Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Heads up on the heades up.

Looks like when they said limited quantities they really meant limited quantities. The Woodcraft sale for the Delta 40-690 that I mentioned yesterday looks to be sold out with no back-orders.

Delta had introduced the model 40-695 late last year and I guess they are just clearing stock for the new model to hit the shelves. I talked to Delta and the new model won't be in the stores until April.

I have had reports that some people are still finding the model 40-690 available in their local Woodcraft stores so it might be worth a phone call to check local inventory.

The specs on the new model are very similar to the old one. The biggest difference appears that the upper arm has been redesigned to stay in the up position when changing blades. That's a nice addition.

Sorry for the late notice on this sale but at least a few of you were able to take advantage of the price.

Heads up.

The Delta 20" Model 40-690 scroll saw is currently available on sale for $349.99 at Woodcraft. The price includes the stand and light. The ad says the price runs through March 1, 2012 but quantities are limited.

If you are looking to upgrade from an entry level saw or are just getting started in the hobby this saw would be a good choice. The model 40-690 has a 20" throat capacity. It is variable speed and the table tilts 45 degrees left and right. All the controls are up front for easy access and blade changes are tool free and easy. It has a flexible dust blower. The table is large with lots of room in front of the blade to support your project while cutting. The build quality is very good and the saws weighs in at 83 lbs. The included stand and the heft of this saw help keep vibration low. The Delta comes with a nice lamp that can be easily positioned to make seeing the pattern line easier. One accessory that is not included but in my opinion a must is a foot switch. I like the dead mans style switch. The foot switch keeps your hand free to hold the project at all times.

I have used this saws cousin (DeWalt DW788) for years and it has proven to be reliable and accurate. The two saws are nearly identical except for the color scheme and branding.

If you are in the market for a new saw check this one out.

Disclaimer:
I received no compensation for this post. I just want to point out what I think is a good deal for those who might be interested.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Panther Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Friday, January 27, 2012

If friends were flowers, I'd pick you.

Pattern Below.

The following video is produced by Adrian Iredale. He shows how to make a wonderful keyed heart box without using a pattern. As always his presentation is smooth and easy to follow. Make sure you check out his YouTube channel to see all his videos. Thanks for posting such great videos Adrian.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Parrot Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Johnny Cash Guitar Portrait Pattern.


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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cobra Scroll Saw Pattern.


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The horse, a wild heart but a loving soul.

If you only receive the email newsletter please don't forget to visit the blog. You will find lots of extra content including helpful videos and software for your PC. We have the Community forum and the free pattern catalog.

I also sell the Jigsaw Puzzle Pattern book on the blog. You can create heirloom puzzles from your own photographs. Watch the video demonstration and then you can purchase the pattern book on the blog for only $7.



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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wedding Remembrance.

This wedding remembrance can be customized with either the date or name of the bride and groom. Use your computer to size and print the name or date.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Adopt A Pet Scroll Saw Pattern.

Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). If you want a pet please consider adoption. Visit your local shelter and find a friend for your family.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

If the keys are missin' I've gone fishin'

This should make the fishermen in your family happy. If the keys are missin' I've gone fishin' key hanger.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sheila Landry Designs. Free sample of a set of 12 available from her site.

Sheila Landry designs has a wonderful set of patterns that would be great for Valentines Day or just about any occasion. The set contains patterns for 12 beautiful heart ornaments and pendants. Both sizes are included. These patterns are suited for the beginner or advanced scroller. The pattern book includes complete instructions including embellishing the piece with beads or stones.

She is offering the readers of the Scrollsaw Workshop this free sample. After you complete the sample you are going to want to go buy the rest of the set. Just jump over to Sheila Landry Design . The set is currently on sale for $5.95. I'm not sure how long this price will last so hurry on over.


One Man's Opinion:
If you have a display where you sell your scroll work I highly recommend you make this set. This is the perfect type of project to make for sale. The time to cut will be short. They will display nicely. You can make the project with inexpensive beads and sell them at a low price or buy nice stones for a richer look and price. You can use wood out of your scrap box. I do recommend using exotic or nice domestic wood for these if you plan to sell them. The main reason these will sell well is because Sheila is one of the few designers who has the woman's touch. many of her designs market well to women. Let's face it, women buy most of our work. If you don't market to women you likely won't sell much.


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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hummingbird Sculpture Scroll Saw Pattern.


