Sunday, May 31, 2020

Large Flower Pot Stand Scroll Saw Pattern.

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This is a larger stand. It is 10" tall and 7.5" wide. There are two patterns. The first pattern is for 1/2" thick wood and the second pattern is for 3/4" thick wood. You can use almost any material to make this stand. If you want the beauty of a hardwood that works well. If you plan to paint the stand then use less expensive material. If you will only use the stand indoors you could even use MDF and paint. 

This stand will hold a pot with up to a 5" diameter foot.

The pattern has no interior cuts. There is a bit of a challenge to get the top round. If you have trouble with cutting curves don't forget that the disk sander is your, friendly correction maker. 

The pieces are all joined with slots. You want to carefully cut the slots for a good fit. It is best to undercut the slots than to overcut them and get a poor fit.

Stencil fonts and where to get them:

When we cut text into a board with the scroll saw we normally want to use stencil fonts. The two fonts in the picture above are the same font only one has been turned into a stencil font. If you look at the O's in my last name you will see the difference. 

If we cut the bottom font the center of the O will wall out. The prevent that problem we need bridges to hold the center of the O in place. You can see those bridges in the top font. 

When you wish to add a name to a project you will want to install stencil fonts on the computer. You can then use most word processing software to print out the name at the size you need. 

There are thousands of fonts on the web that you can download for free and many that you can purchase. I get my fonts from many sources but one decent source is This link will load up many stencil fonts for you. Not all stencil fonts work well on the scroll saw. Look for ones that have large enough bridges that the sections of the letters will not be too weak.

You are concerned primarily with the characters.... Q,O,P,A,D,B,6,8,9,0.  All these characters have floaters that will fall out when cut on the scroll saw.

The image below is just a few samples of the fonts I use. I can't share them because some of them are commercial fonts. I have had some of them for years and I can't remember which ones are free and which ones I purchased.

If you do a Google search for "stencil fonts", you will find other font sites but you need to be careful. Some of the sites are less than reputable. 

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Door Hook / Button Pusher Scroll Saw Pattern.

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Let me get this out of the way first. I am not a doctor or a virologist. I do not have any research that says this thing works to help prevent you from catching a virus of any kind. 

These door hook / button pushers are all over the place and I am getting requests for patterns. Just take a look at Etsy for how many of these are being sold

You can push or pull a door handle. You can use the tip to push the elevator buttons and some ATM machines. They will not work with touch screens.

As you can see in the picture above I cut them from four different materials. All four passed my limited strength test. I was able to pick up a bucket with about 5lbs in it. Obviously, the aluminum one is the least likely to break in your pocket. Cutting 1/8" thick aluminum is not too difficult with the right blade and technique.  Here is a link to Bear Woods where you can find metal cutting blades.

You can find aluminum on Amazon at this link. Amazon aluminum link. You may also have a local metal supply store. If you have it local you can probably get it cheaper.

When you cut aluminum, do not place it directly on your scroll saw table. It will scratch the table. You can stack it with 1/8" plywood and wrap it in tape. You can also just wrap the aluminum in a couple wraps of blue painters tape.

WEAR EYE PROTECTION when cutting metal. The chips that the scroll saw blade makes are very tiny. I have never seen one fly off the blade far enough to hit your eye but I don't chance it either.

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