Friday, March 27, 2020

God is Good Cross Scroll Saw Pattern.

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This cross pattern comes in two sizes. The small cross is about 10" tall and the larger one is 13 inches tall. I am showing the backer board painted blue in the simulated graphic. Obviously, the paint is optional.

How do you improve your skills on the scroll saw?

The obvious answer is to practice but it helps if it is thoughtful practice. What do I mean by thoughtful practice? I'm glad you asked. Thoughtful practice just means to analyze as you cut. Ask yourself when you are cutting a curve or circle are you staying on the line? If that is an area where you would like to improve then make a conscious effort to work on circles. Same with straight lines or sharp turns.

Here is an example. You are cutting a box. You come to the corner and want to make a tight turn. You overshoot the turn and round off the corner. Think about the problem and either look for a solution online or just figure out a solution on your own. Actually, it is a good idea to do both. Spend some time trying to solve the problem yourself then go look for other solutions.

In this example, one solution is to cut into the waste are and make a loop coming back to the corner to continue the cut. You then have a perfectly sharp turn. You have solved the problem and thoughtfully analyzed the problem and came up with a solution.

You may have come up with a different solution. Maybe you realized that you could just sand the rounded corner flat. That works fine but if you look you may find other solutions(like the one above) that add to your skill set.

I am not a big advocate for practice sheets but I often get asked to make one. This kind of practice can help but it gets boring fast. If you use a practice or warm-up sheet don't get married to it. Spend a few minutes then do something fun like cut a project. This is especially true for younger children. They will run screaming if all they can do it cut a practice sheet.

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The internet has many tips and suggestions videos for how to cut with the scroll saw. Like any subject some of the information is good and some of it is not so good. There are several good books on scroll saw technique. Your local library will have some or you can check out Amazon or your local book store.

I also have a small collection of videos in my Scroll Saw School section of the blog. It is not comprehensive but there is enough information there to get off to a good start.

Even if you have been scrolling for years it can be helpful to be thoughtful the next time you sit in front of your saw. After years of doing something, you can learn bad habits. You may not even realize that bad habits are there. Look over your projects do you see anything that you would like to improve. If you do then spend some time in that area.

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