Saturday, March 30, 2013

Scroll saw bowl video and a weekend getaway.

I found this video on Youtube. It is a very good demonstration. It shows one technique that I had not seen used before. Watch how he sets the angle of the blade to get the correct bevel cut. Sorry I don't know the name of the producer. He goes by Swingguitar1950 on Youtube.

Here is a link to the pattern for the bowl. This link is off my site so use caution when downloading. It also may go down at any time. I don't have control of the link and did not want to put it on my site without the authors permission.


Patty and I decided to get away for the weekend. We just drove an hour north to Covington Ky. Covington is just across the river from Cincinnati. We toured the historic area of downtown. It really is quite beautiful. Our hotel is right on the river and there is a nice walk with the mural shown in the pictures below. The mural depicts the history of the Covington area. Not sure what our plans are for tomorrow but so far we have had a nice time.

If you click the first panorama picture it shows a nice view of the mural. It is a large image so bandwidth challenged might want to avoid it.

Beautiful Cincinnati night time skyline.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter Scroll Saw Pattern.

The 3D head pattern that I  posted earlier this month set records for downloads. I was just checking the stats a few minutes ago and was surprised to see that the pattern has been downloaded 13,793 times this month. I think that may be the most downloads for any pattern in that short period of time.
Second this month was the Wedding Carriage with 7,332 then the F16's with 5786.

The amazing total of all pattern downloads this month was 277,781. Over a quarter of  a million patterns downloaded from my blog in one month. I want to thank all of you for letting me share my hobby with you.

Another thing I have noticed lately is that the number of emails I get from folks who are just getting started in the scrolling hobby are increasing. I have had several in the last few weeks asking which saw I recommend for a beginner. That's always a tough question because I don't want to scare them off by saying they have to buy a $500 saw just to get started. I also don't want them to buy a saw that makes the experience no fun.

The more people we can excite to join the hobby the more likely we can get manufactures to build new products. In several countries the choices of saws is very limited. Even here in the US the choice is not that clear. There is a gap between the entry level saws to the mid level saws that is just too wide. We need a saw under $300 that will give the user a good mid-level experience.

When I make suggestions to new scrollers the $500 saws are usually just too expensive when they don't know if they are going to stick with the hobby. They have usually seen the $120 saws sold in the big box stores. I am not knocking those saws because I know they will get the job done. They just don't offer as good of an experience as a mid level saw like the DeWalt, Delta or Excalibur.

A saw like the Porter Cable sold at Lowes really does get pretty close to the quality I'm talking about. With just a few improvements that would be a very solid machine with a great experience. It sells for under $200. If they could improve just a few things they could bring the saw to market for $299 and I really think they would have a hit.

I'm really just thinking out loud because I know that in the middle of this recession manufacturers take a huge risk when they bring a new product to market. 

 
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Bunny Eggs


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

iPhone 5 wallpaper.


The image above can be used as the iPhone 5 wallpaper. If anyone with an earlier model iPhone is interested I can make one for those phones also. Just email if wanted. I had a couple scrollers see my phone and want the image so I thought other may also.

If you want a direct link to the image from your iPhone use this link.

www.stevedgood.com/iphonescreen.jpg

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Wooden Bling Rings


Okay I am definitely not cool enough to wear these rings but maybe you are or know someone who is. The pattern book has a few different words for the rings. If you have more suggestions for words I can add them. I might add these to the Custom Pattern Store on the blog and take orders for names. Eight letters is about the max. There are ring patterns for size 5-13. The sizing might require some custom sanding.

The body of the ring is cut from 1/2" thick stock and the words are cut from 1/8" stock. The ring body is pretty easy to cut but the words are more of a challenge. They are pretty small. I used a #2/0 blade for the words. You might be able to cut them with a #1 but take your time. After the ring is finished make sure you sand it well so there are no sharp edges. I used a mop sander to know down the edges quickly. I finished them with spray acrylic to a gloss.

I know that these are not going to be everyone's taste but I would be interested to see if someone could get some orders on Etsy.com for these. They are kind of a Hip Hop style with the right words so maybe you can try that market. 
 
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

NEOS Picnic


Don't forget to set your calendar for May 18th. The North Eastern Ohio Scroll Saw & Woodworking Picnic is almost here again. The event is two days of great woodworking fun. There will be contests, raffles, seminars, vendors and more. 

The picnic is hosted by The North Easter Ohio Scrollers. They did a wonderful job last year on their ignaugral event. Check out their site for more details.


Free scroll saw pattern from Sheila Landry Designs.

Wow, just look at these beautiful free filigree cross scroll saw patterns from Sheila Landry Designs
 After you try these free patterns make sure you visit sheilalandrydesigns.com.


