Sunday, December 8, 2013

Scroll Saw Sculpture.

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.

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Win a free Lifter for your DeWalt DW788 or Delta 40-690 scroll saw from

It's time for a contest giveaway. Frank Carey from is offering one free Lifter as a prize for those of you who own the DeWalt DW788 or the Delta 40-690. This is a great product. You can watch my review in the video below. Don't worry if you don't own one of these saws. As soon as this contest is over I will post another contest for everyone.

Here are the contest rules. If you don't follow the rules you cannot win.
Using the email address below.
Send an email to
The subject must be "The Lifter"
In the body of the email you have to type YOUR NAME and the STATE you live in.
Under that you have to tell the funniest family friendly joke you know. Ask a friend, look it up on google or just tell one you already know. Just keep it family friendly or it will not make the cut.

The entries have to be in by midnight December 13th 2013.
I will randomly select 5 finalist from the entries. My wife will read the jokes form those 5 finalist. The joke she thinks is the funniest will be the winner. She is a tough judge so give me your best.

The winners first name and Joke will be posted on the blog when I announce the winner.

Thanks Frank for supporting the Scrollsaw Workshop with a nice giveaway.

LED Desk Lamp Scroll Saw Pattern.

This project was fun to make and useful. On a recent trip to Frys electronics I purchased an High brightness four LED module for $6.99. I was not sure how I would use it but it was cool looking and I like gadgets so it came home with me. This project is what I decided to do with it. The pattern download is large because I have detailed pictures showing all the parts needed with links to buy them.

Before you start emailing me I know you can probably buy a cheap desk lamp cheaper but sometimes it's just fun to make something. The parts really are not that expensive. $6.99 for the LED, $7.89 for the Power supply off, $3.49 for the rocker switch from Radio Shack. Just a few more dollars for the hardware and supplies. Maybe $25 total.

The LED module has four High Brightness LEDs.  The power supply I bought does not turn them on to full brightness but it's plenty bright enough for a desk lamp.   

Make sure you read all the instructions and take your time. There are a few important steps that will cause trouble if you miss them. For instance the LED module has a polarity. If you wire them up backwards they won't work. It won't kill the LED but you will have to un-solder and start over.

Another good point to consider. You really need to be able to solder the connections. If this is something you are not familiar with then you may want to pass on this project. Soldering is not hard but if you don't have a soldering iron I would not buy one just for this project.

One mistake I made while putting it together was not installing the rocker switch lock nut on the wire before I soldered the wire to the switch. Pay close attention to this to avoid the same easy mistake.

This inexpensive LED module could come in handy for many lighted projects. Even if you do not build this project you may want to check out the LED modules from

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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. 

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.
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.

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Download the Free Scroll Saw Pattern Printer Version 1.1. Create name patterns in seconds. Windows PC only.
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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.
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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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