Monday, December 30, 2013

It's a mouse! Where's the cat?

This little guy is about three inches tall. He is easy to make and for a mouse he's kinda cute. Grab some scraps out of the wood bin and give him a try. Every good mouse deserves a cat to pester. I will post the pattern for the cat later this week.
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Head Phone Holder Scroll Saw Pattern.


High end audiophile over the ear headphones are hot right now. Music listeners are becoming aware of the better audio quality and noise canceling ability of these devices. If you watch pro sports you see all the super stars wearing them. Of course this means all the kids are starting to switch away from the ear buds that have been so popular.  

If you are going to spend $100, $200 or even $300 on a set of headphones you might as well have a nice home for them. This project will be easy to make, attractive and functional. The project is made from easily available 3/4" thick wood. I also used two axle pegs to keep the wire organized. I covered the bottom with felt to prevent furniture scratches. I also routed an edge detail around the base. 

If you sell at craft shows or online this might be a good addition to your inventory.


Don't forget to check out the Scrollsaw Workshop/Cafepress store. I have men's and women's t-shirts, sweat shirts, bags and more. These items are sold and shipped from Cafepress.com. They have been around for years and have provided good reliable service you can trust. Cafepress Store Link.
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Scroll Saw Horse Head Sculpture.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Filigree Hummingbird Scroll Saw Pattern.

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I hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas. Every year after Christmas I get new visitors to my blog. Santa puts a new scroll saw under the tree and people start looking online for patterns. If this is your first visit I want to welcome you. I hope you will find that you have come to the right spot to find patterns, tutorials and friends.  

Make sure you check out the Community forum. There are hundreds of scrollers there who will welcome you and make you feel welcome. You will find the link to the forum in the left column of the blog.

The left column is also the place to find the free online pattern catalog. There are hundreds of free patterns there in categories. I think you will find something that you will enjoy cutting.

There are videos in the Scroll Saw School, also linked in the left column that will teach you some of the basics.

As you scroll down the blog you will find free programs to allow you to create your own patterns such as name plates and key fobs for key chains.

One of the more popular items on the blog are the Jigsaw Puzzle templates. For just $7 you can download the templates and turn your photographs into family heirloom jigsaw puzzles. Watch the video and it will show you how easy it is with my templates.

If you are new, welcome to a wonderful new hobby. It is one of the most creative forms of woodworking you can do. The materials are relatively inexpensive and the learning curve is short. Find a pattern, grab some wood and jump in with both feet. Make sure you subscribe to the blog so you won't miss any of the future patterns. Welcome, enjoy and make some saw dust.  


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas. Jesus Portrait Scroll Saw Pattern. Extra Large 12" X 16".


It's Christmas! I want to thank all of you who have made another year here at the Scrollsaw Workshop so much fun for me. I wish all of you a wonderful day with your family and friends.


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This pattern is large. You will likely need to glue up a plank for the fret work. An 11" X 15" blank will be large enough. The backer board is 12" X 16". I would use 1/4" Thick Baltic Birch for the backer board.


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Monday, December 23, 2013

Scary Dog Scroll Saw Pattern.

Christmas is just three days away. I went to the mall last night. I can't remember that last time I was in a mall this close to Christmas. I don't usually do well in crowds so I tend to avoid them. I was surprised to see people calmly shopping and enjoying the experience. I had it in my mind that everyone would be rushing around grabbing deals away from each other. I guess I watch too much TV news. I think I almost enjoyed being there. Don't tell my wife I said that.

Holidays can be stressful but I hope all of us can take a breath and be thankful for the things in our lives that are most important to us. Take the time to tell the people closest to you how much you love and appreciate who they are. Smile and say hi to a stranger. Help out those in your community who are in need.  The greatest gift you can give someone this Christmas is kindness. The smallest acts of kindness can mean so much especially this time of year.

I will take a couple days off from blogging to enjoy my family and friends this Christmas. I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy your family and friends and remember reason for the season.

I hope all of you have enjoyed another year of my Scrollsaw Workshop Blog. I appreciate each and every one of you. I'm having a blast sharing my patterns with you and receiving all your emails. I will try to make 2014 even bigger and better.




 
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Special offer from Artist/Pattern Designer, Sue Mey.

