Monday, July 30, 2012

How to Make Wooden Farm Toys: Scroll Saw Patterns and Plans by Kurtis Foote

I know many of you enjoy making toys in your shops. If that sounds like you then this book by Kurtis Foote might be for you. Kurtis sent me a review copy of his book today. It has patterns for a tractor, combine, skid loader and a disk to pull behind the tractor. I'll have to admit that I'm a city boy. I've never lived more than 5 miles from a K-mart in my whole life. The last time I was on a farm I tried to milk a bull. He was really mad.

The book is about 40 pages. I believe Kurtis has self published this book and he has done a very nice job. Kurtis spends the first 3 pages talking about what you will need to complete the projects in the book. It's basic info but all you will likely need.

Kurtis jumps right into the meat of the book next. The project section is easy to understand. He starts out with a list of materials followed by build instructions. The actual patterns follow next. The instructions are easy to follow and detailed enough to get you right into the assembly.

The patterns are printed black line. All holes to be drilled are center marked with an x. All the measurements are clearly displayed including the drill bit sizes.

The pattern lines are a little thick but the pieces are very basic so I don't think this will cause most of you a problem.

This book is available on Amazon for $14.99. If you enjoy building toys and you have never tried to milk a bull then jump over to this link and pick up a copy. Wooden Farm Toys.








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Major new feature to the Stencil Printer v1.4 program.

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I have been working on the Scrollsaw Workshop Stencil Printer program this weekend. I have added the most requested feature by the people who have been testing it. You can now use any font to create a name plate. Just select the base feature, select the font and adjust it to fit on the base. Watch the video below to see how it works.

This feature should add a great deal more flexibility to this program. In the past my programs used only a select few hand created fonts for this type of name plate. Now the sky is the limit to the different styles you can create. There are thousands of free fonts on the internet you can download and use.

There are still things that need added. Right now the base can only be solid black. Those of you who are changing the font color will need to use black for this new feature until I see if I can add more color options.

Soon I will be calling this program feature finished. When I do that I will make a video showing all the features and how to use them. It's pretty simple to figure out but instructions are always nice.

I have updated the "mychain.ttf' font and the new version will be installed with this update. There was a problem with the font only accepting lowercase. Now it will work with upper case and lower case. I will be showing more of this feature in the final video.

As always please report any bugs so I can try to swat them. I'm still considering a few more features but I thinks it's close to finished. I'll be happy to get suggestions but no guarantees they will get added at this point.

The video is best viewed in HD and Full Screen. Use the controls at the bottom of the player to adjust the video.

Just an additional note to those of you who have Custom Paper Dials on order. As usual I'm behind but I will work to get caught up tomorrow. Sorry for the delay but the demand has been pretty high. Thanks for you patience.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Art Deco Plate Scroll Saw Pattern

8 inch Art Deco plate.

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Teddy Bear Plaques

The Teddy Bear plaques in this pattern book are a little over 8 inches tall. A reader emailed me asking for something she could cut for her granddaughters bedroom. I have had these teddy bear graphics around for a while and this seemed like a good chance to use them. The graphics were released in a font with the license allowing free commercial use.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beware of Dog Sign

Beware of dog sign for your fence or front door.

I thought some of you might be interested in seeing and industrial scroll saw. This is the Win Pack HS-1400/1600 Precision scroll saw. Win Pack Machinery is a company in Taiwan that produces industrial equipment. The video below shows the machine in use and you can get a better idea of the size. The machine has some interesting features. Notice the stabilizer for the blade. Built in dust collector on the hold down foot. Automatic blade feeding. Ready to use drill. Pretty neat stuff.



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Monday, July 23, 2012

Nobody Notices.

Feeling unappreciated? This sign should get the message across.

