Friday, April 6, 2018

66 Million Year Old Scroll Saw Pattern.

This fossil scroll saw pattern is cut from a single board using the bevel cut technique. The bevel cut keeps the grain of the wood continuous to make the piece look carved instead of applied.

This book has this pattern in two sizes. Let me say upfront that the smaller one is difficult to cut because of the bevel. There is barely enough room for the bevel without cutting off parts you want to keep. The picture above is my cutting of the smaller pattern. As you can see it did work but I had to be precise in the cuts. Any blade over a #1 will probably not work. The larger pattern should not be a problem.

 Prepare the wood and pattern. 
Make the interior cuts first. Next cut the exterior of the rock. Save the bevel cut for last. 
Make test cuts in the same material with the same blade to get the bevel correct.  
You want about a 50% rise. I used a #1 blade and 1/2" thick wood. My angle was ~ 3 degrees. 
Find a good spot to drill the bevel cut starter hole. I started near the bottom of the tail. My wood was thin enough that I did not have to angle the drill to drill the starter hole. If you use thicker wood you may need to angle the drill to match the angle of the bevel cut. 
I use hot glue to hold the piece extruded from the background. A few dabs of hot glue on the back will keep the fossil in place.

Thank you all for the kind words about the Stickman Chess Set. Sales were very good and I appreciate it very much. For those who missed it, I will post it here one more time then move it to my eStore. 

You can download the pattern before you buy. If you like the pattern and decide to keep it then I ask for a $5 payment. You can use the Buy Now button below or pay by check or cash. The address is in the pattern book. 

Download the pattern and take a look. 

Hope to see you at The Woodworking Show in Texas this April 13-15, 2018.
I will be the guest of Bear Woods. Please stop by the booth and say hello.

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Scroll Saw Pattern Design Tutorial: DVD
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Then I will show you the technique to take your photograph and make a pattern from it. When the pattern is complete we will go in the shop and cut it.
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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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This WEN planer gets very good reviews for the price. If you need a planer this might be worth taking a look at. I watched a couple of youtube videos on this machine and they were impressed with its performance.

  • Granite table provides a sturdy non-marring surface for wood to smoothly travel over
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ClockClock Scroll Saw Pattern. Stickman Chess Set Pattern available to purchase.

It's a clock, clock. Requires a 2 3/4" clock insert. Sometimes I pick up a piece of wood and ask it what it should be. This piece of yellow heart wanted to be a clock. 

This piece of yellow heart was one inch thick. Yellow heart cuts easily but it reminded me of a problem that I hear from many new scrollers.  I often receive an email asking why the edges of the cuts are not straight. When they try to remove the cutout part it will come out one direction but not the other. The piece is effectively shaped like a wedge. 
Assuming that the table is square to the blade here are a couple of suggestions to correct this proble.

Make sure that the blade tension is correct. New scrollers often under tension the blade thinking it will break. This under tension will result in the blade flexing and give you a curved cut. Add a bit more tension and see if that helps.

Pay attention to how you are pushing the blade through the wood. Don't apply side pressure on the blade as you cut. Relax your grip from time to time an allow the blade to come back to 90 degrees. 

Do not rush the cut. Let the blade have time to remove the sawdust from the kerf.