Sunday, January 31, 2021

"Thy Will Be Done" Cross Scroll Saw Pattern.


 
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This three-layer plaque is eight inches wide. I wanted to keep this a simple pattern without much ornamentation. The lettering is fairly small so just take your time with that part.

Three layers of parts.


Sizing Orphaned Scroll Saw Blades:


IMPORTANT: This is not a perfect science. This chart will just get you close. Sorting scroll saw blades are not the most important job but I thought I would see if I could make it easier. Just in case you have the urge to organize.

It is easy to end up with several scroll saw blades all mixed up of different sizes. I received an email today asking how to get them sorted back to similar sizes. I had to think about it for a while but maybe this chart will help. With a brand size chart, micrometer, and magnifying glass it would be more accurate but who wants to go to all that trouble for a few cents worth of blades? For some job, close is close enough.

I have been a scroller for so long that I can identify the standard blade sizes just by touch. Maybe I'm fooling myself but I think I would get most of them correct. I have touched scroll saw blades almost every day for thirteen years. Before that was another 15 years of casual scrolling. 

If you only use a scroll saw occasionally. If you have poor sensitivity in your fingers. If you have limited vision then it may be difficult to sort them out. 

When you print out the chart pages, be certain that the print dialog is set to "Print Actual Size". If it is set to "Print to Fit" the chart will print at the incorrect size.

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We will be checking the width of the blade. 
 
I included four charts. All size blades and just standard size blades. I also included both
charts in black and red. Some low vision folks see red better. 

 
This is the #9 blade chart. A #5 blade on the #9 chart is pretty easy to see the difference.
 
This is a photo of the #5 and #7 swapped on the chart. It gets tougher but with care, you can see the difference.

The next two photos are the correct blades on the correct chart. 
 

I don't know how useful this is but I wanted to see if I could find a solution for the reader who asked the question. If you have a better, simple solution please pass it along. 


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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Happiness is Homemade Scroll Saw Pattern


 
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Patty and I both worked a lot of hours before we retired. She was a director at a local hospital and I was an on-call tech. Because of the late hours we got in the habit of eating out a lot. After we retired we still maintained that habit until the pandemic hit. We probably ate out ten plus times a week.

For the last year, we have eaten 99% of our meals at home. We both learned a very good lesson. Fast food makes us sick. Eliminating fast food almost instantly cured problems for both of us. I won't ruin your day with the details. The two or three times we have had fast food delivered in the last year did not go well. 

Now I have to admit that I still love a good Wendy's hamburger but it needs to be a treat and not a diet.
I'm sure that some of this is just us getting older but whatever it is I like feeling better more than I like Micky D's. :)

I'm not a very good cook but I am getting better. It's difficult to call what I cook homemade but it is made at home. Our diet still has a lot of flaws with too much sugar and calories but it is improving. 

Today's pattern came out of my giving thought to how we have changed our diet. It's difficult for me to say that anything positive has come from the pandemic but the food we eat is one positive for Patty and me.

Scrollsaw Blade Numbering System?


This will not be an in-depth discussion of scroll saw blades. I just want to answer a question that I have received a few times lately. There are a lot of new scroll saw folks out there right now. They got saws for Christmas and are looking for basic information.

Scroll saw blades use a numbering system to designate the size of the blade. #2/0, #1, #3, #5, #7, #9, and #12 are the more common sizes you will see. The smaller the number the smaller the blade.

The sweet spot range for most scroll saw projects is #3, #5, and #7.  This will not be true for everyone but as a general rule, these are the blades that will cut most patterns.

Blades that have fewer teeth per inch will cut more aggressively and faster. Blades with more teeth per inch will cut more accurately and slower. 

Some people will tell you to choose a blade for a project based on how thick and dense the wood you are cutting is. It is true that the #9 blade will cut 1" thick hard maple more efficiently than a #5 blade. The problem is that you may need a #5 blade to make the cut needed by the pattern. It's always a trade-off between efficiency and accuracy. I choose my blade based on the pattern and the wood.

I'm not going to discuss the different types of blades because it gets so long that everyone stops reading or falls asleep. I'll talk about the types of blades later.

If you are just getting started in the hobby, welcome. I'm happy you found my blog. If you have questions feel free to email me. I'll be honest, I am not able to answer 100% of my email bu