Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ball Drop Toy Scroll Saw Pattern.

You need to watch the video below to see this toy in action. Once you see it work you will want to build one. It really is a pretty cool action.

I cannot take credit for the idea of this little toy. I have seen these several times over the years and always wanted to build one. I designed the plans and put it together tonight. It takes a couple hours to build and a little more time to get it adjusted.  

The pattern for this project will give you measurements for all the parts but they may need tweaking for the material you use. This project will require some thought to build. The directions are not step by step directions. Look over the video and the pictures. Use them to help build the project using the included plans. The toy works with balance and weight. It will need adjusting to get the action right.

You will need 1/2" diameter steel balls for this project. You can get a pack of 40 for under $10 on Amazon.

Quick Tip: Is the blade centered?

This may sound obvious, but it causes more problems than you may think. 

When you install a blade in your scroll saw it is a good idea to occasionally check to make sure it is centered in the clamps. Make sure the set screw and thumb screw meet in the middle of the clamp. On some machines, the set screw will vibrate enough to unscrew itself over time. 

If they are not centered you can have more frequent broken blades. You may also notice that the blade starts bending after you unclamp it a few times. 

If the blade is extremely off centered you may also have trouble controlling the cut. This is especially true with fine fretwork. 

You will notice in the photo above that there are lock nuts on the left set screw. These are there to prevent the set screw from moving. Unfortunately, these are not on most saws.

You can also use Loctite on the set screw to keep it from moving. Make sure you do not use the Red Loctite. The Red Loctite requires heat to remove. Use the Blue Loctite. You will be able to break it free with hand tools when you need to remove the set screw.

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Products for your consideration:

Scroll Saw Pattern Design Tutorial: DVD
Let me teach you to create a beautiful wooden portrait pattern. I will show you everything you need from start to finish. The video will show you the free software program you can download for Windows or Mac OS. I will show you how to install the program and configure it for best results. 
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.
The DVD is $10 plus shipping. This is a data DVD that you will use on your computer to watch the video tutorial  

Every Scrollsaw Workshop Pattern from 2007-2017 in DVD
Purchase the entire Scrollsaw Workshop pattern catalog for offline access.

This DVD has 2,300 patterns published from 2007 thru 2017.
The DVD is $20 plus shipping. Ships to 60 countries around the world.

If you use the DVD on a Windows PC there is a simple viewer program to browse through the patterns.

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. 

Unique Wooden Vases:
Want to create beautiful wooden vases on the scroll saw?
My two "Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw" books make it easy.

The books are $12 each and available for instant download after purchase. Click for Video Demonstr