Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Candle Stand Scroll Saw Pattern.

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This candle stand will hold up to a 3.5" diameter candle. The pieces are cut from 1/4" thick wood. The construction is slot and tab. This is a pretty simple project to cut. 

If you struggle with cutting nice circles, remember that the sander is your eraser. If you cut slightly outside the line of the pattern you can sand down to the line and get a near-perfect circle. A disc sander is the easiest tool to make these corrections.

A 12" disc sander is nice to have but even the combination 6" disc/belt sanders will get the job done.


I get this question all the time:

There is seldom a day that goes by that I don't get questions about laser engravers/cutters. Most of the time the questions are about which laser to buy. Of course, that depends greatly on what you plan to do with the laser. I have considerable experience with both C02 and Diode lasers so I can at least be of some help.

I reached out to Makeblock. They manufacture and sell both C02 and Diode lasers. They recently released the xTool D1 10w diode laser. It is getting very nice reviews and I wanted to test it. 

Diode lasers are usually quite a bit less expensive than C02 lasers. They are generally less powerful and offer minimum cutting capacity. A decent C02 laser can cost thousands of dollars. I spent close to $10k on my two C02 lasers. That is going to be out of reach for most hobbyist wood crafters. I use mine for business to the cost was justified.

I wanted to review a laser that more wood crafters could afford. The xTool D1 is a promising machine because it appears to be built at a much higher quality than others on the market. It is still not cheap at $699.90 but might be a good option for those that sell at craft markets or just have the disposable income.

Makeblock has agreed to send me a unit to test. Their requirements are quite reasonable. I am not told what to say in the review or agree to anything other than the timing of the video review and I have to include purchase links. 

Laser engravers are wonderful tools when combined with the scroll saw. The scroll saw has an incredible cutting capacity and the laser adds customization that is extremely sellable. 

The photos of the box below are from a project I made for my wife. She is a huge Gone with the Wind fan. It is cut from 1/4" thick wood. A diode laser will not easily cut wood that thick but the scroll saw can. The diode laser can easily do graphic customization while you cut the box with your scroll saw.

I cut these boxes with a C02 which can cut 1/4" thick wood. 

I know some of you are not big fans of lasers. They produce things that are not hand made and that bothers some people. I understand that. You can still do the handcrafting with the scroll saw and use the laser as a supplemental tool.

Some diode lasers can cut 1/8" thick wood. I believe this xTool D1 will have that capacity so we will test it and see how it goes. 

If the deal works out look for a review within a month or sooner.

$12 per sheet of 12 coins plus $3.50 shipping
Inlay with a 1" Forstner Bit.
The perfect way to sign your work.

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