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Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw Book

This digital download pattern book contains eight beautiful wooden vase patterns. These are easy to make and sure to be a hit with friends and family. The video below shows the technique so you can check it out before you purchase the book. The book is $12 and available as instant download after you make payment. Use the Buy Now button below to make the online purchase. If you prefer to pay with check or case just email me and I can give you the information for that payment.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jaguar Scroll Saw Pattern.

This jaguar pattern is over 14 inches tall. I simulated it here with a wood texture but this might be a good time for paint. I can't believe I'm recommending paint but this just calls out to be solid black. I have this problem covering wood with paint but when it works it's okay I guess.

 The graphic is from It is available for personal and commercial use. I only slightly modified it to make it ready to cut.  

I just answered an email from a guy who is just getting started in the hobby. He wanted to know what tools he needed to get up and making projects on his scroll saw. I know what all you tool fanatics are thinking, "That's like asking a child what he wants for Christmas.". That's exactly the way I feel. I love tools and enjoy having a complete shop. It has taken me 30 years to stock my shop and that's how most woodworkers go about it. We start out small and over time build it out.

The good news is that after the scroll saw and a drill to cut the entries holes, all the other tools fall somewhere between necessity and luxury.

Tolls like the table saw, drill press, planner and band saw all mostly fall in the wood preparation category. If you are buying ready to scroll boards then these tolls become a bit less necessary. If I were looking at building out my shop from scratch I would buy them in this order. Table saw, drill press, planner then the band saw. I could spend hours explaining my choice here but mostly that's just the frequency I use those tools.

The next set of tools would be what I will call finishing tools. The disk sander, belt sander, spindle sander are all tools I use to sand and shape projects. You could also throw in rotary type tools in this group also. This would be a tough call between the disk sander and the belt sander for which I use most. Many belt sanders also have a disk sander so that's going to kill two birds with one stone there. The spindle sander is awesome when you have curves that need to be sanded but I could get by without one if I had to. You can also install a drum sander in a drill press and get the same results.You could substitute a rotary tool for many of the spindle sander jobs. They are not too expensive so you could save some money there.

I'm sure I'm forgetting someones favorite tool but these are just what came to mind while I was answering the email. If you are just getting started don't worry if your workshop is not loaded with tools. I have seen incredibly impressive projects come out of shops with a bare bones setup. Learn to use what you have. If you enjoy having tools then slowly build out your shop.

Try to steer clear of the ultra cheap tools. I know they are tempting but the investment rarely works out. If your budget is really tight go for second hand mid range tools instead of the cheap stuff. Flea markets, auctions, yard sales, Craigs list, and ebay are all places to find tools. Just do your homework before you buy.

One more note about tools. If you are trying to sell your projects then many of the tools I listed become a necessity. They say "Time is money" and no where is that more true than in selling crafts. You absolutely have to move at a quicker pace when you are trying to maximize your profit with craft sales. A tool that may be a luxury for a hobbyist becomes a money maker for a professional.  A good example are the vases I have been making. Without good power sanding tools I could make the vase but it would easily double the time. It would only take a few sales to make the purchase of a power sander pay for it's self.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Man's Scroll Saw Initial Ring.

This pattern has a man's initial ring in sizes from 5 to 13. If you tapered the back of the ring to less than 1/4" it might pass for a woman's ring. I think it's a bit big for a woman but tastes vary.
Apply the pattern to the 1/2" thick wood blank. I used maple because it is so durable. Any wood will work fine.
Cut the ring free being careful to cut the interior on the line. You don't want to change the size too much. 
Start sanding the ring. Get in interior round and smooth. Contour the band of the ring with a gentle round-over. Take your time. The sanding is very important in this project.
Cut the initial from 1/8" Thick contrasting wood. The letters are small so take your time. You can use the edge of the blade to nibble away the hard to reach corners.  
Glue the initial to the face of the ring. I used super glue just because it dries fast and I didn't want the initial to move around. It would be difficult to clamp. Notice how the initial plate overlaps the edge of the ring. We will sand the angle flush.
In this last picture you can see how the initial plate was sanded to match the angle of the ring. I want to emphasize again that the sanding makes this project. I applied a spray acrylic but you can use your favorite finish to make it shine.
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If you would like to have all the patterns in the Scrollsaw Workshop catalog you can buy the first six years DVD and the 2013 update DVD at this link. DVD #1 is $20 and contains over 1,100 patterns. The 2013 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 178 patterns.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dirk Boelman, master scrollsaw pattern designer passes away.

