Friday, August 24, 2018

Dragon Clock Scroll Saw Pattern.

This clock requires a 2 3/4" clock insert with a 2 3/8" mounting hole. The hole can be cut with your scroll saw or you can use a 2 3/8" Forstner bit. If you make lots of clocks then the Forstner bit comes in handy. They are expensive at this size though. Amazon Link for the Forstner bit.

You can get the clock inserts from Bear Woods. Here is the link to the 2 3/4" inserts.

Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts Magazine Fall Issue is Out:

This is not a paid advertisement. I just noticed that the Fall issue of Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts magazine is out. The folks over at Fox Chapel and SSW&C do a great job of bringing wonderful content to our community. Magazines are having a tough time in this internet world. If you still enjoy sitting down with a hard copy then please support the magazine that supports our community. 

You can get one year subscription(Four Issues) for $19.99. The patterns in the magazine are worth more than the subscription. Jump over there now and subscribe before you forget.

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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  

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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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1/8" Baltic Birch Plywood Round Box Scroll Saw Pattern.

This box is cut entirely from 1/8" thick Baltic birch plywood. There are a large number of interior cuts but it took me less than two hours to cut the project. I'll explain why it went so fast below.

What it the most difficult wood to cut? The answer might surprise you if you are new to the hobby. 
By far the most difficult wood to cut is thin wood. When you are cutting thin wood there is very little resistance to the blade. This makes it very easy for the blade to run away from you. It's easy to wander off the pattern line.
Above I mentioned that this pattern took me less than two hours to cut. That's because I stack cut the side wall four at a time. This reduced the number of interior cuts and made the project go faster. 

There is another benefit to stack cutting. I mentioned above that cutting thin wood can be difficult. If you stack cut more than one piece of thin wood you are no longer cutting thin wood. You will get that resistance back and the cut will be easier to control. 

Stack cutting the side walls was obvious in this pattern but you could also stack cut the other parts and make two or more boxes. 
If you are forced to cut thin wood then you want to slow the saw down quite a bit. I cut this project at 50% speed. I will also go to a much smaller blade. I used a #1 for all the parts that I did not stack cut.

Another trick I often use when cutting thin wood is to move my fingers closer to the blade. When your fingers are close to the blade and you make a turn the turn goes slower. This trick will slow you down and usually make you more accurate. With enough practice, you can learn to cut thin wood fast. The problem is that we don't often cut project from 1/8" thick wood. We just don't get much practice cutting that thin stock.

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The holidays are fast approaching. You will be making special
projects for family and friends. Some of these projects will
outlast you by many years. When your great-grandchild looks
at that project fifty years from now they will know who made it for them.