Thursday, January 31, 2019

Be Mine Heart Pendant Scroll Saw Pattern.

What better wood to make a heart pendant than a beautiful piece of Bloodwood? Valentines Day is fast approaching and I want to make sure you have something special to give to your sweetheart. This pendant is 1.5 inches. I wanted to keep it large enough that the interior cuts were not too difficult but not so big as to look bulky. 

The interior starter holes can be drilled with a 1/16" drill bit but you have to be accurate when you drill. If you have a set of micro drill bits this is a good place to use them. I made all the cuts with a Pegas #1 Modified Geometry blade.

You can cut this from any nice hardwood you have available and it will look fine. If you want to make it from bloodwood and give it just a little extra touch then here is a link on Amazon for a small piece of bloodwood. Don't let the sticker shock knock you over. Bloodwood is not cheap. The good news is that you can make a whole bag full of these pendants with the one board.

It is important that you contour the edges of the heart well. 1/4" thick is pretty thick for a pendant and we can make it look softer and thinner by contouring the edges. I used a drum sander but with a little extra effort, you can hand sand the contours.

Make sure you buy jump rings that are large enough for this pendant. The ones I used are about 3/8".

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While I am talking about drum sanders let me show you the ones I use. These Flex drum sanders are used by most intarsia artists for contouring their work. If you know the name Judy Gale Roberts you know she is a world-renown intarsia artist and instructor. She uses these Flex drum sanders and has them in her classroom. That's all I needed to hear to place an order. They work great.

What makes these Flex Drum Sanders special? The inner tube pad is a soft foam like material. This allows the drum to conform to the shape of the piece you are sanding. You are able to get very smooth contours and still remove lot's of material when needed. 

I have mine installed on a variable speed bench grinder. I use this drum sander for several different sanding jobs. Sad to say I even sharpen my pencils on it. That I don't recommend but I do recommend these Flex Drum Sanders.  I know this sounds like an ad but it's not. I bought this tool and I do not get a kickback if you place an order.

I do know Judy and Stephen and highly recommend their site to purchase any intarsia products you may need. If you are not familiar with the art on intarsia then do yourself a favor and click this link now to see just a few of the beautiful pieces of art they produce. 

If you have any questions about these Flex Drum Sanders give them a call. 1-800-316-9010. Tell them Steve sent you. It won't get you anything but I like it when people drop my name. It makes me feel special. :)

This picture shows the cuts required for this pendant. These small cuts are not as difficult as some of you may be fearing. There is one technique that will help you immensely with this project. Watch this video of what I call the most important scroll saw technique. This technique will be especially handy for this project.

Sometime next week I will change the shipping cost to reflect the post office price hike. shipping will go to $4. Sorry but the USPS needs the money. :)

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This does not replace the DVD. It will still be available. You can order the DVD below.

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Remember. You do not need to buy this USB catalog to have access to my patterns. These are the same patterns that are in my free online catalog. This USB catalog is for those who wish to have a backup of my catalog for offline use. If this blog ever shuts down you will have the patterns. You can use the USB catalog at club meetings or on vacation when the internet is not available. 

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

3D Puzzle Block Scroll Saw Pattern.

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This is a challenging project to cut but if you take your time it makes a neat novelty puzzle. The challenge for newer scrollers will be to keep the blade 90 degrees as you make the cuts in the thick wood.

It is common for new scrollers to have a tough time cutting thick wood. They will push the blade too hard and warp the cut. This is a project where that error will make the pieces not slide apart. 

To avoid this problem here are a few tips. Let the blade have time to make the cut. Don't push the cut. Don't apply side pressure to the blade. Keep a light grip on the wood blank. Make sure the blade tension is high enough. Many new scrollers under tension the blade. That won't work for this project.

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Notice that some of the center tabs will be cut away. This is normal. 

This puzzle will not hold up to rough handling. It is not suited for children. It is more of a novelty cut than a child's toy. The interior tabs are where the puzzle is weakest. If you don't get an accurate cut
these tabs may become too small and break easily.  

The puzzle makes 12 pieces. If you can cut this project in a hardwood it will last longer but it will be more difficult to keep the 90-degree cuts accurate.

If you are not familiar with compound cutting on the scroll saw, here is how you apply the pattern. The black dot is the spot to drill the entry hole. Cut one side then flip the piece and cut the second side.

I like to use a compound cut jig to hold everything together as I cut. For this pattern, it is essential to use a jig or a clamp.

Interior Veining:

I had a question today that made me think I should do a post to explain this technique.  When you look at a scroll saw pattern you will sometimes see fine black pattern lines that end inside the pattern without cutting anything out. In scroll saw speak this is called veining. I am often asked if these are drawn on the wood after the pattern is cut. No. the veins are cut with the blade. You cut to the end of the vein then back the blade out. These veins are intended to add detail to the finished project.

Most of the time these veins will start on the edge of the pattern and end inside the pattern. Occasionally you will see what are called interior veins. Interior veins start inside the pattern and end inside the pattern. These interior veins need a starter hole drilled to insert the blade.

The question today was"How do I hide the starter hole?"

That is the question I will answer here.

The image aboce shows an interior vein. We need to drill a hole at the beginning of the vein so we can insert the blade.

Most drills and drill presses can handel a 1/16" drill bit. These bits are pretty small and we can use them with okay results but not great results.

This is the size of the entry hole compared to the vein we need to cut. As you can probably guess this hole is going to stand out in the final project. It might be okay but we need better.

There are drill bits called micro drill bits. They are very tiny bits and require a special drill chuck to hold them. They are fractions of a millimeter for some of the smallest ones.  

The hole made by this micro bit is smaller and easier to hide.