Sunday, April 21, 2019

My Cats Make Me Happy Scroll Saw Pattern.

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Kitten graphics from Edited by Steve Good.

I was playing around with these kitten graphics I found on They needed quite a bit of editing to make them able to cut on a scroll saw. There are several small cuts in both patterns. I try to design my patterns so a 1/16" drill bit will fit in all the interior cuts. These patterns will absolutely require you to use a small drill bit. A 1/16" will work but you will have to be careful where you drill the holes.

The patterns are both 10" X 8". I would suggest 1/4" or 1/8" Baltic birch plywood.

These patterns will fit an 8" X 10" frame. Just make sure the frame is deep enough to hold the thickness of wood you use. When I plan to frame a piece I will usually cut it from 1/8" BB ply and back it with colored paper. It will take some searching to find a frame that is deep enough. You can always cut your own frames if needed.

Helpful Website for Scroll Saw Pattern Designers:

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This is just an overview and not a tutorial. You will need some prior knowledge of Inkscape to make this work.

When you need to add text to the interior of a scroll saw pattern it needs to be in a stencil format. This just means that the letters do not have any interior areas that will fall out when cut. The letter "O" is an example. If you cut the "O" without making it a stencil then the center of the "O" will fall out. See the example below. 

The website above allows you to take any font you have and make it a stencil that you can download and add to the project you are working on. The file will be downloaded as an SVG file. That format can be imported into Inkscape and edited.   

Keep in mind that the site does not convert the font. It only converts the letters you enter and exports those letter as an SVG. The site does not offer any sizing or other options so the svg is intended to be imported into a vector graphics program and edited.

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The svg that Stencilfy exports does have a bit of a bug. When you import it into Inkscape the letters that were stencilifyed are not filled and the letters that were not edited are filled. This is easily changed in Inkscape by selecting the fill and outline colors of the svg. 

Not every font will work so you will need to experiment a little.

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