Thursday, March 29, 2012

Just Ride Scroll Saw Pattern.

This bicycle sprocket pattern is 8 inches in diameter. This will make a nice wall hanging for any cyclist.

This is my regular apology for not being able to answer all the email. I really do try but I'm so slow answering questions that I just get too far behind. Please do not think I am ignoring you personally. Keep sending the email and I'll do my best to get to it.

I often get email asking how I keep up with the blog and keep regular content coming and answer all the email. On a typical day I have about 2 or 3 hours to work on the blog, design a pattern and answer the email. Sometimes it's less than an hour. Some days the patterns come quick and other times I draw a complete blank. 80% of the pattern design is the idea phase. Once I have an idea I can generally draw the pattern fairly quickly. I make pattern design my 1st priority then I answer email with the time left unless there is some problem with the blog that needs attention.

After the pattern is designed it has to be uploaded to the server and the photo has to be edited. After that I write the post and publish it. If you are observant you will notice that under each post you will see the time of posting. They usually range from 11pm to 2am or later. Luckily I don't seem to need much sleep because I have to be back up a 6:30 am to go to my day job.

I am also very lucky to have volunteers that keep the Community forum and the free online catalog running smoothly. Without their help those things would be neglected badly.

Running the blog takes some time but it has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever been a part of. I have met so many great people and learned much from them. Thank all of you for allowing me to share what I do.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Table Saw Push Block Pattern.

I was in the need of a new push block for using at my table saw. I have always made my own out of scrap material around the shop. I thought I might as well dress this one up a bit. I give you The Pusher.

If you own a table saw you know how important it is to keep your hands away from the blade at all times. One tool that helps is a push block. I prefer a push block to a push stick because I feel like I have better control of the wood. The block has more contact with the wood and gives me more down force to hold the wood to the table.

For the highest degree of control and safety you need three points of pressure on the wood. You need forward pressure to push the wood into the blade. You need downward pressure to hold the wood to the table and you need side pressure to push the wood against the rip fence.

A push stick only gives you forward pressure. A push block or push shoe as some call it gives you forward and downward pressure. This still leaves the need for side pressure. In some cases you can safely use your off hand but only if you can keep your fingers a full hands width from the blade. If you cannot keep this safe distance then you should use a feather board.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bird in a Leaf Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Monday, March 26, 2012

What part of "Meow" don't you understand? Scroll Saw Pattern.

Anyone who owns a cat knows who the real master of the house is. This simple 8" X 10" wall hanging makes sure everyone knows.

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Easter Blessings Cross Scroll Saw Pattern


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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Butterfly Mini Clock Scroll Saw Pattern

A butterfly emerges from a solid block of wood in this mini clock scroll saw project. If you prefer you can leave the clock out.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bear Cubs Scroll Saw Silhouette.


The following video is a demonstration of a program I wrote a few years ago. It is called the Scroll Saw Pattern Printer. It is a simple program that prints out name plate patterns for cutting on the scroll saw. For those of you who have not seen the program take a look at the video then visit the blog and download a copy. www.scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.com


Image of the Scroll Saw Pattern Printer.


I get email all the time asking which scroll saw blades I use. I have used the Flying Dutchman brand for years and I think they are great. I buy my blades from Mike over at http://www.mikesworkshop.com/.

Mike's service and pricing are second to none. Shipping has always been fast and accurate. I want to be clear that I do not take money from Mike to advertise his business. I do it because I like his product and service. I have recommended Mike to hundreds of scrollers and the feedback I get from them is always the same positive experience. If you are looking for a quality blade at a price you can live with visit Mike.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

CorelDraw tutorial for scroll saw pattern designers. Text on a path. Lesson 006

This is the next video in the series of CorelDRAW for scroll saw pattern designers. In this video we will learn how to make text flow on a path. The pattern below the video is the project we will design. Notice how the text follows the path of the circle. Once you learn this technique it will open up all kinds of pattern design opportunities.

Luckily I only have 15 minutes per video time restrictions. This keeps me from rambling too much but it has the problem of making me go kind of fast. Remember you can pause or back up the video as much as needed to get an understanding of what I'm doing.

Some of you are having trouble keeping the videos in order when reading only the email newsletter. Remember the email newsletter is just a copy of the daily post on the blog. If you miss an email or accidentally lose one you can always come to the blog to see what you missed. You can also visit my YouTube channel where all the videos are hosted. Just click the link the the left hand column of the blog that says "Scrollsaw Workshop Videos"

I will also be publishing a new page with the CorelDRAW tutorials listed in order as soon as I can get it worked up.

Make sure you click the full screen icon in the bottom right of the video.



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Monday, March 19, 2012

DuWayne Schwindt, Intarsia Art Video.

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