. What? Geek alert!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas. My family and I had a wonderful time. We had Christmas at home and visited relatives in Indiana. It was a beautiful white Christmas day here. We had just enough snow to cover the ground but not so much that travel was bad.

One of my presents was a Slingbox Solo. For those of you not familiar with the product it allows you to watch your cable TV from any place you have an internet connection. You can watch it on a computer or many different cell phones and the Ipad or Ipod touch. It works great and even lets you access your DVR. You can view the TV guide, change channels and even record a show to your DVR.

I have an Ipad and an Ipod touch so I came up with the idea of using the Touch to watch my TV while I scroll. I know, I'm a geek. It let's me watch TV, play my music collection and watch my internet podcasts.

I wanted a stand to hold the touch and keep it somewhat protected from the dust. A dowel rod some MDF and clear Plexiglas and I was all set. It also lets me easily move it to where ever I want to watch it.

I know this is an expensive way to get cable TV in your workshop but if you want to take your cable or satellite TV on the road when you travel then the Slingbox is a great solution. A side benefit for me was having portable wireless cable TV in my workshop.

In the picture above you see the holder with the Touch connected to some external speakers.
Here is the side view of the holder.
A close up view showing the Plexiglas front for protection. I plan to seal the end with fabric with a slit to keep more dust out and still be able to get the Touch in and out easily.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

A Christmas Wish.

I made a Christmas wish for you,
For a holiday full of pleasure,
Friends and family all around,
And memories to treasure.

I wish for you a Christmas filled
With joyous holiday cheer;
I wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a very Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Key Chain for the Geek in your life.


Mention the three finger salute to any computer geek and they will smile and shake their head. The CTRL , ALT and DEL keys are the best friend and worst enemy to every Windows user.

This key chain will make a nice stocking stuffer for a geek. I used 1/8 inch contrasting woods. I stack cut the outside cut then separated the pieces and used a #2/0 blade to cut out the letters. I also made a couple of score cuts to show a separation of the keys.

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Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen Scroll Saw Pattern.

This pattern is a table decoration for a girls sweet sixteen birthday party.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010