Friday, May 31, 2019

X-Wing Fighter Scroll Saw Pattern.



I built this X-Wing fighter from Baltic birch plywood and dowels. I used 1/2", 1/4", and 1/8" BB ply. I used three sizes of dowel. 3/8" diameter for the engines. 1/4" and 1/8" diameter for the torpedo tubes.  

The body is 1" thick so I glued up two 1/2" pieces to get the needed thickness. 

There are a few places where you will have much better success if you use CA glue and activator. There are small parts that need to be glued together and clamping would be difficult.

R2D2 is a button plug. 

The body of the ship needs to be contoured to a nose cone. This will need power sanding to accomplish. The cockpit also needs contouring.

This is not a toy for small children. It will not handle rough play. This is a model intended to sit on a shelf. Please do not let toddlers play with this project. 



Free Online Scroll Saw Pattern Generator:


Visit the Free Online Pattern Generator.


It has been a while since I talked about this feature of the blog. I get new readers all the time so I want to pass this information along to those who may find it useful. I have a free online scroll saw pattern maker that you can use. It makes two different types of patterns. Key fobs and nameplates.(See the picture above.) 

It's easy to use but if you need help then watch the video demonstration

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Best Step Dad Plaque Scroll Saw Pattern.



Father's Day is just days away and this project is for all those bonus dads out there. It is a simple project that would probably mean a tremendous amount to that guy who stepped up to the plate and took on a tough job. 

If you have a grandchild who has a loving stepfather this may be something special you could build together. 

Bob Brokaw of the Gwinnett Woodworker Association demonstrates DeWalt DW788 Maintenance Procedures:


Bob Brokaw is one of the leading experts in the country on repairing the DeWalt DW788. He has produced a few videos showing repair techniques. This is another in that line of videos. There is updated material in this video. If you have watched his other videos you will find even more information here. Every time Bob does one of these videos he gets better at presenting the information. This is his best yet.

I realize this is just one of many scroll saws on the market but this is an important saw. The DeWalt is the most popular scroll saw ever sold for the serious hobbyist. The DeWalt has been on the market for many years. There are thousands of them in the field. If you own or are considering purchasing the DW788 then you should bookmark this video for future reference. 

The DW788 is what I consider a mid-level saw. That is not a knock on the machine but more a reflection of its price point and slightly poorer build quality of the high-end saws. As a mid-level saw it does not have much competition. The Delta 40-694 is really the only machine in the same class. 

Let me mention something that I think is important. Repairing these saws yourself is possibl