Saturday, March 20, 2021

Hello Spring Door Wreath Scroll Saw Pattern.

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Wow! Today is the first day of spring. It has been a long winter for many of us and spring brings hope for a fresh start. I don't really mind the winter but spring always feels refreshing. 

Wooden door wreaths are still popular so I designed one to welcome spring. The pattern comes in three sizes. 8" diameter, 10.5" diameter, and 14" diameter. This gives you options for where you want to hang the wreath. The 14" pattern works best for hanging on the front door. The 10.5" wreath is still large enough to hang on the front door but won't be easily seen from the street. The 8" version is probably going to hang indoors.

As a side note. This pattern works well when cut with a laser. You, laser guys, can import my PDFs into Inkscape and edit the pattern. The PDFs I create keep the pattern pages as vectors. All you have to do is set the pattern lines to a hairline and change the color to red.

Great question from Lisa:

I received this email and wanted to share my answer to anyone else who may have similar questions.

Hello, Mr Good, I have a question it’s about the bass clock. The cutouts down toward the tale I was just wondering how a blade that small could cut through 3/4 inch wood. Any advice you have I’d sure be glad to hear it. I hope I’m not bothering you and I love your website and YouTube videos. Thanks ,,,Steven

Hi Lisa. You are no bother at all. I can talk woodworking all day. 😜 And probably will.

There is a belief in the scroll saw world that the thicker the wood the
larger the blade needs to be. That is only true for efficiency. Let me explain.

A #1 blade is very small. The teeth are very close together so it does not remove
the sawdust from the cut very fast. A #7 blade has teeth that are larger and
further apart. That helps remove the sawdust more efficiently. The more efficiently
the blade can remove the sawdust the faster it can cut.

If you want to cut fast then a larger blade is the right choice. If you need to cut very
small interior cuts then a large blade will not work. A #1 blade can easily cut 3/4" thick
wood as long as the wood is not extremely hard. The only difference is the speed that you
cut the pattern line at. With a #1 blade, you will have to go much slower but it will cut the 3/4" wood.

I don't choose blades by the thickness of the wood. I choose the blade based on the pattern.

Let me give you a caveat to what I am saying. Some scroll saws that are not well made or out of adjustment will stress small blades and break them very easily. In those cases, you just have to choose patterns that don't require very small interior cuts in the thick wood.

If you know that you will be cutting small interior cuts in thick wood then choose the wood carefully.
Hard maple would be a poor choice but walnut will cut like butter. Wood hardness is rated with the Janka scale. The higher the number the harder the wood. You can find many Janka charts online. Here is an example.
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The bass clock pattern is one from a few years ago. Today I make sure that all the interior holes can
be drilled with no smaller than a 1/16" drill bit. That means that the smallest blade you will need on one of my patterns is a #3. I did not have that rule when the bass clock was designed so a couple of the cuts
require a smaller drill bit than 1/16". I may occasionally break my rule if needed.

In the photo below the large red dot is the size of a 1/16" drill bit. The small red dot is the size of a 1/32" Drill bit. 
The green bar is the width of a #5 blade. The blue bar is the width of a #1 blade

The 1/16" bit does not perfectly fit in the interior cut on the bass pattern. It is so close that you could probably still use it and no one will notice but to be exact you would need a smaller drill it. If you use the 1/16" bit you can use a #5 blade. It will be tight but if you sharpen the tip of the blade to a point it will go in. Once you get down to the 1/32" drill bit you have to go with a #1 blade. The #5 just will not fit.

Here is a 3/4" thick piece of walnut. The blade is a #1 with a 1/32" hole.

I cut a 3/4" diameter plug with the #1 blade in a little under 45 seconds. Also, notice that the cut is
smooth and the plug is not tapered because of blade warping. The right wood and a well-adjusted saw
can do these jobs but you just have to go a little slower.

Okay, that was probably way more than you wanted to read but that is how I choose and use scroll saw blades.

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