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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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. 

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Free Pattern Catalog. 1000's of free patterns.

Thousands of FREE scroll saw patterns. No registration or signup required.

The projects form these patterns can be sold without restrictions. The patterns cannot be sold.

Click here for the Free Online Catalog.


Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw Book $12 Each
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.

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1
Download the Free Scroll Saw Pattern Printer Version 1.1. Create name patterns in seconds. Windows PC only.
Download Version 1.1
Please consider a $5 donation for The Scroll Saw Pattern Printer v1.1.

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.
Download the Free Oval Key Chain Pattern Maker. Create Oval key chain patterns in seconds.
Download Version .9a
Please consider a $5 donation for The Oval Key Chain Pattern Maker.

T-Shirts and More.

T-Shirts and More.
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