Sunday, July 31, 2011

Don't Ever Give Up.


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Friday, July 29, 2011

If Nursing Was Easy It Would Be Called Management.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rockwell Bladerunner Questions.

This is the Rockwell Bladerunner. Since this tool hit the market several months ago I have been receiving more and more email about it. Let me start out by saying I have not used the Bladerunner so I am not in any way trying to review it here. I just want to give my observations after reading many reviews and watching several video reviews.

The number one question I receive is "Should I buy this instead of a scroll saw?". Rockwell advertises the Bladerunner as an alternative to a few different tools. One tool they mention is a scroll saw. Well, I guess in the broadest sense of the word you could consider it an alternative. The blade runner will make outside and inside scroll cuts. That's about as far as I will go on calling the Bladerunner a scroll saw. It is a jig saw mounted upside down under a table. It uses T style jigsaw blades. That means that the interior hole can be no smaller than the blades which are very large when compared to scroll saw blades. This eliminates the tool from all but the most basic scroll saw patterns. It is not an alternative for anyone who wishes to do detailed fretwork.

Okay now that I have that out of the way let me go on by saying that the Bladerunner might have a home in the crafters workshop. The system is under $200 which seems like a fair price for a consumer level product. It does have some versatility in that it will cut wood, tile, metal and plastic. It comes with a simple miter guide and rip fence. From what I have seen I would not count on very accurate cuts but that's not what this tool is for.

I will try to get my hands on one so I can talk about the quality of the machine for those of you that might consider this for your shop. The video below is the official Rockwell web commercial. As usual they hype the tool a little over the top but is does show what the tool can do.





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Voices in my head!


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Oval Dragon Plaque.

Ten inch tall oval plaque.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

3D Deer Demonstration on the Scroll Saw.

This is one of my older videos but I keep getting email asking where the video is so I thought I would just post it again. This project is a lot of fun and it's great for when you have guests in the shop. It's a quick way to show off the scroll saw to someone who has never seen one before. Best of all you can cut this in under a minute with a little practice.




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Sunday, July 24, 2011

More Scroll Saw School Videos added. Five new Mini Clock patterns.

I have added more videos to the Scroll Saw School with many more to come. Click the icon above and I hope those of you that are just getting started will find them useful.

This pattern book has five more mini clock patterns. They use the 1 7/16" mini clock inserts. These are a little random but you might find something you like.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Baby Jesus.


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Friday, July 22, 2011

Warning, Guard Dog.


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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Legend Has Retired.

Need a gag gift for the person retiring in your office. Cut this plaque for them. I included the years 2011 thru 2015.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Woven Box Scroll Saw Pattern


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Just getting started but at least it's a start..


I have a very small start to the Scroll Saw School. If you click the picture above you will be taken to my new page where I will be posting basic scroll saw videos. The picture above is also located in the left hand column of the blog. I want these videos to cover everything a new scroller needs to feel comfortable starting out.

My plan is to keep each video very specific to a technique or tip. I will try to keep the videos short and to the point. The first two videos cover scroll saw blades and are rather lengthy. A few topics might require several minutes but most will be a couple minutes long.

Many of you have already sent suggestions for topics and tips. I appreciate the help. Hopefully we can put together a resource here that will bring more people into the hobby.

I know there is not much there yet but I wanted to open it up so all of you can help me make this as good of a resource as possible.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Saved by Grace.


For those of you who tried but failed to download yesterdays pattern, I am sorry for the trouble. I removed the pattern and the post after the email newsletter went out.

This is a good time to remind everyone including myself about trademark and copyright violations in scroll saw patterns. Any name that is a trademark of a company or copyrighted image is not fair game for scroll saw patterns. In yesterdays key chains I used names that were trademarks of various companies. Luckily I came to my senses before anyone said anything but you have to be very careful when designing patterns or selling products. It can sometimes seem innocent enough to use something without permission but if there is any doubt don't do it. Get permission or leave it alone.


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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Uncle Sam Scroll Saw Portrait.

