Wednesday, May 1, 2019

12 Letter Opener Scroll Saw Patterns.




Hardwood letter openers are easy to make and you can use up scraps of wood. These are also good inexpensive items that you can take to your craft shows. There are 12 patterns and a blank included.

You do want to use a nice hardwood for these letter openers. Many of the exotics look great but that will run the cost up if you plan to sell them. Domestics species like maple, walnut, and cherry will work well also. 




You want to make the letter opener comfortable by easing over the hand grip.


The easiest way to sharpen the letter opener is with a drum sander. If you don't have a power sander then glue sandpaper to a flat board and sharpen the blade like you would a steel blade on a sharpening stone. With most hardwoods, you can get a reasonably sharp edge. 

Seyco Summer Sale!

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Hey guys, I received an email from Ray over at Seyco today. They are having a summer sale on the Seyco ST-21 scroll saw. I reviewed this saw a couple of years ago. You can see my video review below. If you are looking to upgrade from an entry-level saw this would be a good time to take a look at the Seyco ST-21.


$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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Super Duper Spy Message Decoder Scroll Saw Pattern.



This project will be much simpler if you watch the video showing how to set up the password.

Guys, remember when we were kids and every comic book tried to sell us a spy kit. They always had a message decoder. Build two of these for your grandkids and show them how we rolled as secret agents. Another possible use for this decoder would be an escape room. They are very popular right now and always looking for new tricks.

This super duper spy message encoder/decoder uses a password to set up the machine. You can choose a different password for each message or keep the same password. The video below shows how to set the password into the machine.


I used 1/8" thick Baltic birch plywood for the gears. This lets you easily stack cut the gears. In this case, you will need two sets of gears. You can stack cut six gears or if more comfortable stack cut two sets of three gears.

When labeling the gears make sure you follow the instructions in the pattern book. The two letter gears are labeled on the teeth and the number gear is labeled between the teeth.






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