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Scrollsaw Workshop Stencil Printer Update

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I have made many changes and bug fixes to the Stencil Printer Program. Remember that this is still an ongoing development. Things will still change and bugs are sure to be found. There really are no instructions but most things are not that difficult to figure out. Once I fill like it is at a point that I am comfortable with it I will do a complete video tutorial.

1. Added save to .PDF
2. Changed the text input for more control with multi-line.
3. Added checking of existing files when saving to .BMP or .PDF
4. Added more control to text positioning.
5. Solved the disappearing text bug. Some fonts wont display as outline. Just turn outline off if the text disappears.
6. The text now defaults to top/left alignment. I did this because it gave much better control of text positioning. Just use the slider to adjust the position to center if that's what you want.
7. Fixed several annoying bugs. Probably added a few.

Many of you guys are sending great feedback and that's why I put it out when I know it's not finished. Any feedback is welcome and helpful. Some of it I can make happen and some I probably won't be able to add but I still want to hear it.

There is no need to uninstall the old version. Just run this new installer and the files will be overwritten.



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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Swear Jar Stick





Turn any mason jar into a money maker. Hopefully you won't make too much money in your house. Ladies make sure you have this on hand any time hubby uses a hammer. Hammer plus swear jar = profit

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Welcome to my Workshop.

This Scroller's welcome sign is 8 X 9.25. There is a version for men and women. I always get in trouble for forgetting the women. Not this time. The only real challenge her is that the letters are all cut individually and applied to the sign.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

8 X 10 Roaring Lion Scroll Saw Pattern.

This roaring lion pattern is 8" X 10". The image in this pattern was designed by vectorportal.com. They release it under Creative Commons License with attribution. I thought it would make a cool scroll saw pattern.

My email is running over with all the comments and suggestions about the Scrollsaw Workshop Stencil Printer program. The suggestions and bug reports are more helpful than you can imagine. I won't get a chance to reply to all of them but let me assure you I have read them all. Some of the suggestions have already been added and some are too difficult for my programming skill level. IF you had a great idea that does not get into the program it's probably because I can't figure out how to get it working.

Several people have asked what programming language I use. For those interested I use an object oriented pascal editor/compiler named Delphi. I use an older version but it is comfortable for me and the upgrade is expensive. I have programed in this language for several years but I'm still learning.

I took a break form the program for today. Sometimes giving it a rest helps you see things better when you get back to it.

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Several updates to the Stencil Printer program. Video Update.

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You can now download the latest updates to the Scrollsaw Workshop Stencil Printer program. Many of you emailed me with suggestions and comments about the program and I was able to use many of your ideas. Thank you for the help.

Remember that this program is still only a few days old. There are still bugs. The program is functional and I don't think there are any bugs that will stop you from using it. The reason I go ahead and release it is because many of you help me make it better and find the bugs.

Take a look at the video at the end of this post to see some of the new features. In the mean time download and run the install. The new install will overwrite the existing program so there is no need to uninstall the last one. The name of the new install is StencilPrintersetup2.zip

1. Updated ruler system.
2 Multi-line text.
3 Outline or solid text.
4 Text kerning.
5 Updated reset settings
6 Some bugs smashed some bugs probably added.

The video is best viewed full screen in 720p HD. Use the controls at the bottom of the player to adjust the settings.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

New Pattern Printer Program BETA

Caution. this program is in early development. There are very likely bugs to be worked out. I am releasing this tonight because I need feedback form you all to let me know where the issues are.

The program allows you to make desk name plate patterns, key chain patterns and more. My intention is to develop this program to be able to replace my other programs with more features and easier to use.

Important:
If you plan to provide feedback about this program it is very important that you watch the demonstration video in this post. There are no instructions although it is pretty obvious how it works. Beat up on it and send me email if you have bug reports, suggestion or comments. If you do send feedback please be specific with details.

If you just want to download and use the program that's fine also.


This picture is just one example of the type of patterns you can make with the program.




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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beautiful set of patterns from Sue Mey.

