Wednesday, July 4, 2018

365 24/7 MOM Scroll Saw Pattern.

Happy 4th of July to everyone in the US. As you celebrate Independence Day please be safe. Enjoy your travels, family, and friends. Throw a hamburger on the grill for me. Thanks. 

Mom's Love 365 24/7
A mothers love is 365 24/7. This scroll saw pattern represents that love.

Thumb Screw for DeWalt style scroll saws:

One very common question I receive is about blades slipping out of the clamps. I am going to especially address this to the DeWalt, Excalibur, Delta models of scroll saws that use the thumb screws pictured above. 

When a blade starts slipping out of either the upper or lower clamps it is tempting to just over tighten the thumb screw. This practice will lead to a bent clamp head and even more slipping. You will have to replace the clamp head once this happens. You only need two finger pressure to tighten the clamps if all the parts are good. 

The correct way to fix this problem is to repair or replace the thumb screws. These parts are wear items. They will not last forever. How often you have to do this depends on how you use your machine.

Repairing can be done in two ways. My recommendation is to replace the parts. Many people will use sandpaper to scratch up the surface of the tip. This does work and I have done it myself. I think this is appropriate for a temporary fix. My experience is that replacing the parts is easier and works better in the long run. You can ruin the thumb screw tip with sandpaper if you are not careful. 

One thing that many people do not know is that the tip of these thumbscrews can be removed and replaced. You can get what is called a renewal kit from Seyco for $6.30 + shipping of around $5. The kit comes with the replacement bearing for both thumbscrews and two set screws. This kit allows you to replace all four points of contact. My suggestion is that you replace all at the same time.

These replaceable bearing serve two purposes. They allow you to only replace the wear point but they also prevent what we call the hockey stick effect on scroll saw blades. As you tighten the thumb screw the bearing rotates allowing it to clamp down on the blade without applying rotating torque and bending the blade. I have seen these bearings bind up and not rotate. You can sometimes just pull them out and push them back in and they will rotate freely again. Other times they need to be replaced. Some third-party replacement thumbscrews do not have these replaceable bearings. Do not buy these. They just don't work well.

Hockey Stick Scroll Saw Blade.

Obviously, you can also replace the entire thumb screw. I only recommend this if yours is lost or otherwise damaged. The Amazon link above is a decent source for the thumb screw.  It is $15.75 plus free shipping for one thumb screw. Yes, they are expensive. The bearing in the tip makes it more difficult to produce and so it is more expensive than a common screw. The Amazon price compares with the price from DeWalt of $11.41 plus shipping of $10.99. has them for $13.01 plus $5.50 shipping.

This picture is an example of a DeWalt scroll saw clamp head that has been damaged from over tightening the thumb screw. If you look close enough you will see a small gap between the set screw and the thumbscrew. If you have this problem the blade will slip out very easily and replacing the set screws will not help. This is, unfortunately, a very common problem. The heads are spared parts and can be rodered and replaced.

Woodworker Guild of America Blogger Awards:

The voting for the WWGOA blogger awards is underway. The Scrollsaw Workshop is honored to have been selected as a finalist again this year. I am up against two of the finest woodworking content creators on the internet. Marc Spagnuolo and Jay Bates both have outstanding followings and make wonderful content.

They have me in the "Best furniture making blog" category.  No, I have no idea how I got in that category but it's just nice to be mentioned.

If you would like to vote for me just click the link. You have until July 13th, 2018 to vote.

Exciting News. We have another giveaway for this month.

Stephen over at Bear Woods recommended that we do a giveaway in conjunction with the Midwest Scroll Saw and Woodworking Trade Show. You do not have to be at the show to win.

We will have three winners.
#1 will receive a $300 gift certificate from Bear Woods sponsored by the Scrolsaw Workshop
#2 will receive a $150 gift certificate from Bear Woods sponsored by Bear Woods.
#3 will receive an incredible scrolled piece of art by Charles Dearing. This artwork will be cut live at the show. After the show, it will be packaged and sent to the winner. You will love this artwork.

The contest is open to the world. Enter once per day.
The entries will end 7/31/2018 at midnight. Winners will be drawn during the show.
We will try to stream the drawing live if we have a decent internet connection.

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Products for your consideration:

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.
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. 

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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 Demonstration.

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