Sunday, July 28, 2019

My Most Important Scroll Saw Accessory Pattern.

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This is difficult to talk about but I have a drinking problem. No, I'm not a boozer. My problem is that I cannot go into my shop without Diet Coke. Diet Coke makes me happy. I like to be happy. Yes, I am addicted. I need the burn. I also need something to keep my drink close to me without sitting it on a machine. I do consider this my most important scroll saw accessory. If you have a drinking problem you may want to make one of these holders for yourself.

This holder uses three 1/2" diameter neodymium magnets to attach it to the leg of my scroll saw stand. The three magnets are plenty strong enough to hold a large bottle of Diet Coke. The magnets are recessed and epoxied for strength. No clamps or screws are necessary and I can move it to another saw easily. You can find the magnets at Home Depot or Amazon

Attached to my scroll saw stand leg.

When I first bought my 3D printer I designed and printed a magnetic can/bottle holder for my scroll saw. A reader saw it in one of my videos and ask if I could make a pattern for one made from wood. 

All the parts.

3D printer version. The wood version is more secure with 3 magnets instead of two. The wood version is also taller.

Fatigue Causes Mistakes: 

Cutting on the scroll saw should be relaxing and fun. Because I am always in a hurry to get a project completed for the blog deadline, I often cut for multi hour-long stretches. If I try to do that without taking breaks I will make mistakes.

I get so involved in the project that I can't feel time passing until the pain starts. By that time it's too late. Once the back pain starts I have a tough time getting it to stop. 

The solution for me is to take regular breaks. I have found through trial and error that I can cut for about 45 minutes before I start to get restless. Anything longer than that often causes me to cut poorly or have pain.

If I get up and stretch and walk for five minutes I can cut some more. After two or three of these 45-minute sessions I need even more breaks.   

I always have my iPhone with me. I simply ask Siri to set a 45-minute timer. Watching the clock does not work for me. I forget to look. The timer reminds me when the time is up. Android phones have the same feature.

If you do not carry a smartphone then an inexpensive count-down timer works fine. Here is a two-pack of timers for under $9. 

The amount of time that someone can cut without trouble varies depending on that person. Thirty minutes is a good starting point. Set your timer and see how it goes.

I know full-time scrollers who cut six-plus hours a day five days a week. God bless them but my body would go on strike after a couple of days. Three or four hours is about my limit at this point in my life. There are rare days when I cut more than that but I need lots of breaks.

Don't let the scroll saw become the start of chronic pain or discomfort. Take breaks. Do some stretches or walk for a few minutes. When you feel tired give it a break and come back tomorrow.

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Inlay with a 1" Forstner Bit.
The perfect way to sign your work.

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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.
The DVD is $10 plus shippingThis is a data DVD that you will use on your computer to watch the video tutorial  

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This checker makes it easy to sort them out.

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