Monday, February 26, 2018

Stickman Karate Scroll Saw Pattern.

 I'm still working on all the requests for Stickman patterns. Today we have Stickman Karate.

I will be changing it up each day with the dog breed patterns and these Stickman patterns until I get bored with them :)

 John "Sticky" Sap

John held the ranking of Black Belt until early this year. Unfortunately John washed is belt with his white gym socks and bleach. John has not started over with the ranking of White Belt.

 Kioshi "Mokkō" Natsuko

Kioshi's nickname is Mokkō. The English translation of the Japanese word Mokkō is "woodworker". Kioshi earned his nickname by breaking 2,367 boards in one hour with his forehead. After the feat he signed a multi year endorsement contract with Tylenol.  

Jack "Bow Tie" Plane 

Jack received his training as a Karate referee by watching a Chuck Norris movie. Jack knows nothing about the Martial Arts but because he wears a bow tie he looks very official. No one has ever questioned his credentials. After recently watching the 1976 hit movie, "All The Presidents Men" staring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, Jack has started a committee to look into a possible Presidential run in 2020. 

A difficult subject to discuss:

As you can imagine I receive lots of email from new readers asking which scroll saw they should buy. The note will often go something like this. "I only have $200 to spend. Which scroll saw should I buy?".  This is a tough question to answer. It's easy to respond  that they are wasting their money and should wait and save up for a better saw. I know that is what some of the long time scrollers are thinking as they read this. There is obviously some merit to that answer.

We all know that the experience you have from a high end saw is going to be better than an entry level machine. I wish everyone could have the option to start with a $1,000 scroll saw, or even a $500 saw but that's just not realistic for most casual scroll saw newbies. 

I received an email today from a reader about this subject. His name is Keith. He had just purchased a DeWalt DW-788 after starting out with a Craftsman 16" and then a Porter Cable. Needless to say Keith was very pleased that he had moved up to the DeWalt. His experience is better in almost every way. But here is the twist.

Keith used the Craftsman to make gifts for family and friends for almost a year before upgrading to the Porter Cable. He then used the Porter Cable for a few years before becoming dissatisfied enough with how it ran to drop some serious money on the DeWalt. 

Those entry level machines allowed Keith to feel out the hobby. The saws were good enough to allow him to have some fun making projects. The entry level machines did not run Keith off from the hobby. They did just the opposite. They peaked his interest enough to eventually move up to a better machine.

Now don't get me wrong. I do not recommend that you buy a $79 scroll saw if you want to do advanced fretwork. I don't even recommend a $79 scroll saw for cutting basic level patterns. I also don't immediately recommend that someone just getting started run out and spend a thousand dollars.

The best answer I can give is to buy the best you can afford. If that is a $200 saw then go for it. You will have to temper your expectations but I know people who put out beautiful work on a $200 scroll saw. If you can afford a $1,400 saw and are sure you are serious about the hobby then great. Take the plunge.

Interesting product:

Check out this product I discovered on Amazon. These are USB powered mini LED printed circuit board lights. They come in a package of ten boards for $11.99. Each PCB has 6 LED's. I am thinking that these might work well in scroll saw projects than need to be lighted. Of course you will need a power source but that should not be much of a problem. I'm thinking a USB extension cable and wall wart. Maybe I can even find a simpler method to power them. 

I just ordered a set tonight and will test them out. 

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