Sunday, February 10, 2019

Yarn Box Scroll Saw Pattern.

This is a pattern that I have had on my to-do list for a few years. It has been requested many times so it's about time I got it completed. I know absolutely nothing about knitting. I remember seeing my wife's grandmother knitting but that's about the extent of my knowledge. 

What I do know is that several readers have shown me yarn boxes and ask if I had a pattern for one. Now I can say yes I do. 

The yarn box needs some weight so it won't move around but I thought 3/4" thick wood looked too thick. I chose to make the box from 1/2" soft maple. The ornamental birds and the lid retainer are 1/4" thick. 

I am using hand-cut finger joints to assemble the box. I'll discuss the joints below.

This project lends itself to personalization. Cutting the owners name or personal ornamentation in place of the birds will really make it a special gift. You could also just skip the ornamentation completely if you like.

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You can cut fairly accurate finger joints with the scroll saw. When you cut the notches for the finger cut just to the outside of the line, trying to remove half of the line. 

Cut both sides of the notch but do not turn the corner. Cut to the bottom of the notch and back the blade out.

We will now make a relief cut into one of the corners. This will give us room to start the blade straight across the bottom of the notch. 

Place the blade in the corner and cut to the other line. This technique will give the nice sharp corners and a flat bottom. 

I normally cit all the notches first trying to cut each one the same way.  

Now it's time to cut the fingers. On the notch, we cut just slightly outside and on the line. For the finger, we will split the pattern line right down the middle. If you want to get a tighter fit then cut these cuts outside the line also. You may have to do some adjustment cuts if you get the fit too tight.

Using the technique above I got an accurate fit. 

When you are cutting finger joints you want the fingers to be just a bit long. You will sand the fingers flush after glue up. If the fingers are short you will have more sanding to do. You can see that one side of my fingers was a little short. It was close though. 

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