Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cat Treat Box Scroll Saw Pattern.





Dog and Cat themed patterns are among the most popular patterns I have in the catalog. That's understandable because we love our pets. I try to keep the number of dog and cat patterns equal. Right not I have around 52 dog-themed patterns and 48 cat-themed patterns. Time for a new cat pattern.

This cat treat box is large enough to hold several cat treats. It is 1.5" deep. It is approximately 8" X 6". 

If you don't plan to use it as a treat box just don't cut the letters. Then you just have a nice cat-themed box for the cat person in your life.



The lid is held in place by a lid retainer glued to the bottom of the lid. It takes some careful alignment of this retainer so the lid fits the box correctly. When the glue is still tacking up you can install the lid and make minor adjustments.


The box walls are 1.5" deep. If you do not have a board that thick you will need to glue up two 3/4" boards. 

You can go about this in two ways. Glue the two boards together and then cut the walls. That will give you a perfect fit but some people have trouble cutting a thick board.

The second option is to cut the two haves of the wall separately then glue them together. That requires much better accuracy of the cut but it will be easier. You will have sanding after the glue-up to get the walls flush. I normally glue the boards up first but for this project, I wanted to test the second method.

I was able to cut the two halves, glue them together and sand the walls flush. They are not perfect but they are close. It's hand made.

By far the most common problem I hear about when cutting thick boards is warped sides. The blade will flex and bow as you cut. This causes the thick walls to be misshaped.

Some of this is normal but you want to minimize it as much as possible. There are four things you can do to help this problem.

1. Always use a new blade to cut a thick board. Go with at least a #5. 

2. Make sure the tension of the blade is correct. Loose tension is really bad when
cutting thick boards. It needs to be tensioned a bit higher than you may be used to. 

3. As you cut a thick board pay attention to how you are pushing the wood into the blade. Apply as little side pressure to the blade as possible. If you notice that the blade is starting to deflect, relax your grip and let the blade recenter. 

4. Choose a species of wood that is easy to cut. Trying to cut 1.5" Australian Buloke(Hardest wood in the world) with a Janka hardness of 5,060lbf is asking for headaches. Cherry with is Janka hardness of 950 is a much better choice. 

If you are curious:

The Janka scale is used to determine the relative hardness of particular domestic or exotic wood species. The Janka test measures the amount of force required to embed a 0.444" steel ball into the wood to half of its diameter. Woods with a higher rating are harder than woods with a lower rating.  




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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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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mount Rushmore Scroll Saw Pattern.


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This portrait pattern of Mount Rushmore is 16" wide and 10" tall. 

I don't know how successful this portrait pattern is. I had a goal of making a large portrait pattern and minimizing the interior cuts to make it a beginner level pattern. To do that I kept the detail to a minimum. It's okay but this portrait screams for tons of detail. I'll let you decide. I just wanted to give a new scroller a chance to do a large portrait and not be too intimidated. 

Portrait style patterns for the novice:
This style of pattern is normally called a portrait style pattern. That does not mean the pattern has to be a portrait of a person. It can be anything from a landscape to a car or person. 

Traditionally portrait style patterns are cut using a spiral blade. Spirals are especially useful for large portraits because you don't have to turn the wood blank.

For a portrait pattern this large you will want to top feed the blade. That just means that you remove the blade from the bottom clamp, raise the top arm and push the blade down through the next interior hole. It is very difficult to bottom feed a project this large.

Most portrait style patterns are cut from Baltic birch plywood. That is not a hard rule but the BB ply is very strong and much more difficult to break away a piece. 

To display a portrait pattern a backer board is often used. It is painted a color or a colored material like felt is used. Black is the most common but any color can be used.

The project can be framed under glass or left unframed. This portrait is not standard frame size. If you want to use an off the shelf frame just center the pattern on the size of board you plan to use or build a custom frame.

If you are interested in cutting this style of pattern and want a book to get you started I can suggest this book by Charles Dearing. The patterns are mostly novice level and he has a getting started sections to give you the information needed for success.

Charles is a master portrait pattern designer. He has been cutting and designing this style of pattern for many years. You can see some of his completed pieces at this link. Many of them are simply masterworks.


Bear Woods also sells some of Charles's patterns. 

Creative Crafter, Elysia English with a cool scroll saw project:


I spend way too much time on YouTube but I find so many talented crafters I just can't help myself. I came across this very cool project video by Elysia English. I love the look of this art piece. I like the rustic looking wood. Her technique for painting the plaid background works well. The scale of the piece is wonderful and the way she uses her template to cut this oversize project is somewhat unique.

This technique could be effectively used for all kind of beautiful art. I would absolutely give these a try at a craft show. I may be wrong but I think with some creative thinking you could feature these and make decent money from this art.

To speed the process up you could use wallpaper on the backer board. Depending on the theme of the art you could cut out magazine pictures and add a collage to the backer board. All kinds of ideas could come to mind. Her plaid paint effect is great though.

For transferring the pattern to the wood I would just print out the silhouette on multiple sheets of paper using the poster print feature of Adobe Acrobat DC. Tape the pattern together and use graphite paper to get the lines on the boards. This technique does not allow you to glue the pattern to the wood so transferring is necessary.

When you finish watching her video please click the like button and leave her a nice comment.

Thank you Elysia.

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Products for your consideration:


Every Scrollsaw Workshop Pattern from 2007-2018 in DVD


Purchase the entire Scrollsaw Workshop pattern catalog for offline access.

This DVD has over 2,600 patterns published from 2007 thru 2018.
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.

Now Available on USB Thumb Drive

Don't have a DVD drive on your new computer. No problem. Buy the catalog on a USB thumb drive.
All the same file but on an easy to use a thumb drive. The USB thumb drive option is $23 plus shipping.


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 shippingThis is a data DVD that you will use on your computer to watch the video tutorial  


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.


The Scrollsaw Workshop is primarily supported by donations. If you enjoy this Blog and would like to make a donation please click this Button. Your support is greatly appreciated. 
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Monday, July 29, 2019

Tea Light Candle Holder Scroll Saw Pattern.




Caution: Real candles should be used under constant supervision. Battery-powered flameless tea light candles are available and should be used under non-supervised use.

This tea light candle holder can be cut in just a short session at the saw. It is cut entirely from 1/4" wood. I used one species but you could mix two species for added interest.

There are only four pieces to cut. Even though there are only a few cuts this is still a challenging project. You have five circles to cut. They need to be accurate. Flaws in the circles will be easily noticed. Sand any imperfections if necessary. They don't have to be perfect but they cannot be sloppy.

The slots also need to be cut accurately for a good fit. Check the thickness of your wood. Just because it says it is 1/4" thick does not mean it actually is. Compare the wood thickness to the slot pattern before you start the cut.

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If you want to make a nice gift you can include scented tea light candles. Rose, Lavender, Vanilla, and Lemon. 48 pack for $15.39 currently on Amazon


If you only glue the two parts of the top together you can break it down for storage. If that is your plan then cut accurately for a snug fit. Remember that the finish you put on the project will add some thickness. 

If you make it as a breakdown unit always blow out the candles before you pick the holder up. 




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