Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dear Jesus Scroll Saw Pattern

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"Dear Jesus I want to take a minute not to ask for anything from you, but to simply say thank you, for all I have.". The base on this mantle prayer is fourteen inches long. The backer board is seven and a half inches tall. The text will be cut from quarter inch thick wood.

There are several small interior cuts in the text. You will need a #1 or a #2/0 blade for some of these cuts. Micro drill bits will come in handy. You may get by with a standard 1/16" drill bit if you are very careful with your drilling.  If none of these options are available to you then resize the project to a size that is comfortable to you. You can use the free RapidResizer tool available on my blog or visit a print shop and ask them for help.

I want to thank everyone who has purchased my new book of Wooden Vase Patterns. The feed back has been very nice. Some people have already made all eight patterns and are asking for more. I am working on volume two but it won't be available for a while. Here is a look at one of the vases in volume two with a color inlay using the FIMO clay technique I have show here before. I have other ideas for the next book that I think you will love.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dragon Wars Scroll Saw Pattern.

WOOD:
Walnut is a wonderful wood to use on the scroll saw. It's one of my favorites. It is a deep rich brown color and the grain patterns can be quite beautiful. Different species of walnut grow throughout the world. Here in the US the most common species is Black Walnut.

I use a lot of walnut with maple because the contrast between the two woods is so great. The light maple and deep brown walnut can make a project pop. In many cases we scrollers are more concerned with the color of the wood we use instead of the grain pattern.  Furniture makers seem to always be hunting that beautiful grain. Scroll saw projects are often small and the grain is just not that apparent.

The sap wood can be very pale. I like to keep projects natural so including a little bit of sap woods looks good to me. Too much walnut sap wood can be overwhelming though so you often have to cut it away. For a while all my local suppliers could only get walnut with lots of sap. Lately it's been better.

Walnut has gotten pretty expensive lately. It's runs around $8 board foot and it's getting tougher to find wide boards. When I'm buying lumber I try to stay with at least eight inch wide boards to keep my options open for the most different projects.

Walnut is not an exceptionally hard wood and it cuts beautifully on the scroll saw. It is dense enough to hold up to minor abuse. It sand well and take glue nicely.

If I had to choose one wood to make my projects from it would be Black Walnut.
 
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cowboy Welcome Sign Scroll Saw Pattern.

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Cowboy welcome home sign cut from 1/2" wood and painted black.

I Love Your Dimples:

I get emails all the time asking what blades I use. I answer Flying Dutchman brand from Mike over at www.mikesworkshop.com. Most long time scrollers will have their favorite blades. Some will have multiple brands with certain blades from each brand and others are brand loyal. I am the brand loyal guy. I have used just about every blade out there but I always end up back to my Flying Dutchman blades. It's just a preference. I won't get into debates over which blades are best. My opinion is obvious but use what works for you.

If you do try the Flying Dutchman blades I have a recommendation.  I have always been a fan of the Scroll Reverse model for the splinter free finish on the backside of the cut. A while back when I was talking with Mike he suggested the newer Ultra Reverse blades. Mike never steers me wrong so I bought a bunch of different sizes.

The big feature of the blade besides the reverse tooth pattern and the hardened steel was the dimple. The dimple serves a very simple purpose. It lets you instantly know which end of the blade goes up. At first I thought it was more of a gimmick than a true feature. Boy was I wrong. That dimple comes in super handy especially on the smaller blades. Even after 30 plus years of scrolling I would still occasionally install a blade upside down. My fingers are callused and feeling the small tooth pattern was not that easy. Now I never even have to think about it. Grab the blade by the dimple and install it. As I get older the simple things seem to make more of a difference to me. I love that dimple.

    
Flying Dutchman Brand Ultra Reverse Blade with Dimple.

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If you would like to have all the patterns in the Scrollsaw Workshop catalog you can buy the first six years DVD and the 2013 update DVD at this link. DVD #1 is $20 and contains over 1,100 patterns. The 2013 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 178 patterns.