Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Corel Draw Graphics Suite X4

The new version of CorelDraw is being released so now is a good time to buy the last version. The New version is X5. You can get a deal on version X4 at Amazon right now. Many of you know that I use CorelDraw to design all my patterns. It's an investment in money and time but it does give the tools needed to design patterns. Don't buy it if you want a quick path to designing patterns. There is a learning curve. If you are serious and want to take the hobby to a new level then CorelDraw Graphic Suite X4 might be a good investment for you.

Designing patterns for the scroll saw requires only a small subset of the features of a vector graphic program like Draw. Because of this the older version are generally fine for us.

After this post I will get a bunch of email telling me that Inkscape is just as good as CorelDraw and it is free. Inkscape is a fine open source vector graphics program. I don't personally find it as easy to use as CorelDraw. By all means give Inkscape a try. If it works for you then use it. You sure can't beat the price.

Just for the record I am an Amazon affiliate but I receive no money from the link above. I only wanted to share this info because I think it's a good deal.

Art Deco Mini Picture Frame

You can probably tell I'm trying to use up wood scraps this week. This ArtDeco style mini picture frame is another project from the scrap bin. A small piece of Ambrosia maple and a little rosewood is all I needed to make this nice little desk picture frame. I used a 50mm photo insert from Woodcraft. It's nice to have a 1 7/8" forstner bit to cut the hole for the frame.

The photo insert costs $3.99. You can make a nice gift for practically no cost with projects like this.

Keep in mind that simple projects like this are all about the wood choice. This piece made from oak or pine would not be much to look at. Make it from some nice exotics or unique grained wood and you have something special. You are using so little wood that the high cost of exotics is not much of a concern here. In the project above the Ambrosia stain in the maple adds a great deal to the look of the piece. Then it is set off from the Rosewood background and really makes it pop. This piece also looks best with a high gloss finish.

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Free Pattern Catalog. 1000's of free patterns.


Thousands of FREE scroll saw patterns. No registration or signup required.

The projects form these patterns can be sold without restrictions. The patterns cannot be sold.

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Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw Book $12 Each

Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
Watch the following video to see how easy these beautiful scroll saw vases
are to make. 

Order the $3 pdf Catalog

This is a PDF of all the patterns in my free catalog. It is for Windows only and has a program to automatically download the pattern to your computer. Please watch the video below before you order. Click the picture to order.
You do not need a PayPal account to order. At the bottom of the PayPal page is a button that will allow you to pay with a credit card. After successful payment click the Return to Merchant button for the download.

Stencil Printer 1.7

Stencil Printer Instruction Video.

The Scrollsaw Workshop Stencil Printer 1.7 is my latest software for creating patterns. It will create key chain fobs, desk name plates and more. Click the image above to download the latest version. It is free to use donationware. This software is for Windows PC only.

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1
Download the Free Scroll Saw Pattern Printer Version 1.1. Create name patterns in seconds. Windows PC only.
Download Version 1.1
Please consider a $5 donation for The Scroll Saw Pattern Printer v1.1.

Scroll Saw Keychain Pattern Maker

Use the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker to start a small keychain business. Build yourself a nice display and make up severl keychains with common names. Sell at craft shows, on Ebay or at work. Everyone needs a keychain. Take custom orders. Heck just make them and give them away as gifts. It's all made easy with the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker. Watch the video demonstration then download the file below and get started with the fun.
The following link will start the download process. After the file download is complete just click the setup file and the program will be installed. Please consider a $5 donation for the program.

Download the Oval Keychain Pattern Maker.

Enjoy designing and printing these great personalized key chains. Give them as gifts, make them for fun or sell them at craft shows. It's easy, just watch the video demo then download and install the program. You will be designing these fun projects in minutes. Windows PC only.
Download the Free Oval Key Chain Pattern Maker. Create Oval key chain patterns in seconds.
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Papa's Custom Patterns.


Philip Lowndes Noah's Arc Pattern Available. Watch the video below.

This video is from Philip Lowndes. He is the designer of this beautiful Noah's Arc puzzle pattern. If you would like the pattern follow the link below.
Buy This Wonderful Heirloom Puzzle Pattern

Think Safety

Remember to keep the safety of yourself and others in your work shop in your thoughts at all times. Always wear eye and ear protection. Follow all the manufactures warnings that came with your power tools. If I demonstrate something on this web site that you don't feel is safe, don't do it. Your safety is your responsibility. Fingers are handy things, try to keep all of them.
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