Friday, February 28, 2014

Resizing Scroll Saw Patterns. Watch the Video for details.

For those of you who would like to resize my patterns I have put together this video. It gives you two options for accomplishing this task. It is important to watch the video or the program below won't make much sense. The video shows how it is done in Adobe Reader print dialog and how to use RapidResizer Online to freely load and resize my patterns.

RapidResizer Online is a web site written by Patrick Roberts. He kindly allows my readers to use his service for free to resize the patterns from my collection. It only works for free with my patterns. You may find it valuable enough to purchase a yearly subscription that allows you to upload and resize any pattern.

The program download below is an interface I wrote to interface with RapidResizer Online. It allows you to open one of my patterns that you have downloaded and send it to RapidResizer Online for resizing and other tasks. Again if you don't watch the video this won't make much sense.

www.stevedgood.com/resize.zip
Click the image to download the RapidResizer Online Interface Program.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Simple three tea light candle holder.

Sometimes a very simple project can be fun. This three tea light candle holder is almost Shaker inspired in design. If you left out the interior cuts it would be even more Shaker like. All you need is a board that is 2.25 inches wide and 10.5 inches long. This is one of those projects that uses so little wood you might even use some of that exotic stock you have laying around.

You will also need a forstner bit to drill out the recesses for the tea lights. My electric tea lights were 1.5 inches in diameter so that is the size bit I used. If you chose a different size candle make sure to change the bit size. Forstner bits are not cheap but they come in very handy if you can pick some up. You can buy them individually or in sets.

If you don't have a forstner bit then just use 1/2" thick wood and cut the holes with your saw. The tea light will still stand proud of the top and look fine. 

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I hate being sick.

I have spent the last two days in the bed sick. It's just a bad cold but it kicked my rear. I don't get sick very often but when I do I'm a big baby. All I want to do is sleep until it goes away. I'm hoping I will be back on my feet by tomorrow. I missed work Monday and Tuesday so I can't afford to miss another day.  

The cold has put me a mile behind on answering email. I'll try but I probably won't get to all the unread ones. If I miss your question wait a few days and send it again.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Basketball Trophy Scroll Saw Pattern.

I got sick just in time for the weekend. I started feeling bad late Friday so I have been laying in front of the television all day watching basketball. I watched the Kentucky vs LSU, Louisville vs Cincinnati, Syracuse vs Duke and the Arizona vs Colorado games. There are a lot of great young players on some very good teams this year. I wish a few of these young guys would stay in college long enough to see them get even better. Can't hardly blame them for going to the NBA and cashing in. My Kentucky Wildcats are full of young guys. They start five freshmen. They are a decent team but if we could get them to return for their sophomore year I think they could be incredible. Unfortunately that's not likely to happen.  

After binging on bball all day I thought I would make another basketball trophy. This one is eight inches tall. There is a pattern for each eligible number. If you have a school that you support this might be a nice trophy for the guys to keep. The image of the basketball in the background is included in the pattern book. Glue it to the backer board then glue the backer to the trophy.

Without too much trouble you could add the school name in place of the "Let's Play" to customize the trophy.    www.stevedgood.com/basketball14.pdf Just wanted to mention The Lifter from www.papasworkshop.net . This is a great product if you own a DeWalt DW788. If you own this saw you know that there is a feature that is missing. The upper arm will not stay up when changing blades. The Lifter fixes that flaw. It's easy to install and easy to use. The Lifter is $29.95 but for the readers of the Scrollsaw Workshop you can get it for $24.95 by using the voucher code "steveg". Just enter the voucher code in the checkout page to get this deal.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Small Chef Cutting Board Scroll Saw Pattern.

Sometimes you only need a small cutting board. This one is small enough to throw in a drawer. You should use a hardwood such as hard maple, black walnut etc. Woods such as poplar and pine should be avoided. They won't last long. I would also avoid exotics as some contain oils that can cause an allergic reaction in some people.    

Mineral oil is a good food safe finish for cutting boards. While almost any modern day finish is food safe when completely cured they are frowned upon. People will be skeptical if you tell them you used something other than a natural finish.  
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Scroll Saw Cross

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snowboard Scroll Saw Pattern.

It's one of the most popular televised Olympic sports this year. Watching these men and women fly down the slopes and 50 feet into the air is impressive. I just watched Alex Deibold grab a bronze medal for the US in the snowboard cross in Sochi. Snowboard cross is is a downhill race with up to six competitors on the hill at once. Not only do they race down a winding course they take on several jumps on the way. It really is quite exciting.    

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Corner Shelf Scroll Saw Pattern.


This corner shelf is about the right size for a candle or small decorative item. It's cut from 1/4 inch thick wood.