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 pat