Friday, April 26, 2019

Spiral Kinetic Art Scroll Saw Pattern.

Animation if the visual effect. You're getting sleepy.....
This is the animation test I did while designing the pattern. 

Warning. The pattern has limited assembly instructions. Watch the video below for more details about assembling this piece of Kinetic Art.

This interactive kinetic art has a hypnotic visual effect when slowly turned. It works okay with the hand crank but I plan to eventually remove the crank and install a low-speed DC motor for a constant drive. I purchased this 3rpm 12v motor from Amazon for under $8. I think the speed will be just right and I can run it from a 9v battery or a 12v DC power supply.

The project is made from 1/2", 1/4" and 1/8" Baltic birch plywood. I also used 1/4" dowels and 1" dowels. 

The gears that drive the project are intentionally overkill. They add to the overall look of the art. 

If you are interested in making this project I highly recommend you watch this video. It will clear up some steps that might not be clear with the pattern alone.

DeWalt Scroll Saw Comfort Knobs:

I have received several emails lately asking about the knobs I have on the thumb screws of my scroll saws. People see them in my videos and want to know where they can buy them.

A friend of mine down in Atlanta, (Marcus Bailey) makes these Comfort Knobs. They are aluminum gnarled knobs that fit the S style of thumb screws that come with the DeWalt DW 788 scroll saw. If you look at the picture above you will see that they fit over the existing thumb screw. Notice the S Style slot.

You can also use the Comfort knobs on the Excalibur class of scroll saws but you will need to buy the S style of thumb screw also. Item 47 at that link.

They are much more comfortable than the stock thumb screw. Many folks with arthritis or other hand problems find them invaluable.

One word of caution. Do not use this knob to add more torque to the blade. If the blade is slipping you have other problems. If you over tighten the blade with this knob or any other device you will bend the blade chuck. At that point, you will need to replace the chucks. They run around $15. Item 36 at that link.

There are two sizes of knobs. Read the description on the contact card so you know what you are buying. If you have any questions give Marcus a call and he can get you what you need. 

$12 per sheet of 12 coins plus $3.50 shipping
Inlay with a 1" Forstner Bit.
The perfect way to sign your work.

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