Thursday, February 3, 2011

Prayers needed for the people on the coast of Australia.

I have readers all over the world and I when I get an email like I received today it makes my heart sink. Steve Paris a fellow scroller and reader of the Scrollsaw Workshop is in the path of Cyclone Yasi. Yasi is one huge storm with winds expected to reach 186 mph. It hit the coast early Thursday with lots of destruction. Fortunately there have been no reports of deaths or serious injury. Everyone please keep Steve, his family and all the citizens in your prayers today.

Hang in there Steve and let me know how you are doing when you are safe.

Birds of a Feather Flock Together.

This cutting is over ten inches tall and can be backed with color paper to make it stand out. The piece is just a play on the words of an old proverb "Birds of a feather will flock together".

Let's talk about drilling interior holes. In most hardware stores to can buy 1/16 or 1/8 inch diameter drill bits. Sometimes these are too big for patterns with very small interior cuts. We have super fine blades and we need super small bits. Luckily we can buy micro bits for this purpose.

The bits are sold with a numbering system. The higher the number the smaller the diameter of the bit. A #72 bit is .025 inches in diameter. That's really small. You can buy a set of bits or buy the sizes you need most often in quantity. I recommend figuring out the sizes you need and buying them by the dozen. You won't need all the sizes in a set and they will break so buying in bulk is the best idea.

One issue with these small bits is that they won't fit in a standard drill press chuck. There are a couple options for this problem. You can buy a hand vise and drill the holes by hand or purchase a micro chuck and use that to hold the bits in your drill press.

The picture below shows a set of micro bits, hand vise and micro chuck with different size collets. There are a couple different types of hand vises. The one in the picture below uses a spiral shaft to spin the bit as you push down. You can also buy a hand vise that requires you to twist the bit manually. Watch the video below to see a demonstration of the push hand vise.

You can purchase these bits several places online. Sloan's Workshop is one choice. Mike's Workshop is another excellent source.

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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.

Click here for the Free Online Catalog.


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.