Sue asked me if I would pass along her special offers. For those of you who are new to my site let me give you a little background about Sue Mey. She is an artist/pattern designer who lives in South Africa. Her web site is one of the most popular on the web for scroll sawyers. The reason is simple. Her patterns are wonderful. Sue is in my opinion one of the top three designers in the world. She is not only prolific she is creative. That's a tough combination and she make it look easy. Do yourself a favor and pick up several of her patterns while the price is right.

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Christmas is almost here! I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy and merry Festive Season and to thank you for supporting my website throughout 2013. As a token of my appreciation I am presenting a special discount offer of 20% on all patterns (Special Offers excluded). The offer is only valid for a few days so don’t miss out. Use the voucher code CHRISTMAS13 (case sensitive) during checkout – offer ends Sunday, December 22.

I hope you enjoy this time of the year and that you will find the time in between family, food and festivities to relax and be ready for any challenges the New Year may bring.

Christmas wish

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Visit the Special Offers category for pattern sets at reduced prices and a great deal on seven digital books: 40 Christian crosses, 44 Christmas projects, 40 Boxes, 46 Angel-themed projects, 50 Signs & Plaques, 50 Clocks and 40 Love & friends patterns.
Patterns purchased from my website are conveniently delivered as downloads to your computer for immediate printing and use. All patterns are available in vector format on request.
Sue Mey

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Saint Nick Scroll Saw Pattern.

Saint Nick stands a little over 9.5 inches tall in this pattern.   

We are coming down to the wire for the Custom Name Christmas Ornament Patterns. If you still would like to make these for your family and friends visit the blog to place your order. They are fun to cut, make nice gifts and if you order 997,000 more I'll be rich. If I get rich I'll give all my patterns away for free. I promise. Really, I will.

I know there are a lot of you who only read the email newsletter. I encourage you to visit the blog from time to time to see what there is to offer. www.scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.com.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Snowman Sign Scroll Saw Pattern.

This little snowman sign is very easy to cut and fun to make. You can customize the sign with any text you like using a permanent marker. I also have included a few snowman saying on templates you can cut out and glue to the sign if you like. The snowman is cut entirely from MDF. The body is 3/4" thick MDF and all the other pieces are 1/4" thick MDF. He stands 7.5 inches tall. I used spray paint on all the pieces.

MDF can be a problem to paint unless you know the trick. The edges will absorb the paint like a sponge. It's very difficult to get a nice coat on the edges. Below is the process I use to prevent the issue.

You will need a brush, cup will water and wood glue. Just fill the cup with the amount of water that is required for the project you are doing.
Mix glue into the water at about a 60/30 mix of water(60) and glue(40).
Stir the mixture well. Now sand the edges of the MDF with 220 grit sand paper. Get it as smooth as possible.
 Paint all the edges with the water/glue mixture and let it dry completely. Two coats are better but one coat is usually enough.
The last picture shows the difference with one coat of white spray paint. The left half was coated with the water/glue mixture and the right was just bare MDF. To get the uncoated MDF edges painted can take several coats and usually make a mess. The coated MDF can often be painted in two or three coats. If you plan to paint MDF it is worth the time to treat the edges.
 
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Who Won?

http://papasworkshop.net/index.php?id_product=8&controller=product&id_lang=1

Last Sunday I announced a giveaway/contest. Frank Carey over at papasworkshop.net offered his wonderful new product as a giveaway. The Lifter is an accessory for the DeWalt DW788 or the Delta 40-690 scroll saws. It's actually more than an accessory to me it's an essential add-on.

Tonight I will announce the winner. The contest was simple. You had to follow a couple rules and send me your funniest family friendly joke. Tonight I randomly drew five finalist. I handed the list to my wife. Her job was to pick the best joke from the five finalist.

Let me say one thing before I announce the winner. There were well over 100 entries. I'll have to admit that I have not been able to read them all yet but I have read several. I feel comfortable in making a clinical analysis of the results. As a community we need to get out of our workshops more!

My funny scale ranges between Carrot Top as a ZERO and Bill Cosby(The early days) as a 10.
As a community I rate us as a Charlie Sheen.
 

First, here are the five finalist and their jokes in no order. :)

Michael Cherry - Arizona

What do you call a short, sunburned, thief on a horse?
Little red riding hood.
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Matthew Compton - Ontario, Canada.

