Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wooden Laundry Detergent Scoop Scroll Saw Pattern.

Of the two laundry detergent scoops above which one works better? Yes, it's the plastic one. 
Which one comes free in every box of detergent? Yep, the plastic one.
Which one makes me happy? The wooden one. :) I like to make stuff. Sometimes it may not make much sense but who cares. 

The project is not always the primary reason that we spend time in the shop. Sometimes it's just for the relaxation and enjoyment of using our tools and working with our hands. That is good enough for me.

This project is easily made from scraps of leftover wood. You can tell that I just grabbed what was at the top of the scrap bin. I used three different species and whos to say that was not my intention. Okay, your right there was no pre-thought of the wood I would use. Like I said I just grabbed what was available. No one needs to know. It's our secret, right?

Magnifying light for your scroll saw:

Some scrollers like to use a magnifying lens when they are cutting scroll saw patterns. I have one on each of my saws but I only use the magnification for some patterns. I mostly use them for the light. If you are interested in trying a magnifying lens here are a few things I have learned.

These things come in a wide range of prices. You can spend between $40 to well over $100. I purchased two from Amazon that were over $100 a piece and they both were terrible. The one I purchased from Harbor Freight was $39.99 and actually works very well. 

You can get different magnification levels. I like the ones that are listed at 3 diopters. I tried a 5 diopter and it was too much magnification for me. A few of the more expensive magnification lamps have the replacable lenses so you can choose the level of magnification. These are often much more expensive.

You can get different sizes of a lens. I find that at least a 5-inch lens is best for me. You can get a round lens and rectangle lens. All of the lenses have some distortion near the edges. Some are worse than others. For the most part, this distortion is not a problem because you focus your eyes near the middle where the blade is cutting the wood. One of the magnifying lamps I purchased from Amazon had a terrible lens. It was distorted even near the middle and was unusable for me. 

You can get fluorescent light or LED light. I thought I would like the LED light better but the two I bought were not bright enough for me. I have tried the one from Seyco and it is an LED. I used it in a bright location but it seemed to be bright enough. They are all different so it's very helpful to try it out first if possible. At the very least buy it from a place with a good return policy.

The fluorescent light on my Harbor Freight model gives me plenty of light. I like the white light from LEDs but this HF fluorescent lamp is acceptable. The lens on my HF model is only fair. It has more distortion than the one I used from Seyco.

The last important feature is the lamps ability to stay in place. All of the ones I bought have been decent. The one I have that had a magnetic stand and flexible gooseneck is a bit of a pain because it tends to vibrate more than the spring counterbalanced lamps. It's also harder to get into place.

I have only tried a handful of the available lamps but from my experience, there are two that I like.
For $40 the Harbor Freight lamp is a good deal. It's not perfect but I would buy another one if I had the need.

The second one that I would recommend is the one from
It is over $100 but the lens is much better than the Harbor Freight model. I also prefer the white light from the Seyco model
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Think Safety

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