Saturday, January 14, 2017

Clemson Tigers 2016 NCAA Football National Champions Scroll Saw Pattern.

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Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers NCAA football team and fans for winning the national championship. It was a last second classic between Clemson and the lightly favored Alabama Crimson Tide. 

This was a rematch from last years championship and it did not disappoint. It seems like championship games can be disappointing after all the build up and hype. I thinks most people thought this would be a good game between two powerful teams but this one was special. Both teams played well. It just came down to who had the ball last. That was Clemson and they scored with one second left to win the game.  

Information:
I want to point out some information about my patterns. I get occasional email from people who are confused with a pattern. Most of the time this confusion comes from looking at the image of the project and not looking at the actual pattern. Let me explain.

I do not cut most of the patterns I design. I would spend all my time in the shop if I did. Most of the images of the finished project are just simulated. The pattern in this post is an example.

I take the pattern and add a wood texture and drop shadow. Sometimes I add a black background to make the fret work stand out. That's what I have done with this pattern. The black in this image is the fretwork. It is not an overlay. That can be confusing if you do not look at the pattern first. It's obvious in the pattern. That is a common question I get.

Another issue with looking at the image is that the base will be drawn in 2D. In the image above the two darker boards at the bottom of the trophy are 7" X 2.5" X .75" and 8" X 3.5" X .75". Again if you look at the pattern this is easier to visualize than looking at the image. 

 When a project can not be simulated or if I need to check to see if it works I will cut and build it. The clock image simulation is an example of this type of pattern. The image is a simulation in 2D. I am currently working on this pattern for release in a few days. I will actually build this project so the image better shows the project and to make sure everything fits.

Some people ask why I do not add dimension to the patterns. This question usually comes from long time traditional woodworkers. They are use to having the length, width and thickness of a board in a pattern. Most of the time as scrollers we just glue the pattern to the boards and cut it out. It does not matter what the size is because the pattern is 1/1 scale.

Sometimes people who have other woodworking equipment will cut rectangular shaped parts on the table saw. That's when it's nice to have the dimensions. For those I will sometimes add the dimension in the pattern. I did that for the two bases in this pattern. When I don't just measure the printed pattern.

Another question is "What species of wood did you use?". Since the patterns are simulated I can't give you a species. I just use contrasting colors of wood textures to show how I would select the wood if I were to build the project. I like walnut and maple as nice contrasting woods. 

Red line vs black line. I know there are some scrollers who prefer the patterns to have a red outline. My patterns are black line. That's just what I prefer so that's the way I have always designed my patterns. I have shown in a past video how you can use the RapidResizer utility on my blog to change the outline color of my patterns. You can also eliminate the grey interior using this utility.

When you need to ask a question about a particular pattern I need the filename of the pattern. I have been designing patterns for ten years online and I can't remember past yesterday. If you ask me how to cut the Christmas ornament I have no idea which one you need help with. There are hundreds of patterns. Example, give me "christmas2015.pdf" and I can look it up and try to help. 

I hope this helps. I know many people come to my blog who are just getting started. I will do everything I can to help you get started in the hobby. No question is too basic. We all had questions when we started also. 

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"Fish more work less" Scroll Saw Pattern.

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I bet the fisherman in your family will like this pattern. Large 11.25 inch fishing lure. I made it that size so it would fit on one sheet of paper. I would probably enlarge this pattern to about sixteen inches to make it a larger wall hanging.

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There was tons of feedback from yesterdays post about slipping blades. I want to follow it up with a few comments.
I was ask by a few people if the clamp could be bent back into shape. The answer is yes and no. I have tried to bend them back into shape but there is very little margin for error. You can barely see the bent part sometimes. That tells you that the faces of the setscrew and thumb screw points need to be very close to the same plane. The thickness of the blade takes up some of the error but for $12 it not worth the effort to me. You good news is that there is no harm in trying to bend it back into shape. It's already broke.

Another question was if the lower clamp for the DeWalt, Delta and Excalibur are the same part. To my knowledge they are the same part. I would still order from the right part catalog just to be safe. You may void a warranty and I see no reason to swap them.

Next question was concerning the third party thumb screw I had on the upper clamp of the machine. I did a video review of these knobs back in 2015. I am not certain if they are still available but if you are interested in them the contact information for buying them is at the end of the video. VIDEO REVIEW. One word of caution. These knobs may allow you to apply extra pressure to the clamps. That will cause the clamps to bend. These knobs are for comfort. Do not over tighten the clamps! I cannot stress this more. If the blade is slipping, extra torque is not the answer.

I also had questions about why I bought the part from a source other than DeWalt. In the position I have put myself in I answer lots of email about everything scroll saw related. One of the things I do with the donations I receive from you folks is experiment with things. I was just testing the service of www.toolpartsdirect.com. When the product/service goes well I mention that on the blog. I rarely mention the ones that go wrong. I recently had a piece of software that I reviewed for the blog. It turned out to be disappointing so I never reviewed it. I'm not interested in disparaging a product that I may just not find useful. The exception to this is when it looks like a scam. Just not my cup of tea to do bad reviews.

These were the most common questions. I'm sure some others had the same questions and will find this helpful. One thing for sure. The slipping blade problem is a hot button. The post generated more email than my thief on the porch video. By the way, the police arrested the porch package thief a couple days later. He was charged with a felony. He already had two other felony warrants so it's not looking good for the guy. Sounds like drugs were involved as usual.

One other note. I am in a collaborations with Heritage Wood Specialties. Several people have mentioned that their web site requires flash and will not load on an iPad or iPhone. I have spoken to them and they are aware of the issue. They are in the process of looking into changes.

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Purchase the entire Scrollsaw Workshop pattern catalog for offline access.
This DVD has 1,964 patterns published from 2007 thru 2016.
The DVD is $20 plus shipping. Ships to 60 countries around the world.

You can view a video showing use of the DVD on a Windows PC and a MAC at this link

Click here to Order. 
Want to create beautiful wooden vases on the scroll saw?
My two "Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw" books make it easy.

The books are $12 each and available for instant download after purchase. Click for Video Demonstration.


The Scrollsaw Workshop is primarily supported by donations. If you enjoy this Blog and would like to make a donation please click this Button. Your support is greatly appreciated. 
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