Sunday, April 1, 2018

Small Vanity Mirror Scroll Saw Pattern. Happy Easter.

To all of you who celebrate the day, I want to wish you a Happy Easter. Please be safe on your trips. 

Small vanity/desk mirror. The mirror stands ~ 8.5" tall.  

This project is easy to cut and difficult to assemble.  It requires a sheet of acrylic mirror. You can purchase it at this link. Acrylic Mirror Link

There are two reasons that the assembly of this project would be considered intermediate. 

1. This project looks bad if the edges are not rounded over. You need a router(table) with a small round over bit to get the best results. It's also not easy to round over the small stand piece. If you are not proficient with a router table then this is a dangerous procedure and I suggest you use good old fashion sandpaper and elbow grease. It will take a while but it looks nice when finished so it's worth the time.

2. Drilling the holes freehand for the tilt pins can be tricky. They need to be drilled straight or the mirror frame will sit in the stand crooked. I freehanded the holes after the stand was cut but it's better to drill the holes with a drill press while the board is still square. 

I used Baltic birch plywood as a carrier to cut the acrylic mirror. 

Cutting the frame is a two-step procedure. Stack cut the exterior of the front and back of the frame. 

Remove the back of the frame from the stack and cut the interior opening.

Cut all the pieces carefully so you get a good fit.After you glue the front of the frame to the back you need to round over the back side of the frame assembly. The roundover needs to match the stand.

The beauty of this project is all about the details. The shapes are simple so they need to be finished with great care or it will just look bad. If you take the time to sand and sculpt the frame

New Product Review. General LS2000:

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I received a new product today and just finished setting it up for a test. This is the General LS2000 laser retrofit for the Seyco ST21 scroll saw. It replaces the blade with a 2000-watt laser capable of cutting through two-inch thick wood. It will be released sometime later this year. They plan to add other scroll saws to the list of compatible machines in 2019.

It took me about an hour to install the unit. The basic unit comes with the laser generator, water chiller, (to keep the laser cool) and smoke dissipation fan. The instructions were easy to follow and other than one mishap all went well. The first time I turned on the laser it cut through the wood, saw table and my left shoe. 

After a quick trip to the emergency room, I was back in the shop ready to calibrate the laser. They don't tell you in the instructions but the maximum 2,000 watts is the same power that James Kirk uses to slice aliens in half. I adjusted it back to stun and was ready for my first test cut.

This thing cuts like butter. It made easy work of 1/2" thick walnut. I'll test thicker woods later.

I think General has a hit on their hands with the LS2000. If they can get around the liability issues of slicing off fingers then I believe we will see this as a standard feature in years to come. 

List price is $65,998 including the chiller and fan. An optional 3,000 watt laser will cost you an additional $13,000. I was disappointed that for this price they did not include a sticker. I always get a sticker when I buy an Apple product. I have come to expect that from all manufacturers now.


The Giveaway for March has ended and the winners are being selected. I have the name of the winner drawn from my half of the giveaway. As soon as I get the name from Bear Woods half of the giveaway I will announce them in a post. Thanks for all the entries and good luck.

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