Thursday, June 22, 2017

World'd Best Lawn Guy Scroll Saw Pattern. Wedding box completed.
Do you want to say thanks to the guy who cuts your lawn? Maybe that guy is you. I don't cut my lawn anymore. I would but I feel obligated to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of our youth. Yea, I'm just too lazy to do it anymore.

I had a request for this pattern from a reader. I thought a few others may be able to use it also.

In this simulated image of the pattern you will notice several white lines. On the pattern they will be black. I made them white in the image because it is easier to see. In scroll saw speak these are called veins. Veins are cut with the scroll saw blade. I get that question often when I publish a pattern with veins. Many new comers to the hobby will assume they are drawn in with a pen after the pattern is cut. 

When you cut veins they won't always show up well. Sometimes you need to use a thicker blade. This can be the case if the wood your are using is very dark. 

When you reach the end of a vein you simply back the blade out. It is usually easier to back the blade out with the saw still running. 

Veins can weaken the wood especially if the wood has open grain. Red oak is notorious for breaking along the grain. If you feel like the vein will weaken the wood too much then leave the vein short or delete it all together. This will usually not be noticed.

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Project Share: Wedding Card Box.

I mentioned earlier this week that I was making a wedding box. I make these for family members to hold gift cards and small gifts at the ceremony. I make them large enough to hold wedding memorabilia after the event. As you can see this one is closer to a chest than a box.

I wanted this box to have a country feel to match what I saw on the invitation. I went out on a limb and used pine for this box. I wanted to see the knots and some distress. Pine can be difficult to finish and I had to do extra prep work to minimize splotching. I used a very light classic oak poly/stain. There is still some splotching but all and all I like how it came out. The pictures muted the color a little. It had a golden hue.

Most wedding gift card boxes have a slot for the cards. Because I want the box to be used for more than a gift card box I leave the slot out.  Some of the guests will have to be prompted to put their gift card in the box but I think it works out okay.
The end panels are held in place by through mortises and pegs. The pegs are walnut. I did use glue but the pegs were tight enough to hold everything together without using clamps. I used the scroll saw to cut the mortises and the pegs. The pegs were cut strong and sanded to a sung fit.
 The inside of the box is lined with a felt like material. I used a light brown material for the lining. I wanted to keep the color scheme neutral to go with the country theme.

The lid is not hinged. It is just held in place by the two cross supports. The lid has very thin breadboard ends to hide the end grain. Pine end grain is almost impossible to stain. I added the same trim to the side walls for the same reason. Got to hide that end grain as much as possible.
The front and back of the box are framed. I am always concerned that the lettering will get knocked off and the frame helps protect the letters. It also gives a bit of a shadow box effect that I like. 

The lettering was cut on my Seyco ST-21 scroll saw. They are about 1.75 inches tall. 

I used 1/4" Baltic birch plywood for the bottom. It is covered by the felt material anyway and it helped keep the weight down just a little.

The box is 19 inches wide, 13 inches deep and 10.5 inches tall. The boards are all 5/8 inch thick. That also helps keep the box from getting too heavy. The letters are cut from  1/4 inch thick walnut. 

I always get asked to publish the plans for these boxes. The problem is that I just wing it on this type of project. Other than writing down the initial dimensions and printing out the text I just work with a story stick. I use the story stick for all the measuring. Every cut is made long and I sneak up to the fit. This technique is much more accurate than a ruler. This box is square to 1/32 of an inch. 

These boxes are very basic and easy to make but because of what they are used for they will hopefully have a place in the couples home for many years. If you have the opportunity to take on a project like this I encourage you to jump at the chance. As a woodworker there is a good feeling knowing that you make something that will out live you. I think it would be really cool if the couple pulled this box out of the attic on their 50th wedding anniversary and spent just a minute remembering who made it for them.  

My mind is officially blown.

Some of you may remember that I got into 3D printers a while back. The second 3D printer I purchased was the QIDI Tech I. I bought it in March. I love the machine. It has worked very well.

The other day a shaft broke in the upper carriage assembly. Because the company who manufactures the machine is in China I figured I would be without this printer for several weeks waiting for parts. 

I have used their tech support one other time and it was very responsive but all I needed was information. This time I needed a part. 

I emailed their support staff with a picture of the part I needed. They responded is a couple of hours letting me know they would be shipping the part out Monday. They also sent the documentation, including videos showing how to replace and adjust the part. The same lady always answers the email. Her name is Audrey. She is incredibly helpful and seems to take making her customer happy a top priority.

Okay they were shipping the part but I would still have to wait several days or weeks to get it from China. Wrong! The part arrived Thursday. Shipped out Monday and arrived Thursday. From China! I was blown away when I saw the package on the porch. The surprise did not end there. When I opened the package, not only was the part I needed there but a whole care package of parts including belts, servo motor, springs and brackets. All I can say is  QIDI Technology has some of the best customer support I have ever experienced. Audrey is my new hero.

By the way. The part that failed was not under designed or of poor quality. I suspect it was defective from the beginning. I'm still confident in the quality of the printer.

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