Thursday, December 9, 2010

The E3 Sentry Scroll Saw Pattern.

The Boeing E-3 Sentry is an American military airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft based on the Boeing 707 that provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications. It is used by countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, and NATO air defense forces. It is distinguished by the rotating disc-shaped radome above the fuselage. Production ended in 1992 after 68 had been built.

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Lemon Oil? Really?

Lets talk about lemon oil. This subject gets me more email questions than just about any other subject. I think that's because I am the only one on the planet that uses the stuff for scroll saw projects. Maybe I'm the crazy one here.

I re-posted the finishing video yesterday because of several questions and the video just prompted more questions.

First, let me say that I don't want to say it's the best way to finish a project. It's just the way I finish projects. It has worked for me for years and it might work for you also. Then again you might hate it. Use what works for you. There are so many ways to finish a scroll saw project that it would be nuts to say there were a best way.

The number one question I get is about cost. At first glance lemon oil looks expensive. A small 8oz bottle cost from $4 to $8. It takes 3 or 4 bottle to fill a medium sized container deep enough to dip a project. The thing is a little goes a long way. I am not a production cutter but I probably make more scroll saw projects than most of you. In the last 3 years I have purchased no more than 6 bottles of lemon oil and my dipping container is still full. After I dip the project I let the excess run off back into the container. There is very little waste because the stuff has a very slow evaporation rate. I don't even bother to cover the container most nights.

The next question is why use lemon oil instead of tung oil. There in not a great answer to that question. Lemon oil has a thinner viscosity than tung oil so it is easier for me to dip the project which is the reason I use lemon oil in the first place. Tung oil is a nice product and I consider it a wipe on wipe off finish. Tung oil gives better protection to the wood and does not dry out like lemon oil does. I have no problem with tung oil it's just not what I use.

For me the primary disadvantage of lemon oil is the slow evaporation rate. If you dip a project in lemon oil and leave it un-sealed it will seep oil for days even after it looks dry. You absolutely have to seal it with an acrylic or lacquer spray for any protection. If you sit in on a table cloth un-sealed you will come back and find a stain on the cloth. Tung oil will not do that. When it cures it's safe.

Let me say this again. I am not recommending that you use lemon oil. I am just showing you how I finish my projects. I like how easy it is to use. I like the low cost. I like the natural finish it gives.

If any of you would like to make a video about how you finish your scroll saw projects you could upload it to YouTube and I would love to share it with everyone. Just drop me the link and I'll post it.

I hope this answers a few more of your questions.

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A special Christmas offer form Sue Mey.

If you have followed my blog for any time you know that I have a high respect for two scroll saw pattern designers. Sue Mey and Sheila Landry are in my opinion the most creative designers in the hobby. There are other designers out there making more detailed fretwork but no one is as proficient or creative as these two ladies.

Anytime one of them ask me to post a special from their web site I am more than happy to put it out there. The reason is that I know my readers will be thrilled with the product and service they get from either of them.

I received an email from Sue today and she wanted to pass on a special Christmas offer from her website. Do your self a favor and run don't walk to take advantage of this offer. Read what Sue had to say below.

A note from Sue.

Christmas is around the corner and as a thank you for all your support during 2010, I am presenting a special offer on patterns for the month of December. For every four regular-priced pattern downloads you purchase from my Website a similarly-priced free pattern of your choice will be delivered to you by email. To make use of the offer, simply note the chosen product code(s) in the ‘comments’ section of the order form. Choose from thousands of patterns in 35 Categories.

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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.
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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.