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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jesus Saves Cross Scroll Saw PAttern.


I have to apologize for being so far behind in keeping the blog updated. I will be answering as many email as I can this weekend. I'm also trying to get caught back up on the custom pattern store orders. Hang in there with me and I'll get things back on track soon. I have been super busy with family and work the last several weeks.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A great place to visit.

I had a question the other day from a friend. They ask me what my favorite woodworking web site was. I did not have to think about the answer because Lumberjocks.com has been a favorite for a long time. 

Lumberjocks.com is more than just a web site. It is a home for thousands of craftsmen and women from all over the world. It is a place to share woodworking ideas and current projects. You can read user reviews on just about any woodworking product you can think of. There are user submitted videos. You can create your own personal blog and keep everyone updated on your projects. The forum is very active with tons of great content.

I visit Lumberjocks.com almost everyday just to keep up on the current projects everyone is working on and see what new reviews and videos have been submitted.

If you have not had the opportunity to visit Lumberjocks do yourself a favor and visit it now.  




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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dragon Egg


There will be a little challenge with this pattern. Plan your cuts wisely so you don't weaken the wood. The belly and the back of the dragon are going to be weak until you get the backer board glued on. I would cut every other belly piece then cut the back. Then carefully cut the remaining belly pieces. Take your time and use good quality sharp blades. Don't be stingy with the blades. If it starts to get dull grab another one.


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Monday, March 18, 2013

Pope Francis

Pope Francis, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. He served as head of the Society of Jesus in Argentina from 1973 to 1979. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on 28 February 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first pope to be a Jesuit, to come from the Americas, and to come from the Southern Hemisphere.



Yesterdays pattern link did not go out in the email newsletter. If you want the Second Amendment pattern it is available on the blog in the catalog. Sorry for the inconvenience.   

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The Second Amendment has been in the news a lot lately. Gun control is a very serious and controversial subject. I'll have to be honest and say I don't know what the answer is to violence against innocent people. I do believe that the second amendment serves an incredibly important role in the freedom we are all afforded by the Constitution.

Community Forum back up and running.

I had to restore the forum from an earlier backup today. I think  I have everything back to normal now but I'll keep an eye on things for a few more hours. I spent several hours trying to figure out what happened and doing the restore. Somehow the permissions for the individual boards got reset to none. If I had discovered this before doing the restore I think I could have repaired it in just a few minutes. Oh well, live and learn. Sorry to all the Community Forum members for the downtime. 



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Friday, March 15, 2013

Sue Mey Easter Special.

This is a special offer from Sue Mey at Scrollsawartist.com. Take advantage of this offer to stock up on some wonderful religious patterns.

Easter is not far away so I would like to extend a 20% discount offer on all patterns from the following categories on my website: ‘Religious & Inspirational’ (all sub-categories included) and ‘Easter’. 

To qualify for the discount enter the voucher code EASTER2013 (case sensitive) during checkout. The promotion will remain in place until the end of March and the voucher is valid for multiple orders.

Below are a few examples of Easter patterns. Note: Each item shown is linked to the website - Click on the Image for them to open there.


 
 
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

World Record!

Dave Evans and Craig Steele of Axminster Tool Centre.

Article from Axminster Tool Centre website 

After several months in the planning, Weymouth craftsman, Dave Evans, has now begun his pursuit of a Guinness World Record and is attempting to create the world’s largest hand-cut jigsaw puzzle. Dave has managed to obtain sponsorship from Axminster Tool Centre, who are supplying him with an Excalibur scroll saw to cut the puzzle, and the Excalibur brand itself, which is owned by Canadian company, General International.

The puzzle will depict scenes from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and be a montage of 60 images taken throughout the celebrations in 2012. The entire puzzle, which when complete will measure approximately 19ft x 8ft and be made up of 40,000 pieces, should take several weeks to cut and the final stages of cutting will be witnessed by a Guinness World Record adjudicator. Specialist jigsaw puzzle maker Dave said “I’m one of the few people who are professionally trained to hand cut jigsaws and I wanted to leave a legacy, so I thought maybe I could leave a giant jigsaw. When it’s finished it will be completely assembled and a monster piece of work - I’m hoping it will be displayed for public exhibition and it could possibly be auctioned off to raise money for charity. I couldn’t have done this without the support of Axminster Tool Centre and the Excalibur saw”.

Throughout March members of the public, schools, colleges and craft enthusiasts are invited to watch Dave as he undertakes this challenge at Jigsaw Workshop on Brewer’s Quay in Weymouth. Ahead of him lies 200 hours of cutting time.




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Monday, March 11, 2013

Wedding Carriage Scroll Saw Pattern.

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