Thursday, July 30, 2015

Another Coin Project. This time a Key Chain.

Here is another quick and simple project using the coin forstner bit set. This one is a key chain with the abbreviation of every state. Man I love these simple projects that end up looking great. Sometimes it's just nice to go out in the shop and put something together fast. You don't always have time to cut fancy fretwork but you need that shop fix.

Grab a piece of nice hardwood scrap left over from another project and within an hour you can walk out of the shop with a nice gift for someone. 

 
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http://www.stevedgood.com/woodenvases.html
Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
Click now and make a family heirloom this weekend.

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. The 2014 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 223 patterns.

Turn quarters into dollars.

I purchased this 6 PC Coin Forstner Bit Set from Amazon.com. Here is the link. I received it today and was wanting to make a quick project. I designed this simple pendant using the Kentucky State Quarter. The set comes with a bit for the US Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar and dollar.

I can think of several different projects with this set. The fit of the coin is very nice. You can also buy a depth stop with the kit but if you have a drill press you can just use the stop on the press. The kit cost 29.95 on Amazon.

For this first attempt I only had a circulated coin that was a little tarnished. It would look nicer with a
brand new quarter.  If you need to find a good choice for jewelry supplies check out Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. You can find finished Sterling Silver and Silver Plated chains are very low prices. If you plan to make jewelry to sell its a nice place to start looking for supplies. I'm thinking these pendants if made well could bring $20 to $25 in the right location. There so simple to make it might be worth taking a few to your next show just to see how they do.


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http://www.stevedgood.com/woodenvases.html
Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
Click now and make a family heirloom this weekend.

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. The 2014 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 223 patterns.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wedding Table Numbers Scroll Saw Pattern.

I have had several requests for this pattern. I'm not much of a wedding expert but apparently it is common to have table numbers on the tables at the reception. The numbers in this pattern book go from 1 to 30.

Obviously you can cut only the number or either of the graphics depending on how simple you want them to be. You also have the option of adding a backer to make sure the fretwork shows up. Just stack cut an extra heart shape then cut the fret work after separating the hearts. To make the numbers two sided just stack cut three and remove the third before you make the interior cuts. I would probably use 1/8" thick wood if you make them two sided otherwise they get pretty thick.

New pattern catalog update. 
Well the first day of the new catalog seemed to go very well. There were over 4,200 patterns downloaded today. The speed of the catalog stayed stable and I have had no reports of major issues.

I trusted my developer but I was still holding my breath.

Thanks to all of you who provided feedback during the BETA test. It was helpful and made the catalog better. Changes were made because of your comments.

Thumb Screw search update.
I had over 100 readers who responded to my request for help finding a rotating tip screw to make custom blade clamps. Many thought I was looking for replacement thumb screws for the DeWalt or Excalibur saws. I appreciate the feedback but that's not what I'm looking for. I want a generic rotating tip set screw. I will add this to a knob of my choice to make a custom blade clamp.

Many sent me to sites where they sell swivel tip screws. Again that's not what I'm looking for. The set screw in the DeWalt and the Excalibur are not swivel tip screws. They have an insert that fits into the end of the screw. They rotate but do not swivel. Close but not the same.

I'm still searching and have not been able to check all the sources I was sent yet but I'm starting to thinks these screws are not available as an off the shelf product. I do thank everyone that searched for me. I'm still going to keep looking.

American Workshop television show showing scroll saw work.
I'm always browsing the internet for scroll saw related content. I ran across this video on the WBGUTV public television web site. Scott Phillips and his wife discuss a couple scroll saw projects. I have always liked Scott. Here is the link to the video. It's about 30 minutes and a fun watch.

  
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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.

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Scrollsaw Workshop Catalog.

The new Scrollsaw Workshop catalog is ready to be released tonight. The old catalog will still be available for a short while. I was having issues with the old catalog and this is the replacement. Watch the video below to get a quick update of the new catalog and it's features.

You can access the catalog from the blog. The link is in the left column. You can also get to it from this link. Scrollsaw Workshop Catalog.

The new format is pretty simple but you may pick up a pointer or two if you watch the video.

Thanks to Shane Shuford of Shuford Technology for all the hard work in developing this product. If you need any online or mobile development I highly recommend Shuford Technology.

You might find it easier to view the video if you watch it in HD and full screen. Just start the video and click the YoyTube logo in the bottom right. It will take you to the video on YouTube where you can change the settings.

Don't be too surprised if the catalog is sluggish for a couple days. It will probably get hit pretty hard. Feel free to look around but if it gets slow just come back later and things should speed back up.  



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http://www.stevedgood.com/woodenvases.html
Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
Click now and make a family heirloom this weekend.

Technical Question.


This is the thumb screw from the DeWalt DW788 scroll saw. The tip of the screw rotates. This helps prevent the blade from twisting when tightening the clamp.  I have a question. Does any one know the name for this type of screw. Does anyone know of a source for a rotating tip screw. I don't meant a replacement thumb screw for the DeWalt. I just want a name and source for a generic rotating tip screw.

I have searched McMaster-Carr without finding anything. Maybe this is a special made part but I doubt it.

The next four pictures are the clamps on a couple of my saws. Click them to enlarge. I get a lot of questions about blade slippage and about the knobs. I wanted to talk for a minute about these subjects. The pictures are from my Excalibur and one of my DeWalt DW788's
This first picture shows a clamp that is in need of some maintenance. Look closely at the contact points of the set screw and the thumb screw. Notice the gap at the top. This is probably because the blade chuck has bent from over tightening. It's common to want to over tighten the clam when the blade start slipping out of the clamp. This is not the solutions. What you probably need to do is replace the set screw and thumb screw. I have prolonged the life by lightly sanding the points but you have to be very careful to keep the two point straight. In the case of this clamp assembly I need to replace the set screw, thumb screw and the blade chuck. For the DeWalt that's going to cost around $40 with shipping. that's for upper and lower clamps.

I have in the past shown how to make or buy larger knobs for the thumbscrew. The thumbscrews can be hard on those with weak or sore hands. The above damage can be caused by the extra torque you can gain from the larger knob or lever. That's why I always give the warning that you want to be careful with the larger knob. Just use modest pressure. If the blade is slipping you need maintenance not more torque.

Thisis a picture of the Excalibur upper clamp.The set screw has been sanded a couple times but it's still in decent shape and holding well. The picture is a little off but the blade is centered between the two contact points which is what you want.

Thispicture shows the lower clamp of the Excalibur. Notice a couple things here. The blade is centered and in full contact with the set screw and thumb screw. You can also see a little spec of blue on the left set screw. This is removable Loctite blue. It prevents the setscrew from vibrating out but is removable with hand tools. With out the Loctite the set screw will eventually move. If you notice that it's moved you can just adjust it but sometime that gets over looked. The Loctite keeps it in place once adjusted. You can buy Loctite from most hardware stores.
  
This last picture shows a badly adjusted lower blade clamp. See how the blade is not centered in the blade chuck. The left set screw needs to be adjusted to recenter the blade.

These tips can apply to other scroll saws as well depending on how their clamps work.


Keep the set screws and thumb screws maintained.
Make sure they are adjusted so the blade rides centered in the chuck.
Do not over tighten the thumb screw. If the blade is slipping check these tips.
If you sand the tips, do it gently. Don't remove material. Just lightly rough up the tips. Get a replacement set when needed. They are not that expensive when you consider the aggravation of slipping blades.
A little removable Loctite on the left set screw can help keep it in place.