Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Collapsible Basket Scroll Saw Pattern.

If you are not familiar with the collapsible scroll saw baskets let me explain. To make the bowl part of the basket the table of the saw is set to a small tilt. A continuous spiral is cut in the wood. If the angle is cut correctly the basket will open to the right depth.

The basket can be stored flat and opened for display. I included complete instruction in the pattern.

Direction makes the difference: It's difficult to visualize.

I received an email today with a question that is a difficult concept to visualize. The question is about relief cuts on the scroll saw. Here is the question.

Good morning Steve, I recently cut out the Wood Spirit pattern. The only issue came when I made the final cut for the raised face.  It came out the opposite. I made another one tilting the blade the opposite way and the same thing happened.  I assume not it is not the angle but the direction you cut?  

It is actually a combination of tilt direction and cut direction. In the pictures below I cut two circles. The table is tilted left a few degrees for both cuts. I make a counter-clockwise cut for the left circle and a clockwise cut for the right circle. 

To make things even more complicated, the direction of the table tilt reverses the relief cut. In the picture, the left counter-clockwise cut would result in the piece sinking into the wood if the table was tilted to the right. 

When the table is tilted and you make a cut you are creating a cone shape. The piece will always move toward the smaller end of the cone. The distance it moves depends on the angle and the thickness of the blade.

Because this is often a difficult process to visualize I just teach making a test cut before you start the actual relief cut. If the test cut does what you want then you are good to go. 

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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.

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.

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Products for your consideration:

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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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This DVD has 2,300 patterns published from 2007 thru 2017.
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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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The books are $12 each and available for instant download after purchase. Click for Video Demonstration.

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