Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Business Card Holder Scroll Saw Pattern.

Not all scroll saw projects have to be complicated. Sometimes it's nice to just knock out something simple. It can't get much simpler than this business card holder.  

Because it is simple you need to pay even more attention to the details. Sand away any blemishes you may have caused when cutting. Whatever finish you apply should be as close to perfect as possible.

Use nice hardwoods for this type of project. In a simple design like this, the wood is the main attraction. The pattern does not require much wood so use the best you have. 

I  am taking compound cut nameplate pattern orders again: $5

I have had several requests for these compound cut nameplate patterns recently. I will take orders again for the next few days. I will try to get the orders emailed out within three days of receiving the order. 

When I email the pattern to you it will be attached as a PDF. Payment options will also be included in the email. You only pay after you receive the pattern.

The pattern will look like the picture above. Some names work better than others. They look best when I can stretch both names to be close to equal length. The name above will cut fine but just does not look quite as good. This is just something to keep in mind if you order one.  You also need to be able to make 1.5" X 1.5" wood blank. I cut down regular dimensional 2 X 4's on my table saw. The cut easy and are cheap.

For those of you who may be new to compound cutting on the scroll saw here is a explanation of how they are cut. 
 It's important for the table to be set to 90 degrees. The pieces of waste can sometimes be hard to remove and that's made even worse if the table is off even slightly.
 Cut the pattern down to size. You will also need the wood blank and some blue painters tape.
Wrap the wood in the blue painter's tape. This will make the pattern much easier to remove and also has other benefits. The glue from the tape will lubricate the blade. This reduces heat which makes the blade last longer and the cut easier to make. 

Crease the pattern on the fold line. 
 Carefully wrap the pattern around two sides of the wood block. 
 You want to use a larger drill bit but not too large. I used a 1/8" drill bit for most of these. The second side cut can be more difficult to feed the blade through. The cuts from the first side will snag the blade when feeding it through the second side so the larger holes help.
Some people prefer to hold the wood block when they make these cuts. I prefer to use a clamp. It just helps me control the piece. 
 My DIY compound cutting jig is not long enough to hold this piece so I use a handscrew clamp. You can also use a quick clamp if you have that available.
As you cut there will be waste pieces. Some scroller like to keep the waste in place until all the cuts are made. Others remove the waste as they make the cut. Here is why your choice makes a difference.

If you remove the waste from the side one cuts it affects the cuts for side two. With the waste removed and cutting side two you will have areas where you are still cutting through 1.5"'s of wood. You will also have areas where you are cutting through the voids from side one. There will be a great amount of difference in the resistance when the cut transitions from the different thicknesses. When this happens the blade will have a tendency to lurch forward in the cut. This can cause miss-cuts. It's personal choice to remove the waste or not. Just be aware of the difference.

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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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