Monday, December 31, 2018

Octagon Basket Scroll Saw Pattern.



This octagon basket requires several compound angle cuts. If you remember your trigonometry you will know that these angles will all be 22.5-degree cuts. This is a bit more advanced project than I usually design for the blog. I kept the fretwork simple so you can concentrate on cutting the angles.
You can make all the angle cuts before you do the interior fretwork.

Each angle cut needs to be made with the board orientated correctly. I show this orientation in the instructions. Pay close attention to those instructions or your basket will not assemble correctly. 

My saw has a digital angle gauge but you can use a small protractor behind the blade to set the angle to 22.5 if necessary. Get it as close to 22.5 as possible.

The bottom of each piece will also have the same 22.5-degree angle cut so it will sit flat on the base.
Notice that the walls tilt out away from the center. Keep this in mind and follow the cut instruction or your walls my tilt inward and that will not work. 






The next three pictures show how we clamp and glue and glue up all the angle joints with tape.


All eight pieces are facing down and tape applied to the intersections.


The assembly is flipped over and glue applied to the joints.


We then carefully roll the basket into its octagon shape and apply the final piece of tape. 

If you are new to the scroll saw, this project will present a few challenges but nothing that you can't handle. The biggest two challenges are cutting the angle cuts straight and the glue up.

If you do not cut the angle cuts straight then the joints won't make good contact and the glue up will be weak. After you make the angle cuts lightly sand each cut to make it flat. Don't sand away too much wood, just make it fit well with the piece beside it.

To make the glue up easier make sure you use a decent blue painters tape. You want to be able to slightly stretch the tape across the joint. This will give it some clamping pressure when folded together. If you use cheap tape it will lift and possibly come apart.  

You can also cut the project without any fretwork as practice if you are not comfortable with this type of project.  

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One feature I offer here on the blog is the free stencil maker. It is a web-based application and will work on all platforms. It will allow you to make simple key fob and desk nameplates.

Note: The application will not currently work with encrypted HTTPS connections. If you see the Not Secure message it is not a concern. There is no information shared with the application. I will have this corrected soon.

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The DVD also works fine on a MAC. The viewer program is not MAC compatible but there is an included PDF with all the patterns shown as thumbnails for easy viewing. 

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Mr. Fixit Trophy Scroll Saw Pattern.



Here is a simple pattern for today. Mr. Fixit Trophy. 

Vintage Scroll Saw Restoration: Wood by Wright.


I have been looking forward to this series for a while now. James Wright, of the Wood by Wright YouTube channel bought this vintage Empire scroll saw a while back with the intention of restoring it and letting us watch. James is a very talented woodworker using mostly hand tools. If you are not familiar with James check out his channel.

This Empire scroll saw is already in pretty decent shape so it will be interesting to see how far he takes the restoration. I will keep track of the videos and post the rest of the series when they come out.