Thursday, November 21, 2019

Hummingbird Art Scroll Saw Pattern.

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This hummingbird art is 8" X 10". It includes an optional backer board that is painted red in the simulated image above. You could also use a solid backer board or frame the art with paper backer.

Hummingbird Facts
They are the smallest migrating bird. They don’t migrate in flocks like other species, and they typically travel alone for up to 500 miles at a time.

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backward.

Hummingbirds have no sense of smell. While they can’t sniff out feeders, they do have good color vision. Some birds like the Ruby-throated Hummingbird prefer orange or red flowers. Despite this, red dye should not be used in nectar as it could harm the birds. Instead, plant naturally red or orange flowers or use feeders that have red coloring in their structure.

The average weight of a hummingbird is less than a nickel.

Their tiny legs are only used for perching and moving sideways while perched. They can’t walk or hop.

Hummingbirds drink the nectar found in feeders by moving their tongue in and out about 13 times per second. They can consume up to double their body weight in a day.

The average number of eggs laid by female hummingbirds is only two. These eggs have been found in nests smaller than a half dollar and compare in size to a jellybean or a coffee bean. Some species, like the Black-chinned Hummingbird, make their nests with plant down, spider silk, and other natural resources that can expand as their babies grow after hatching.

A flock of hummingbirds can be referred to as a bouquet, a glittering, a hover, a shimmer, or a tune.

There are over 330 species of hummingbirds in North and South America. Common species in the U.S. include:

Rufous Hummingbird – these birds are found along the western half of the U.S. ranging from Alaska all the way south to Mexico depending on the season and their migration. Their orange color can be spotted in flowers and at backyard feeders, but only for a short time as this bird is usually on the move.

Anna’s Hummingbird – typically found along the western coast of the U.S. These birds are easy to attract to backyards with nectar or by looking in spring blossoming trees and flowers.

Calliope Hummingbird – there are bright magenta feathers on this little bird. They can be found across the western half of the U.S. into both Canada and Mexico. This is the smallest known bird in the U.S. with a weight similar to a ping pong ball.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird – found in the high mountain meadow areas, they are known for rose-magenta throats on the males.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – these green and red birds are found across the eastern half of the U.S. and ranging from Canada to Mexico during migration. This species is attracted to hummingbird feeders or tubular flowers.

Black-chinned Hummingbird – these small birds are known for their green, purple, and black colors. They often perch on bare branches as they travel along the western coast in the U.S. down to Mexico.

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Stack cutting my Personalized Christmas Ornament Patterns: You can save some time.

Many of you are cutting dozens of my Personalized Christmas Ornaments this year. It can take a lot of time to cut that many patterns even if you are a fast cutter. There are a couple of ways to speed the project up. 

You can stack cut the ornaments even if they have different names on them. We just stack cut everything except the name then separate the wood and cut the names individually. Depending on how fast you can cut this method can save as much as 50% of your time.

I am going to show you two methods. The first method will look way too complicated in these pictures. It really is not. It only takes four or five minutes to prepare the stack. If you have someone else preparing the patterns while you cut then you get good time savings.

The second method is only two pictures below but can actually be a little more difficult if the pattern starts lifting while you cut. Let's take a look.

Method 1. Indexing pins.

 I print all the ornament patterns on the same place on the sheet of paper. If you line the paper up both ornaments will be on top of one another.

 Keeping the paper lined up cut out the two ornaments leaving a little extra space.

Cut you two pieces of wood the exact same size. We are only going to stack two but you could do more. It gets a little tricky after two. 

 Get a small nail and a hammer.

Stack both patterns on top of one of the wood blanks. Make sure you keep the patterns lined up. Use the nail to make three indexing marks through each pattern and the top of the wood. You just need a dent in the wood.

 At the drill press line up both wood blanks and drill the three indexing holes at the marks you created.

 Now you have the same holes in each board.