I just received word that Dirk Boelman passed away unexpectedly last week . Dirk was a master pattern designer and a great friend to many in the scroll saw community. He and his wife Karen run They also ran the Midwest Trade show that so many scrollers looked forward to attending. Dirk was involved is the scroll sawing for veterans project. He impacted many lives with his pleasant smile and giving nature.

I only had the pleasure to meet Dirk and Karen once but it was an honor to shake their hand. Their contribution to our hobby is truly great. I want to send my sincere condolences to Karen and the rest of their family.

If you would like to send your condolences to Karen and her family you can visit this link. I know they would appreciate the support.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at the STAFFORD FUNERAL HOME in Richland Center. Visitation will be held on Monday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

Where can I buy boards for my scroll saw projects? Here are a few suggestions.

This word art pattern is 15 inches long and 5 inches tall.  Cut it from 3/4" wood and hang it on the wall.

Scroll Saw Ready Boards:

A question that I hear very often is " Where can I get cheap boards for scroll saw projects ?". Unfortunately there is no easy answer for that question. Lumber is expensive. Especially if you want to buy nice hardwoods.

If you have the tools available the cheapest way is to buy lumber in the rough and mill it to the thickness you need. The problem with this approach is that the tools to mill lumber are expensive. You need at a minimum a band saw with a re-saw ability of 6 inches or more. More is better. Then you need a planner that has a 12" capacity. It takes a pretty decent band saw to re-saw 12" boards so you are looking at above $1000 for that. If you go with a 6" re-saw capacity you are still looking at around $600.  You have to be pretty invested in the hobby to spend that kind of money. If you are very active with your scroll saw this is definitely the way to go for the long run. 

If you are very lucky you may find a lumber yard who will mill the boards for you but they are hard to find. They will also charge a milling fee so that's added expense. Even with the milling charge it will be cheaper than buying from Woodcraft or the big box stores.

The big box stores like Home Depot and Lowes sell a very limited supply of what they call craft boards. They usually only have Oak and Poplar. They will have 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" boards. I will sometimes buy these boards just for the convenience. I have all the tools in my shop to mill rough lumber but it's a lot of work and sometimes it's worth the extra money just to buy the boards ready to go. You often don't need a lot of wood to make a project on the scroll saw so that keeps the cost down.

The next option is to buy scroll saw ready boards online. There are a few suppliers who are very trust worthy and offer excellent boards. One such supplier is  . They have been around for quite a while and have a good reputation. They carry a nice selection of different species. The width's for the different species will vary from 6" to 12" and you can get them in 1/8" to 3/4" thicknesses. All the scroll saw ready boards they sell come in 24" lengths. A couple examples of pricing are: Walnut 1/4" thick X 8" wide X 24" long is $12. The same size Poplar board is $7.25. Of course the more exotic species can get more expensive. Wenge in the same size is $26.50. These are all fair prices considering they are ready to go. There will be shipping charges to add to the cost you have to consider.

Another source is This one is a little trickier because you have to do your research on the seller. It's really not that difficult because Ebay gives you the tools you need to check out the seller before you buy. It's a good idea to only buy a small quantity from  an Ebay seller until you become more comfortable with them. To get started just do a search for "Thin Lumber"

Just the other day I purchased some boards from an Ebay seller. I bought 10 boards of Maple. They are 1/4" thick X 24" long in widths from 7-8 inches. The cost was $27.70 + $8.62 for shipping. This is the first order I placed with this particular seller so I looked at their feed back. They have a rating of 99.2% satisfied. That's good but not great. In the last year they have had 1669 positive, 17 neutral and 9 negative feed-backs. My order is small so I'm not too concerned and I'll make my judgement after I get my boards. I purchased on July 19th and the expected arrival date is between the July 25th and Aug 4th. That's just a tad slower than my normal seller I buy from on Ebay but not terrible if they follow through.

There is good news for scroller's when it comes to buying lumber. We often only need a small amount of material to build a project. Back before I started the Scrollsaw Workshop I would build furniture in my shop. The sticker shock for buying enough lumber to build a project was just plain scary. That was one of the major reasons I started spending more time on the scroll saw. I could still get the fun of working in the shop without spending hundreds on lumber.

