Thursday, May 31, 2012

Four Letter Openers.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Decorative Fretwork Pattern.


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Monday, May 28, 2012

Custom paper clock dial from your photo. Order now at this introductory price.

I am excited to start a new service here at the Scrollsaw Workshop. Custom paper clock dials from your photo. The clocks you make from these dials will make wonderful gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birth of a baby and special events. I will also include patterns for two different style clocks for your custom dial. You can also use the dials on any clock pattern you already have. You may need to re-size the dial for some clocks.


Please read and understand what you will receive before you place your order:

You will receive 1 digital file by email containing four different size clock dials. If you look at the picture above you will notice that there is a square dial and a round dial. Cut the pattern depending on if you want the round or the square dial. This allows you to print as many of the dials as you need for your projects. Want to make a clock for all the grandchildren? Print what you need.

Please make sure the photo is of good enough quality to print out well. A picture straight from your digital camera will work best. Pictures that you have downloaded from facebook will likely be too small. I'll try to work with any photo you have but the results may vary.

Remember that the photo will be cropped to fit inside the circle. I will position the photo to best fit the space but some photos work better than others. Consider this when you select your photo.

I will do limited photo enhancement so please make sure the photo looks good before you upload it.

Photos will currently only be accepted from the upload form in the provided link. Eventually I hope to accept photographs by mail to be scanned in at an additional cost but that is a few days off.

You will receive links to two different style clock patterns for use with the dials.

Simply print the size dial you wish to use and use spray adhesive to attach the dial to the clock.

Apply several coats of spray acrylic to the clock to seal the dial and finish the clock.

Clocks will require a quartz clock movement to complete.

I will complete the custom paper dial as quick as possible but there may be delays based on my ability to get them complete. I just don't know yet what the demand will be so as I get further along I may be able to give better return times. Each order will contain only one photo. If you want more than one custom dial you will need to fill out an order for each photo uploaded. I will eventually allow multiple uploads per order but I need to start simple.

You will only pay after you receive the dial and are happy with it. I will send the email including the digital file along with a link to pay with your credit card. I will also include my address so you can pay with check or cash.

The price will got up on June 10 to $10 per photo.


Below are a couple examples of what you can do with these custom paper dials. Patterns for both styles of clocks will be included with your order.





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Remember the fallen on Memorial Day.


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Vogmask.com High Fashion Dust Mask.



I was ask by the people at Vogmask to review their fashionable particle mask. I have reviewed masks before but these are definitely the best looking set of masks on the market. Who says you can't look good in the shop? They Sell for $20 shipping included. That price is very reasonable in my opinion.
I ask for and was sent the 8bit computer graphics mask. Being an old computer geek I just had to have this one. Watch the video review above for more details. Visit the Vogmask web page and pick up one or two of these fashionable masks.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Simple Mallard Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Another Custom Clock.

A reader sent me the idea for this clock. Turns out you can disassemble clock inserts and replace the paper dial with a custom one. That fits right in with what I have been working on for my custom paper dial project. All I had to do was re-size the the dial smaller and I was all set. I designed a very simple clock to hold the insert so the picture would be the star and not the wood body.

I used a 3 1/2" clock insert I had in the shop which happened to have a 3 inch paper dial. Apparently that is a common size for the paper dial but you might need to shop around. I think the clocks at this link will work. If someone could verify that for me I will pass on the info to everyone.

I printed the custom dial on gloss photo paper and cut it out with scissors. You will need a 1/4" hole in the center. I used an Exacto knife for that. I just disassembled the clock and and glued the new dial in place.

When I get my custom paper dial order form set up this size dial will be included so you will have the option of building this style clock. I'm still a few days away from having everything ready to take orders but I moving forward at least.

Thanks to Michael Moreland for passing this tip on to me. He saw the project done on the Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts message board.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Memory Clock Pattern. My father and uncle as children.

I call this my Memory Clock pattern. I thought I needed a simple clock design for the custom paper dials I will be offering soon. In the picture below I have used an old family photo of my father and uncle. This is just one of many ideas for the custom dials. I think these are going to be exciting projects for you to make. The possibilities are endless.

I'm still working out details of the custom paper dials. I have somewhat solved the problem of it being difficult for you to cut the circular dial. The solution was to get rid of the circle. It's easy to cut out a square so I changed the dials to squares. I have included an example below and in the attached pattern. I have tried a few techniques for cutting out the round paper dials and nothing is as easy as I would like. I'll still have the circle dials available but you will have the option of the easier square dials.

It's difficult to see in the picture but I framed out the picture with a 1/4" frame. This is optional but it looks better to my eye.
I made the clock from 3/4" thick stock to make the wood easier to source. You will need to buy a quartz clock movements with a 3/4" shaft. The movements are cheap and readily available at most craft stores. Notice that I also used a router to add a finished look to the top and bottom.

Sorry it's taking a while to get ready to accept orders for the custom dials but I want to get it right before I start. In the mean time I have included the Last Supper dial and a blank dial with this pattern for you to play around with in the mean time.

To make the square paper dial more pleasing to the eye I added a parchment paper background so there was not just the stark white.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tom Noller DIY Scroll Saw Dust System.

Tom is a carver who uses the scroll saw mostly to do cut outs for wood carvings. Because he regularly cuts thick material he produces a lot of dust. You can see in the pictures below that he built a dust collection system for his Delta scroll saw. The technique could easily be modified for most other saws. Tom used 1 inch PVC pipe. You can buy 45 degree and 90 degree elbow joints which is how he designed the system to point where it was needed.

I like the fact that it is an over/under system. Tom says it does a pretty good job getting most of the dust. You can't expect to get it all with any system.
Notice the T fitting for connection to a shop vac. Tom's vac hose fit snugly into the T but you might need an adapter to make yours fit if you want to try this system. You can also see the metal pipe clamps he used to hold the system in place.

He intentionally left the piping unglued so he can disassemble when necessary.
The over pick up has a bolt through it so not to suck in any large pieces. You really don't want anything too large getting into your shop vac. In this picture the pipe looks like its in the way of the cutting but that might just be the picture. I didn't get a chance to ask tom if this is easy to move out of the way.
I have tried to DIY dust collection systems over the years but I always come back to the same problem. I can't stand the noise of a shop vac while I cut for long periods. I have never found a safe way to dampen the noise so I have always just put up with the dust. If that is not a problem for you then this looks like it might be a reasonably effective DIY system. It's cheap, easy and Tom says it works.

Thanks for sharing Tom.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Two free paper dials for your clocks.

There are 4 inch, 5 inch and 6 inch paper dials in this pattern. I am working on a collection of paper dials from my own photography and some PD photos. I have about 40 completed now.

I will be producing a video about the use of these dials. I'll talk about my search for a decent circle cutter. I'm also working on the best way to seal and protect the paper dials as well as other helpful information.

For best results print these on high quality matte photo paper. Use the highest quality settings on your printer. A scrap book paper circle cutter makes cutting them out easier but I have also used scissors and if your careful they can be cut out fine.

I am still working on the custom paper dial project and it looks like it's going to work out. There is still a bit of work to do before I can accept orders for them so I will keep you posted. For those of you who sent pictures to help with the test, thanks. I already have some good feedback from the testers and that is helping a lot. There were a bunch of people who sent pictures that did not get a free dial. Thanks for trying to help but I could only use 5 people and that filled up within minutes after the newsletter went out. Thanks again.

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