Saturday, June 30, 2018

Proud to be American Scroll Saw Pattern


Eight inch US flag plaque.

On July 4th, the United States of America will celebrate Independence Day. If you consider the signing of the Declaration of Independence as the birth of our nation we will turn 242 years young on that date. 

I am a proud citizen of the United States. I stand, remove my hat and place my hand over my heart when the flag is presented. I love the freedoms we are given by our constitution. I respect the checks and ballances our founding fathers set up for our government. I am proud of the innovations and advances our scientists have produced. I am proud to be American.

I am also proud that we can stand up and protest when we believe something is wrong. Lots of people are saying that we are more divided as a nation now than ever in our history. BS, we are united in our right to disagree. Disagreement without hate is an effective tool for change. Hate is the enemy of change. Don't let hate slip into the conversation or we all lose. Every nation, state, community, and person can do better, want better and be better. Let's be better on this 242nd birthday of our nation. 

Are we woodworkers?

Dictionary.com defines woodworking as follows.
Noun
1. The art of making things with wood.

I think that pretty much answers that question. Of course, scroll sawyers are woodworkers. This subject came up recently when I was speaking to a gentleman and the subject of tools came up. I ask him if he was a woodworker and he replied: "No I'm just a scroll sawyer.". 

I don't think he actually wanted to diminish his craft. I think he was afraid that I was a "woodworker" and would somehow look down on him when I found out he was a scroller. He was setting up a buffer so he did not have to defend his craft. 

Once I told him I was a scroll sawyer he let down his guard and we were able to talk without these stereotypes. 

Is there a difference between the skill required to build an 18th century Queen Anne style Highboy replica and a toy wooden car? Yes. Now, if you give that toy wooden car to a child cancer patient in the hospital do you feel any less pride in what you have accomplished? Nope.

Be proud of your craft. Be the best at it that your skills allow. Take pride in your finished projects. Don't be afraid you share your projects with others. I have known scrollers who have never shown their projects to anyone other than their spouse. Is this you? :)

You will be surprised how wonderful of a feeling it is to have someone look at your project and say "Wow, that's beautiful". That feeling will get you back into the shop fast. It's worth the risk.

Woodworker Guild of America Blogger Awards:

 
The voting for the WWGOA blogger awards is underway. The Scrollsaw Workshop is honored to have been selected as a finalist again this year. I am up against two of the finest woodworking content creators on the internet. Marc Spagnuolo and Jay Bates both have outstanding followings and make wonderful content.

They have me in the "Best furniture making blog" category.  No, I have no idea how I got in that category but it's just nice to be mentioned.

If you would like to vote for me just click the link. You have until July 13th, 2018 to vote.





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Friday, June 29, 2018

Keyhole Slot Cutting Jig.


Notice that the jig is holding an irregularly shaped(circle in this case) project in place to be routed. The two small nails do the job. Watch the video below for details.

We often cut scroll saw projects that need to hang on the wall. One of the most effective techniques to hang the project is a keyhole slot. These slots are strong and give you the ability to balance the project so it hangs straight. 
These slots are cut with a keyhole router bit. You can install the bit in a handheld router or a router table. In a handheld router, it is difficult to cut the slot straight without a fence. It difficult to use a straight fence on an edged that is not straight. That's where this jig comes in handy. 


Watch the video demonstration for details on the jig build.

This jig is designed around the Ridgid R2401 trim router.  You can easily modify the design for use with your router. The small base of the Ridgid trim router just makes the jig compact and easier to use. I have owned this router for a few years and it has been worth every penny. For $99 it has seen a ton of use in my shop. It is lightweight and powerful. It's the perfect router for scroll saw projects.


The picture shows the Ridgid router with the round base. It includes the square base that I use in this jig.