I asked my five year old son, "Where would you find a tree?"
He replied, 'That is easy dad!  Between the 2 and the 4.'
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 Nancy Schanda - Missouri

Joke:
What do a chicken and a car have in common?
 Answer:
Chevrolet (pronounced:  She Ever Lay)
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Matt Miller - Arizona

Two inexperienced hunters went hunting in the woods. Before long they got lost. “Don’t worry,” said the first hunter, “I heard that when you’re lost you should fire three shots in the air that someone should hear you.” They fired three shots in the air and waited a half hour. They tried again another three and nothing happened. Finally they decided they will try it once more. “This better work,” said the second hunter nervously. “These are our last arrows!”
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Robin Schmeder - Washington

Chicken Surprise

A couple go for a meal at a Chinese restaurant and order the 'Chicken Surprise'. The waiter brings the meal, served in a lidded cast iron pot.
Just as the wife is about to serve herself, the lid of the pot rises slightly and she briefly sees two beady little eyes looking around before the lid slams back down.
'Good grief, did you see that?' she asks her husband. He hasn't, so she asks him to look in the pot. He reaches for it and again the lid rises, and he sees two little eyes looking around before it slams down.
Rather perturbed, he calls the waiter over, explains what is happening, and demands an explanation.
'Please sir,' says the waiter, 'what you order?'
The husband replies, 'Chicken Surprise.'
'Ah! So sorry,' says the waiter, 'I bring you Peeking Duck!'
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Okay now for the winner as selected by my wife.

Drum Beat.............

Chicken Surprise by Robin Schmeder. Congrats Robin. I will be sending you an email soon. We will need your complete shipping address. We will get the Lifter out to you as soon as we hear back. Thanks to everyone who took the time to send your joke. Thanks to Frank Carey for making the Lifter available for the contest.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

18 inch Tall Holy Night Scroll Saw Pattern.


This pattern is over 18 inches tall. The figure of Mary is around 15 inches so I think you will be able to cut it on a 16 inch scroll saw. If you are proficient with spiral blades a few of the cuts may be easier if you use them.  -
It's starting to look a lot like Christmas. Snow has hit many parts of the U.S. and it's time to get out in the shop and make a few more custom Christmas ornaments. The ornament orders are going out quickly this year thanks to the help I am getting from Frank Carey.  If you still want to make a few of these family heirlooms go ahead and place your order now. Our turn around is quick enough that there is still plenty of time for you to get them cut.

Order your 2013 Custom Christmas Ornaments Patterns. These will become family heirlooms. Fill out the order form and you will receive a pattern for each name. The patterns are $1 per name with a 5 name minimum. You only pay once the patterns are completed and sent to you for your approval. You will receive the patterns in your email. There will be a link to pay with your credit card. I will also provide an address to send a check if you prefer. Names longer than 10 letters will be more difficult to cut.
PATTERN ORDER FORM
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wilker Do's.

Inexpensive scroll saws may not work for many of the projects we like to cut but they do have their place. I found this video review of the Dremel Moto-Saw by April Wilkerson very well done. She gives the pros and cons of this sub $100 scroll saw/power coping saw. April is a breath of fresh air and I hope to see more from her. She is obviously a talented DIY craftswoman. Also check out her blog at Wilker Do's

This saw is a pin end blade only saw so that obviously limits what it can do.  There are no advanced features but that's not what this saw is all about. It is intended for the crafts person on a limited budget/limited needs and little space. Watch the video and see if it is something you could use in your shop.

Nice job April. Thanks for sharing your review.

You can do more research on the saw at this link.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Scroll Saw Sculpture.




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Sometimes I like to go into the shop and just play with ideas. I wanted to do a project that was purely art for arts sake. I knew I was going to play with basic shapes. I freehand drew a few shapes until I found a couple things I liked.

That was the beginning of this project. I went back up to my computer and started putting the shapes together  in groups of three. Once I had three sculptures I liked I headed back to the shop. I cut one of the patterns but it looked too plain.

That's when I had the idea to laminate thin strips of Bubinga with the Hard Maple boards. I did one with the strip running along the grain of the Maple board. The other Maple board was cut at an angle and glued it back together with the Bubinga strip. You can see both below in the picture. I did plan where I wanted the thin strip to intersect in the pattern.

I used the angled strip board to cut the sculpture above. I liked the sculpture much better with the accent.

This project may not appeal to everyone buy if you enjoy abstract sculpture as I do you might find this a good starting point to design your own sculptures. If you come up with something interesting I would love to see it. Send me pictures and I'll post them on the blog with your permission.