Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fish Stories Sign Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Word Art Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Jesus carrying the cross scroll saw pattern.

This plate is eight inches in diameter. The original graphic is furnished by vectorportal.com and I altered it so it could be cut on the scroll saw. There are only around 30 interior cuts so it should be pretty easy to cut. Make sure you take your time cutting the circles. Those two cuts will make or break this project. because of the size you may want to consider using Baltic Birch Plywood for this project. It will be more stable once cut.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fretwork Tote Scroll Saw Pattern.


This fretwork tote has two compartments that are 7 inches long and 2.5 inches deep. Use it on the kitchen counter to hold popcorn, napkins, salt and pepper shakers etc. You could also use it to hold perfume bottles. Use you imagination.

The construction is slot and tab for easy assembly. You can use stack cutting for the front and side pieces to speed it up a little. The pattern is designed for 1/4 inch thick wood.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cool tip of the day.

I received this tip in my email today and though I would pass it along. Ibrahim Al Abdulaly knows the importance of keeping his fingers safe. You see, he is a surgeon in Saudi Arabia. He is also a woodworker and scroll saw hobbyist.

The pictures below speak for themselves so I won't add anything except that I could see this being handy for more than just fishing out scroll saw pieces. With a longer stick you could grab those scroll saw blades you drop behind the machine. Pick up scraps of paper without bending over. You get the idea. I think I'll make one for myself and keep it by the saw. I'm sure it will get saw dust on it pretty quick but just roll another ball and your back in business.

The picture below shows the Ace brand of paper tack. It is sold at Ace Hardware stores. I suspect it can be found at office supply stores also but I have not looked yet.

Thanks for the tip Abrahim.










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Chef Sign.

I design a lot of patterns. I know that many of the patterns will only be useful to a few people. It's often difficult for me to know when a pattern will get lots of downloads. Last month the blog had 102,000 patterns downloaded and the most for a single pattern was only a little over 5000. This tells me a lot of people like different things.

I spend most of my time trying to come up with new ideas. Sometimes the idea is there but the pattern does not really stand up to the idea. Yesterdays "Teamwork" pattern pretty much stunk. I didn't realize it stunk when I was doing it but after a couple readers pointed out how the concept and the graphic were totally at odds with each other it looked so obvious.

The lesson here is one that we all know but sometimes forget. It's always best to let an idea cook for a while. If your not sure something looks right let it sit over night or a few days. When you come back to it you often see it in a much different light. I wish I had done that yesterday.

Another often difficult thing is to hear and accept criticism about your work. When you work so hard to make something it's natural to want people to like it. Not everyone will like what you do but always listen to criticism. It can be much more valuable than the praise. You may not feel as good about it but in the end your work will be better.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Teamwork Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Body Builder Trophy Scroll Saw Pattern.

This guy is nearly 10.5 inches tall. Sit him on your desk so everyone knows you were the perfect male specimen in your younger days. Graphic by Vectorportal.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

My best friend has four legs.

My wife and I took a trip to Louisville today to attend the Ky state fair. We have not been for several years but had some extra time and decided to go. We spent most of our time in the arts and crafts section. There was some awesome work on display. Of course I enjoyed the woodworking section. It was small but there were a few scroll saw pieces. There was even one project entered that was from one of my patterns. That is always neat when I see a project that I designed on display.

My wife loves to look at the cake decorating and quilting sections. Both of these areas were pretty large. Much larger than the woodworking section. That's disappointing to me but it's always been that way.

Patty is not a big fan of the livestock arena but I enjoy looking at the cattle and rabbit entries. My dad was a rabbit breeder so I have fond memories of when we had a couple hundred rabbits in the back yard. They had a sheep herding dog working. He was outstanding to watch. They had several ducks in the pen and he had complete control of the situation.

On the way out we stopped for a funnel cake. It's been a lot of years since I have eaten a funnel cake but they are as good as I remembered. LOL

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Indian Warrior Scroll Saw Pattern.

Indian warrior scroll saw pattern.


Original graphic provided by vectorportal.com.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Stencil Printer 1.6 Release version.

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This is the release version of the Scrollsaw Workshop Stencil Printer program. The feature set is complete at least for now. I think I have zapped the major bugs. It currently does most of what it was initially intended to do so I'm going to let it fly.

The program will let you generate name plate patterns in two styles using any true type font on your computer. It will generate two different key fob styles using the stencil font and mychain font included. It will make small multi-line signs using any stencil font you have installed on your machine. It is recommended that you watch the video tutorial below to get the most out of the program.

The program is donation ware. This means that you can download and use the program for free. If you like it and find it of value then I welcome a $5 donation. You can use the link in the program to make the donation or any donate link on this blog.

Updates to 1.6
1. Added Save As so the pattern can now be saved and reloaded.
2. Added a menu system and redesigned the text input and control panel.
3. Added short cut keys so you can select the slider and use the arrow key to make adjustments.
Use the Ctrl+ the letter to the right of the slider.
4. Fixed several bugs that had been reported.

I highly recommend that you watch the video full screen. After you click the play button you can use the controls at the bottom of the video player to change the quality and set it full screen. If you have a good internet connection set the quality to HD.




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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Toymaker Press Free Project !



I received an email from Cynthia at Toymaker Press about a wonderful free project. For a limited time only you can receive the Bobsy Car Kids toy plan for free. All you have to do is sign up on their email list and you will get the toy plan. Don't worry if you are already signed up. Just sign up again and you will receive the project plan. Here is the link to their fantastic website. www.toymakerpress.com

If you want to get into the craft market with your woodworking skills, Toymaker Press can get you started. They have so many incredible toy projects it will be hard to decide where to start. They include printable labels for the boxes. They will even give you a source for low cost boxes.

If you have young children to make Christmas gifts for this is the place to visit. The Fabulous Fifties cars below are just an example of the projects they have. It just happens that the cars are currently on sale.

Cynthia and John have created a wonderful resource for toy makers. Their website has books, patterns, videos and much more to offer. If you have not visited Toymaker Press do yourself a favor and go there now.

The following video is an example of one of their tutorial videos to help you paint the toys you make from their plans. That sounds simple but do you know which paints to use for small children's toys? Watch the video and find out.



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