Sue Mey sent me an email to show me a new set of Christmas themed patterns she is just releasing. They are not even on her site yet but she is making them available early for her followers. It's never too early to start making Christmas gifts.

The links below each picture will put that individual pattern in her shopping cart. You will have to click each link to add more than one pattern to the cart. She has a special offer to buy all eight. See her note below.

Make sure to visit her website for other fantastic patterns. Scrollsawartist.com


Here is a note from Sue.

Here is a range of stand-up words for Christmas. The ‘O’ or ‘C’ in each word has a Nativity- or religious theme incorporated, with a snowman in the ‘O’ of Snow. Each has a base pattern included for the upright to be mounted on. The base can be given a decorative edge with a router and bit of choice.
I am offering a 25% discount if you should purchase the set of eight patterns. To make use of the offer, only place the first six product codes in the cart, state SPE9/7 in the comments line, and I will email you the last two patterns below free of charge.

CH281 'Peace' on base - Upright 11" x 8", Base 12.8" x 3.2" $5.95

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CH280 'Christmas' on base - Upright 11" x 8", Base 12.8" x 3.2" $5.95 https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/Orders.ShoppingCart?CID=3469&PRODUCTID=34693390
CH282 'Joy' on base - Upright 11" x 8", Base 12.8" x 3.2" $5.95
https://secure.bmtmicro.com/servlets/Orders.ShoppingCart?CID=3469&PRODUCTID=34693392CH283 'Love' on base - Upright 11" x 8", Base 12.8" x 3.2" $5.95
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CH284 'Hope' on base - Upright 11" x 8", Base 12.8" x 3.2" $5.95

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CH285 'Snow' on base - Upright 11" x 8", Base 12.8" x 3.2" $5.95

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Scroll saw compound cut clamp.

I had an email today from a friend in Ohio. She needed a clamp for cutting compound cut scroll saw patterns. I had been planning to make another one for myself for a while so I made two. I took pictures of the construction to share with those of you who would like to try your hand a compound cut scroll saw patterns.

The pdf has limited instructions so I put together a slideshow video and talk you through the assembly.

A list of materials is included in the pdf. I purchased everything at Home Depot.

The last page of the pdf has a story stick to layout the holes to drill.

This clamp adds a feature I did not have on my older clamp. One of the bolts is adjustable in a slot. This gives you better clamping. The clamp accommodates a 5 1/4" blank of wood.

I'll design another compound cut pattern this week for those of you who have never seen the technique. I'll demonstrate the project in a video.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Shop Apron Pegs.

Need someplace to hang your shop apron, dust mask or keys. Let this old fellow keep an eye on them for you. I used toy car axle pegs for the hangers. There are wooden buttons in the eyes and concealing the countersunk screws holding the piece to the wall.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Inspirational Plates with Stand.

Use Every Second Of Your Life.

This pattern book has three small inspirational plates to sit on a desk or book shelf. They are cut entirely from 1/4" thick wood. The plate is only 5 1/2 inches in diameter.

Reminders:
I want to remind everyone who subscribes to the email newsletter that every email is just a duplication of the daily blog post. I often get requests to resend an email. My newsletter is sent out by a service called Feedburner and I don't have the ability to resend the emails. Anytime you need to go back and find a pattern or video you can simply visit the blog. There is a search box at the top of the blog. The catalog of all the patterns is linked in the left hand column(1000+ free patterns). The video archive is also there(250+ videos).

The blog dates back to May 1st 2007. Every post is still there from the beginning of the Scroll Saw Workshop. Every page has the last 10 posts in the Daily Post Section. Once you get to the end of that section you can click the Older Posts link and continue back to the previous 10 posts. Be prepared though because there are currently 1640 posts on the blog.

There are also other things on the blog you might be interested in. I have a Community forum with scrollers from all over the world sharing tips and conversation. There are scroll saw programs for creating patterns. My Custom Paper Clock dials are also for sale and more.

