Saturday, December 31, 2011

Man Cave Door Topper.

This door topper is over 19 inches long.

This is a two part pattern. Cut both halves leaving extra on the half with the dotted like.
Tape the pattern together at the dotted line.
Use spray adhesive to apply the pattern to the blank. Notice that I applied the pattern to the edge of the board. That gives me less to cut on the scroll saw.
Drill all the interior holes.
I cut my sign from MDF and will paint it.




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Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Little Wooden Bling.


The initial patterns in this book can be made into a necklace, broach or purse tag. I used 1/8" contrasting woods for this necklace. It might be a little large for a necklace so just reduce the size as much as you like and think you can still cut.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hoops Scroll Saw Pattern.




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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Welcome Buggy Scroll Saw Pattern.


I am a believer that everyone needs a hobby. We live in such a hectic world and the stress just builds and builds. The economy, work, family events and even holidays can all add to the stress. There is just nothing better than being able to get lost in something you are passionate about. For that period of time the stress just goes away and your body and mind can recover.

Those of you who come to my blog understand exactly what I am talking about. Most of you scroll for just that reason. I don't know if it will make me live longer or keep me healthier but I know one thing, I'm happy when I'm in my shop.

If you have the opportunity to help someone get started in the hobby of scrolling take the time for that person. Show them just how rewarding making something with your hands can be. Pass on the passion you have. If they show real interest mentor them. You just might be giving them the gift of happiness.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to the readers of the Scrollsaw Workshop.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. I will be taking a couple days off from blogging and just focus on my family for the weekend. Thank you all for making 2011 a very special year for me. The Blog has continued to grow and I have made many new friends. Everyone be safe in your travels. I hope Santa brings you all happiness and health. Enjoy.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gold Star Mothers.

This plaque and Christmas ornament honor the mothers who have lost a son or daughter while serving our country in the military.

In 1928 a small group of mothers met in Washing DC to establish the organization called the Gold Star Mothers Inc. The organization was named after the gold star that families hung in their window in honor of the deceased veteran.

The sacrifice of these mothers and the sorrow in their heart is something only they can truly know. I received an email from a gold star mother asking me to put together a pattern she could cut for herself and to give to other gold star mothers. She had lost her son in Afghanistan and she mentioned how difficult this time of year is for her and her family. She misses her son. There are so many mothers who are missing their son and daughter right now. If I could make one wish for Christmas this year it would be that there was never another mother who became a Gold Star mother.

God bless all the Gold Star mothers and their families.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hummingbird Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Delta 40-690 20 inch variable speed scroll saw at Woodcraft.

This is just a heads up on a good deal I read about today. In my local Woodcraft store ad they had the Delta 20 inch scroll saw on sale for $349. This price may not be available at all Woodcraft stores. The Delta is a re-branded DeWalt scroll saw and at that price is a very attractive deal. If you are looking to purchase a new saw for Christmas this would be worth checking out.

I don't think all Woodcraft stores send out the same local ads so make sure you check before you make the drive.

Picture share from Mike Delgado.


I received an email from Mike a couple days ago telling me he liked to reduce the military plaques so they could be hung from more places. It sounded like a nice project so I asked him if he could send me pictures.

Today I received the pictures and wanted to share them with you all. I think they turned out great. At this size you could even use them as Christmas ornaments. Both of the plaques in the pictures are the ones celebrating the mothers of a soldier. Any of the plaques could be completed the same way.

This might make the cutting a little more difficult but Mike suggested taking your time and they will come out fine. He reduced the pattern to 55% so he could still cut all the detail. He used nice contrasting 1/8" thick woods.

Thanks for the pictures Mike.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fancy Bird Plate.


I mentioned yesterday that a few readers here were using my patterns to make scrap-booking paper cuttings using the paper die-cut machines. I had several emails asking about the machines and what software was used to make or convert the patterns. I recently had an email from someone giving me some info but I lost it. Could one of you scrap-booking gurus email me with the best machine and software available for this craft. If you know of a good scrap-booking forum where the topic of die-cutting is discussed that would be good info also.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Wooden Gift Tags Scroll Saw Patterns.

Add a special hand made touch to your gift wrapping this season. You can stack cut several of these at a time from 1/8" stock. The DecoColor paint pens write on wood very well. They can be purchased in several colors. I personally like the liquid gold color because it looks great on wood.

I am getting more and more laser cutting and engraving folks here on the blog. These would make a great laser project. You could cut the tag and engrave the name for a very nice project.

While I'm at it I want to welcome all the paper cutting and scrap-booking folks. I'm still not too familiar with your stencil cutting machines but I understand you can use my patterns with them also. I guess these tags cut in heavy weight paper would work well also.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thank you to the mothers and fathers of our military heros.

Some time ago I designed a set of patterns honoring the veterans of the different branches of our military. One of my readers has made several of these plates and given them to honor their service. He made a great suggestion to me today that I should redesign them to honor the mothers and fathers of our active soldiers. Too good of an idea to pass up so here they are.

These plates are 8 inches in diameter. They are large enough to be hung on the wall or displayed in a plate easel. There are 10 patterns included. Two for each branch of service.

The last week we have seen many of the troops returning home from Iraq. The pictures of the family greeting the soldiers are heart warming. The relief and pride in the family members eyes is impossible to miss.

Sometime in the near future I will add patterns for the wife and other family members to complete the collection.

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