This hummingbird sculpture is a combination of 2d and 3d scroll sawing. The flower is made using simple compound cuts and the hummer is cut from 1/8 inch thick Baltic birch ply.

The piece is delicate so I used a large solid base to give it some heft. I would not plan on trying to ship this piece. It would be very hard to get it there in one piece.

When you drill the hole to insert the bird in the flower notice the angle. He looks better flying higher so make sure you get that angle correct. The stem also sits a little angle in the base. It should angle back a little so it does not look droopy. Is droopy a word? :)

I told you earlier this week that I am on vacation. It's almost over and I actually got most of my to-do list completed. I got the shop mostly cleaned up. I rebuilt my computer room and I got a few patterns designed for you guys. I even took my wife to the movies and out to eat. Tomorrow she wants to go buy some furniture for the bedroom so I have managed to stay out of the dog house. That's what I call a good vacation. All of this came at the expense of not answering many emails so I'm sorry about that but I'll work on them a little at a time.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

filterAfan Product Demonstration Video.

The picture above is a product by the name of filterAfan. I received the unit in the mail today and I'm so impressed with the product I wanted to share it with you guys. The product came to me from Bret Chilcott of filterafan.com. Bret is a woodworker who wanted to solve a problem that we all have. He wanted to control the dust in his shop and do it as inexpensively as possible.

His solution was to improve on the box fan filter many that of us have used for years. He designed a shroud for easy filter attachment and replacement. The filterAfan shroud will fit the Lasko model 3733 and the Galaxy model 4733 box fans sold in many stores.

Watch the video below to see my demonstration of the filterAfan. After watching the video jump over to filterafan.com and pick up one of these for yourself. You can purchase the shroud by it's self for $24.95. He also has package priced where you can purchase the shroud, fan and filter.





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North Eastern Ohio Scroll Saw Picnic 2012.

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I want everyone to mark your calendars for the North Eastern Ohio Scrollers Picnin 2012. The event will be held Friday - Sunday May 4, 5 and 6. The location is the Richfield Ohio Days Inn and Conference Center. There will be vendors, demonstrations, seminars and a chance to meet new friends in the hobby.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Valentine Plate. Kissing on the Moon.


My vacation is half over and I have actually been able to get some things accomplished. I have almost completed my shop cleaning. I only have a little rearranging left to do. I decided to tear down my computer room and start over. The cables had gotten out of hand. I know this sounds crazy but you should have seen the mess. I've been in this computer room for about 9 years and have added and removed several computers, printers, monitors etc. The cable monster was starting to cause problems so I pulled them all out and started over. It's amazing how many cables I have no idea what they went to. I have 6 wall warts that I can't find the device they attached to. The good news is that all the computers are back up and running as of tonight.

This winter cleaning has me grossly behind on answering email. There are about 300 in my inbox. I'll try to start going through them tomorrow so please understand that I might not get to answer them all. I will read them.

I hope you enjoy this Valentine Plate. It's about 8 inches and can be cut from 3 layers of 1/4 inch thick wood.


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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Do you need more tools? Win them!

Popular Woodworking Magazine is having a great giveaway. $6000 dollars worth of Jet power tools and Bessey clamps. The contest runs until June 30 2012. You can enter everyday to increase you chances of winning. If you share the contest with others you also receive extra entries. I entered and now I'm sharing the contest with you to increase my chances.

By entering you are signing up to receive their newsletter and agreeing to receive email from the contests prize providers. If you hate this type of email then don't sign up but they are great companies that sell products I like so I don't find that a problem. You can un-subscribe anytime. All the official rules are posted below.



Workshop Makeover Giveaway Official Rules


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"WORKSHOP MAKEOVER GIVEAWAY" SWEEPSTAKES

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2. TO ENTER: The "Workshop Makeover Giveaway" Sweepstakes ("Sweepstakes") begins on Dec. 1, 2011 and ends on June 30, 2012. To enter, go to http://popwood.com/winshop/ and access the Sweepstakes entry form. Complete the required information and submit your entry so that it is received by Sponsor's server by 11:59 PM ET on June 30, 2012 (an “Online Entry”). Limit one Online Entry per person/email address per day.

You may earn additional entries into the Sweepstakes by referring others to the Sweepstakes via the unique referral link (“personal sharing link”) that will appear on your computer screen after you have submitted your Sweepstakes entry. You will receive three bonus entries the first time each person you referred enters the Sweepstakes via your personal sharing link.

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