If you ever go a few days and don't receive a newsletter check the blog and see if you have missed a post. It's likely you did because I post nearly every day. Check your spam folder in your email client. That's usually where they go missing.

I enjoy getting email but often get way behind and don't get a chance to answer all of them. Please forgive me when I don't answer.

I have two incredible volunteers that help tremendously. Russ manages the Community forum and single handily keeps it going. I could never keep up with the forum without his help. Thanks Russ. Frank maintains the free Pattern Catalog. Not only does he keep it updated, he built the entire thing for me. That was a big job and he did not stop until it was exactly what I wanted. Thanks Frank. I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate what you do.

If you normally just read the email newsletter please take a minute to visit the blog from time to time and see what may have been added. www.scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.com

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

iWood Ipad adjustable stand update.

On the patten for the iWood iPad stand I used the Apple logo. I thought better of having that on the pattern because of trademark issues. If you plan to make this project I recommend you download this update to avoid being in violation of trademark if you sell the project.

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iWood iPad adjustable stand.

The iPad is still one of the most popular consumer electronic devices of all time. There are accessories of every type imaginable. One of the more popular accessories are stands. This very simple adjustable stand is easy to cut and works quite well. It let's the iPad lay back for easy typing or stands upright for viewing videos. It will fit all three generations of the iPad. It does have the limitation of being landscape mode only but that is the mode I use the most when the iPad is sitting on my desk.






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Heritage Wood Specialties. Scroll saw ready boards!


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Seyco

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Seyco began business in 1986 with the goal to supply the best customer support and quality products in the scroll saw industry. I have worked with Seyco on many occasions and I can tell you they are simply the best. Please do yourself a favor and click the image above. Steve Good

Free Pattern Catalog. 1000's of free patterns.

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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 her for the Free Online Catalog.

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Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw Book $12 Each

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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. 

CATALOG DVD $20+ Shipping

ORDER THE DVD $20+ SHIPPING

 

Do you want all the patterns available from the Scrollsaw Workshop? This DVD has every pattern published from 2007 thru 2016. This DVD has 1969 patterns. The DVD is $20 plus shipping to many countries in the world. Check the order page for details.

No returns are accepted. No refunds. Defective DVDs will be replaced.

Please watch the instruction videos to understand what you will receive.

Create a Family Heirloom. Download The Jigsaw Puzzle Template Book. Only $7.00

May not print correctly from a mobile device. Use a desktop or laptop computer for printing. Instructions included for printing
Create one of a kind jig saw puzzles. Imagine how thrilled they will be when you create a hand cut wooden jigsaw puzzle of their photograph. Wedding and anniversary photos, birthday or special occasion.
Watch this video demonstration to see of the templates being used to create a wedding puzzle.
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You will be directed to the download page after your purchase for instant download.

This pattern book contains the following size patterns

5x5 25 piece

4x6 24 piece

5x7 35 piece

8x10 80 piece

4x6 96 piece

5x7 140 piece

8x10 320 piece

Important: On the successful payment page click the Return to Merchant button to be directed to the download page. This pattern book contains only the puzzle patterns. No pictures are included. The book is in Adobe pdf format and requires Adobe Reader to view. This is a download only. If you wish to pay by check please include an email address and I will send the file to you. I can not mail a disk or print of the book.

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.
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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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Charles Dearing Portrait Pattern DVD's

If you want to make your own portrait pattern designs this may be what you are looking for. Charles Dearing has a unique approach to designing portrait style patterns. He does not use complicated computer software. He uses good old pen, paper and tracing. Charles teaches everything you need to know to take your picture and turn it in to a beautiful wooden treasure. Click this link now and see the DVD's he has to offer.

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Papa's Custom Patterns.

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Sheila Landry Designs

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Make sure you visit my good friend Sue. She is one of the finest scroll saw pattern designers in the world today. .

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.
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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.
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