I have the next week off of work. No plans right now to go anyplace so I hope to be spending a lot of time in the shop. I also have plans to open a new feature on the blog if I can get everything in place. What I want to do is put together a video page that will just have techniques and tips for people just getting started with the scroll saw. Right now when a new reader ask me for a tutorial on a specific technique I can't easily send them to my videos because they were never organized for that.

My vision is to have a page that will take a novice from the very basics to intermediate skills as quick as possible. I have always had the goal with my blog to get new people involved in the hobby. I think I have accomplished that to a certain degree but I really want to take it further.

The first step will be to get an outline of all the skills I want to teach. That's where I can use some help. It's going to take quite some time to get the videos all filmed and edited. If you have any ideas for techniques you think would have helped you when you first started send me an email and I'll try to add as many as I can.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lucky Double Dragons


Here in the U.S. we are well into the summer season. The heat index across parts of the country is pushing 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Many woodworkers are foregoing their hot workshop in favor cooler activities. Nothing wrong with taking some time off to rejuvenate the creative juices but if you just have to get your scrolling fix here are a few ideas.

Take the opportunity to try your hand at designing a scroll saw pattern. There are lots of tutorials on the web for using your computer to draw a pattern. If you want to get started with a free program check out Inkscape at www.inkscape.org It's a free powerful vector graphics program that will work nicely to design patterns. There is a learning curve but you can do it.

Take a walk around the shop and look for safety items that need to be corrected. Make a list and take the time to get the supplies ready for when the weather cools a bit. While your at it put together a first aid kit. Here is a Fine Woodworking article about first aid in the wood shop. You should also make sure your fire extinguisher is functional.

Join one of the scroll saw or woodworking forums. Of course I would recommend our wonderful Community forum. Another fine forum is hosted on Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts Magazine site. If you have never participated in one of these forums you are really missing out. You will meet new friends that share your interests. There are scrollers of every skill level in the forums. You will find everyone willing to help with question or just share a good joke.

Keep your eyes open for local arts and crafts shows. Consider participating or just visiting the show. You will be surprised how inspired you will be to get back in the shop after a trip to a good arts and crafts festival.

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and getting a chance to spend some time with their scroll saw. Stay cool and make as much saw dust as you can.



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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Kitchen. My Rules.


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Monday, July 11, 2011

Ooh Look It's a Rabbit Designs by Suzan.

This is a nice video I found on YouTube by Susan from Ooh Look It's a Rabbit Designs. Susan describes herself as a compulsive crafter. One look around her blog and you will understand why. She works and is proficient in several different media.

I like this video because she shows that you don't have to have a computer degree to create scroll saw patterns. She shows how she uses designs from books and modifies them to make her own unique patterns.

Take a few minutes to watch the video and maybe it will give you some ideas for creating your own patterns.

After you watch her video jump over to her Etsy site and take a look at all the crafts she has for sale.




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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Hike


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Dragon Plaque Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Friday, July 8, 2011

The Nimer Comb.

I received an email today from a wood craft artist from La Ceiba, Honduras. His name is Nimer Alvarado. Nimer lives is a place where the scroll saw is not a common tool. He was not able to find a saw that accepts plain end blades and I'm not sure if he even has an electric saw yet. He has been looking but the shipping from the U.S. is more expensive than the saw it's self.

Nimer has been reading my blog waiting until he could find a saw. One of the projects he decided to make was the comb pattern I published a couple weeks ago. I'll be the first to admit that some of my patterns are just trinkets and don't have much artistic quality. The comb pattern was just something to tinker with in the shop. That was until I saw what Nimer did with that simple pattern.

He had a problem where the teeth were too brittle so he decided to make the comb from two pieces of wood with the grain of the teeth running perpendicular to the handle. Not only did this improve the strength it took a very plain pattern and in my opinion made it a piece of woodworking art.

This just goes to show how something so simple can be so beautiful. He was kind enough to let me modify the pattern to include his technique. Now why didn't I think of that?

Thanks Nimer.

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