Sunday, March 25, 2018

Easter Cross Scroll Saw Pattern.

This decorative Easter cross is a little over ten inches tall. 

Scroll Saw Blade Comments:

I did a write-up a couple days ago about choosing scroll saw blades. I expected to receive several comments and I did. There was a lot of great feedback and I thought I would share one in particular from John. Several valuable thoughts in his write-up.

I read with interest your discussion about blade choice today. This subject is always at the top of the list with new members and new Scrollers at a Carolina Scrollers club meeting.

I personally, when starting as a new scroller, bought many different blade types only to have the majority gather dust once I understood my preferences.

Like most new scrollers, we were/are self-learners. I believe most Scrollers gravitate to their favorite type designs they like to scroll and some choose a multitude of designs. For me, I love to scroll detailed Fretwork. My favorites are clocks, especially those designed by Pedro of Spain. For relaxation, I like making numerous type bowls. And thirdly, Christmas ornaments because of our club’s focus program of selling and donating 100% of sales to the North Carolina Second Harvest Food Bank.

I have two saws; Dewalt and Excalibur. I tend to defer to the Excalibur because I can “neutralize” the aggressiveness of the blade easier as this is important to me when doing detailed Fretwork. 

I say all of the above to make the following points and observations:
Blade choices are individual and charts that are available should be considered as guidance and not “gospel”.
Although most saws operate fundamentally the same, there are differences that can affect blade choices.
Obviously, blade manufacturers say their blades are the best. However, the level of scroller’s experience and their adherence to basic steps have a huge impact on a scroller’s satisfaction with any blade. 
Another big difference is “Need for Speed”. If a scroller is a production type they will want to cut fast and their selected designs will generally be less difficult or less intricate than a scroller that is cutting a family heirloom. In this case, the production scroller may choose a #3 or #5. For the “heirloom, the choices may be a 2/0 or a #1.  
I indicated above I like to make bowls. My objective has been to make bowls, when complete, that have the same finish as a detailed clock. This means to me using a #1 to minimize entry hole size, smooth edge surfaces and tightness on compression fit bowls.
All this with no regards to time to make. For a production scroller, time is important so cut-out time is a factor. As such they may go to a #3 or higher. These choices will affect the quality of the end product.
Another factor of blade satisfaction is the persistence of the scroller relative to follow certain basic steps; saw speed, pre-tensioning new blades, maintaining correct tension, removing blade manufacturing “burrs” and swapping out blades when the blade becomes dull. Couple these factors with the impact of wood choices and condition. (Flatness, hardness and wood thickness for design, ie too thick, too thin. 
Another huge factor is when you analyze steps and choices if you are cutting Intarsia. Cutting hardwood 3/4 inch to 4/4 thick woods is significant compared to intricate 1/8, 1/4 or 1/2 thicknesses.
Spiral blades is yet another discussion.

All said, is it any wonder why blade selection and use is the number one topic by the majority of Scrollers (and clubs)?
The Carolina Scrollers club in Winston Salem meets each month. Our most important meeting segment is the Show & Tell. Members presenting are asked to discuss blade usage, challenges making their work and the finishing process. Periodically members will present a “how to” segment or demonstration on a given subject. 

Sorry for going on. I am a firm believer in a point by point analysis of processes to do anything
John F.

Fifteen days left and we are almost at 8,000 entries for the giveaway. The gift certificates this month are really nice so make sure you get your entries in. Don't leave free money on the table. You can enter once per day. Winners are drawn randomly so you have just a good of a chance to win as the next person. 

I am putting up $300 for gift certificate number one and Bear Woods is putting up $150 for gift certificate number 2. Go get yourself some free money.

Bear Woods and Scroll Saw Workshop Sponsored Giveaway.


What!!!!! This is crazy. 
Prize #1.... $300 Bear Woods gift certificate
Prize #2.... $150 Bear Woods gift certificate.
Stephen from Bear Woods and myself want to take the giveaway up a notch this month. We will be increasing the value of the gift certificate to $300 for prize#1 and $150 for prize number two. You can buy a lot of Pegas scroll saw blades, clock parts and more with this giveaway.


$300 gift certificate. Simply use the link above to enter every day. The more you enter the better your chance to win a $300 gift certificate. Winner randomly drawn from all entries.
$150 gift certificate.  Visit this page where you can find instructions.
Winner randomly is drawn from all eligible entries. 
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Products for your consideration:

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