Monday, November 5, 2018

Gather together and give Thanks Scroll Saw Pattern.

13.5" X 8.5" Thanksgiving Art

We are getting closer to the holidays. Thanksgiving is a little over two weeks away. This is an exciting time of year for crafters. This is the time of the year that we most often get to share our work. 

Giving someone a gift that we take time to craft with our hands is very rewarding. It says that we appreciate the person receiving the gift enough to take the time and effort to do something special for them. 

I encourage you to make a list of people who you would like to give a gift of your talent. Most people will understand just how thoughtful the gift is and reward you with a smile. Those smiles are just about the best payment you can get for your time.  

Easy DIY Motorized Drill Press Table Lift:

The title says it all. I broke the hand crank off of my drill press and needed to fix it. I ordered a new hand crank but in the meantime, I thought I would work on a motorized drill press table lift.

I kept is just about as simple as a motorized table lift can get but it work great. Watch the video to see how I did it. 

Who turns down free money? Simply Wooden Creations Scroll Saw Challenge Extended until November 16th. 

Come on, folks. Enter this contest and win a nice prize. The contest has been extended until November 16th because of the low turnout. 

There are nearly $400 in prizes up for grabs. The rules for entry are simple. 
Take three photos. 
One photo of you working on a scroll saw project. No theme. Enter anything you like.  
Take two photos of the completed project.
Send the photos to
In the subject type "2018 Scroll Saw Challenge"

Let me stand up on my soapbox for just a minute. The hobby of scroll sawing is a niche. Our numbers are low compared to some other wood crafting hobbies. We have lost many of our yearly get-togethers. We have lost publications that cover the hobby and it's difficult to get manufacturers to want to build and sell products we need/want.

These truths are probably not going to turn around. Young people looking for hobbies today have so many choices. There are new maker hobbies that include 3D printing, CNC and laser machines that are taking many of our future scrollers in other directions. Just visit any of the maker spaces that are springing up around the country for proof. Very few of them have scroll saws. They all have 3d printers. 

I totally understand this trend. New things are cool. I like cool also.

What I would like to see are the folks who are passionate about our scroll saw hobby help it be the best it can be. This includes supporting the companies who support our hobby. It includes supporting people who are trying to make the hobby a better community.

Russ, over at Simply Wooden Creations is one of those people who is trying to add to the hobby. He puts in many hours a week to add content to our community. Almost everything he does is free. He is passionate about the hobby and just wants to make it better and have a little fun along the way.

I would like to ask that you consider supporting Russ and if possible enter the contest. There is no obligation and your information will not be used for anything other than to select and contact the winner. 

When you win the $100 gift certificate or the $50 gift certificate or one of the four $25 gift certificates or other great prizes available in the contest you can know that you helped support the hobby.  Now go to your shop and take three pictures.  

Bear Woods Sponsored Giveaway:

The 1st Winner will receive a $100 Bear Woods gift certificate.
The 2nd winner will receive a completed Charles Dearing artwork

$12 per sheet of 12 coins plus $3.50 shipping
Inlay with a 1" Forstner Bit.
The perfect way to sign your work.

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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 Demonstration.

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Brother Compact Monochrome Laser Printer, HL-L2350DW, Wireless Printing, Duplex Two-Sided Printing, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled  $99.98

This is the printer I use for printing all my scroll saw patterns. 99% of the time I do not need color. It is just a waste of money so I use this to print most of the stuff I print. I get over 2,000 prints on a cartridge which lasts me most of the year. I print a lot testing my patterns. If I did that on an inkjet printer I would go broke. I do have a nice color inkjet printer also for when I need it but for me, the Monochrome laser printer is the way to go.

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Layered Candle Christmas Ornament Scroll Saw Pattern.

This layered candle Christmas ornament is only three inches wide and five inches tall. It is a little delicate so be gentle. This is a perfect pattern for stack cutting. All three layers are 1/8" thick. You can easily stack cut four at a time. 

I received an email the other day asking what finish I use on Baltic birch plywood. This is just my opinion but I have decided that for most projects made from BB ply no finish is necessary. Just about everything I have used yellows the ply in a way I don't find pleasing. 

Baltic birch plywood has a nice white color after it is sanded. I am fine with that just the way it is. 
Let me know if you have a finish that you like when using Baltic birch plywood. 

Rip curring on the scroll saw with a fence:

 This is a test to answer a question I received from a reader. I would not use a fence to make a straight cut on the scroll saw. With some practice, you can make a very straight cut free hand. 

The questions came from Richard. He wanted to know why he could not get a straight cut when he clamped a fence to his scroll saw. 

The answer has to do with the way scroll saw blades are made. Most scroll saw blades have a burr on the trailing edge of the blade left over from manufacturing. This burr causes a drift. You have probably noticed that you are pushing the wood at a slight angle when you cut. You are compensating for this drift.
 There is a way to get fairly straight cuts with a fence on the scroll saw. Use a spiral blade. They don't have the drift that flat blades do. In the picture above I cut both strips with a spiral blade and got good results.
I measured the cut with the spiral blade and the flat blade in the picture above. You can see that the spiral blade was off by .005 of an inch. The flat blade was off by .06 of an inch. That is a significant difference. You can even see with your eye that the flat blade was not a straight cut. The flat blade pulled to the right during the cut.

I'm sure someone will ask so I will describe it here. The fence I used the test above uses Magswitchs. 
These are powerful switches that are activated when the knob is turned. In other words, you can turn the magnet on and off. These are great for jigs. One Magswitch has 95lb of magnetic force. 

In the fence above I just set the magnets on the plywood fence. It would be better to cut a hole in the plywood for each magnet. That is what I do for more permanent jigs. This was just a quick setup for this test. 

Bear Woods Sponsored Giveaway:

The 1st Winner will receive a $100 Bear Woods gift certificate.
The 2nd winner will receive a completed Charles Dearing artwork.