Thursday, November 30, 2017

All I want for Christmas Scroll Saw Pattern.
This is a Christmas wish scroll. Family makes the holidays better. I hope you can be with your family on Christmas.

I received several emails about my post a couple days ago on "Tips on Scroll Saw Blades". Most of them just let me know they appreciated the info. A few pointed out even more tips. Here is one from Ron O. All the blades Ron mentions are great blades so I thought I would share his email

Hello Steve

You were spot on with your comments on blade selection.  

I have never seen the need for anything larger than a #5. I guess the biggest advantage to using larger blades is reduction of the possibility for breakage.  Generally teeth counts are similar ,so you end up plowing a wider Kerf with a larger blade, hopefully with blade intact.

This year I cut about 60 compound ornaments using 1 3/4 to 1 7/8 poplar.  I used a #5 Pegas modified geometry blade.  A blade would last for 2 or possibly 3 ornaments.  I never broke a single blade.  At one point I cut an ornament with a Pegas #3.  It worked just fine.  As you pointed out ...slow down and let the blade do the job.

Part of my success is obviously the fantastic Pegas blade.  In my intarsia work, using very hard woods, I also use the Olson #5 PGT blades.  Another fine blade for wordart etc. Is the FD ultra reverse blade.  Again, nothing larger than a #5.

Thanks for all you do for the scrollsaw community.

Ron O.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Winder Scene Fretwork Scroll Saw Pattern.
This Christmas winter scene wall hanging is 12" tall and 10" wide. I used maple and walnut scroll saw blanks from Heritage Wood to cut this fretwork. Their glued up boards were perfect for this large project. I used the 12" X 16" boards. They do a good job of color matching the glue ups so it's hard to tell these are not just wide boards.  

There are enough cuts on this piece to keep you busy for a while. It took me about three hours to cut the fretwork. I finished it with spray acrylic. I'll use a saw tooth hanger from Bear Woods to hang it on the wall. See how I shamelessly mentioned two sponsors for this one project. Capitalism at it's finest.

Well I'm about to hit a milestone in my life. On December 1st, I will be 60 years old. There are certain birthdays that seem to stand out more than others. 16, 21, 50 and 60 seem to be transition years. When I was much younger I would have told you that 60 was ancient. Now that I'm here it don't seem so old. :)

I bring this up because I recently had a conversation with a reader about how important it is to have something in your life that you are passionate about. For some it's fishing or golf. For me it's making things. I am a very happy camper when I'm in my shop working on a project or sitting at the computer designing a pattern.

No age seems old when you can wake up each morning looking forward to the day. A hobby can be one part of your life that can keep you active both physically and mentally.

I am a big believer that a hobby can help keep you fulfilled and happier. Even when work is tough or other parts of our lives are not going well you can always retreat to your hobby and find a few minutes to be happy.

I have quite a few orders in the queue right now. I'll spend some extra time getting caught back up today. 

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This is a picture of the Heritage Woods scroll saw blanks that I used for today's project.
If you need wide boards for your project there are very well made. 

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