It might take a little effort but you can find the boards you need for your scroll saw projects. For the novice scroller with a limited set of tools, online buying is a great option. If you are more hardcore then milling your own boards is going to be the cheapest and you will have more options available to buy your lumber.    

The Scrollsaw Workshop is primarily supported by donations. If you enjoy this Blog and would like to make a donation please click this link. Your support is greatly appreciated. Make A Donation
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If you would like to have all the patterns in the Scrollsaw Workshop catalog you can buy the first six years DVD and the 2013 update DVD at this link. DVD #1 is $20 and contains over 1,100 patterns. The 2013 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 178 patterns.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What I love most about my home is who I share it with.

You will need an 8 inch wide board for this sign. I think I like this one cut from 3/4" thick wood with no backer board. It's all about the message so nothing fancy about the sign.

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If you would like to have all the patterns in the Scrollsaw Workshop catalog you can buy the first six years DVD and the 2013 update DVD at this link. DVD #1 is $20 and contains over 1,100 patterns. The 2013 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 178 patterns.

CATALOG DVD $20+ Shipping

This DVD contains all the patterns from the Scrollsaw Workshop blog from May 12, 2007 to December 2, 2012. There are 1113 pattern books many with multiple patterns. These are the patterns that are available in the free online catalog. This DVD is for those who wish to have all the patterns and don't wish to try and download hundreds of patterns. Use the DVD for club meetings, sharing with friends and customers, Archiving etc.

No returns are accepted. No refunds. Defective DVDs will be replaced. Please watch the instruction videos to understand what you will receive.

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Create a Family Heirloom. Download The Jigsaw Puzzle Template Book. Only $7.00

Create one of a kind jig saw puzzles. Imagine how thrilled they will be when you create a hand cut wooden jigsaw puzzle of their photograph. Wedding and anniversary photos, birthday or special occasion.
Watch this video demonstration to see of the templates being used to create a wedding puzzle.

You will be directed to the download page after your purchase for instant download.

This pattern book contains the following size patterns

5x5 25 piece

4x6 24 piece

5x7 35 piece

8x10 80 piece

4x6 96 piece

5x7 140 piece

8x10 320 piece

Important: On the successful payment page click the Return to Merchant button to be directed to the download page. This pattern book contains only the puzzle patterns. No pictures are included. The book is in Adobe pdf format and requires Adobe Reader to view. This is a download only. If you wish to pay by check please include an email address and I will send the file to you. I can not mail a disk or print of the book.

Stencil Printer 1.7

The Scrollsaw Workshop Stencil Printer 1.7 is my latest software for creating patterns. It will create key chain fobs, desk name plates and more. Click the image above to download the latest version. It is free to use donationware.

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1
Download the Free Scroll Saw Pattern Printer Version 1.1. Create name patterns in seconds.
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Please consider a $5 donation for The Scroll Saw Pattern Printer v1.1.

Scroll Saw Keychain Pattern Maker

Use the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker to start a small keychain business. Build yourself a nice display and make up severl keychains with common names. Sell at craft shows, on Ebay or at work. Everyone needs a keychain. Take custom orders. Heck just make them and give them away as gifts. It's all made easy with the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker. Watch the video demonstration then download the file below and get started with the fun.
The following link will start the download process. After the file download is complete just click the setup file and the program will be installed. Please consider a $5 donation for the program.

Download the Oval Keychain Pattern Maker.

Enjoy designing and printing these great personalized key chains. Give them as gifts, make them for fun or sell them at craft shows. It's easy, just watch the video demo then download and install the program. You will be designing these fun projects in minutes.
Download the Free Oval Key Chain Pattern Maker. Create Oval key chain patterns in seconds.
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T-Shirts and More.

T-Shirts and More.
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Make sure you visit my good friend Sue. She is one of the finest scroll saw pattern designers in the world today. .

Philip Lowndes Noah's Arc Pattern Available. Watch the video below.

This video is from Philip Lowndes. He is the designer of this beautiful Noah's Arc puzzle pattern. If you would like the pattern follow the link below.
Buy This Wonderful Heirloom Puzzle Pattern

Flying Dutchman. The blades recommended by Steve Good

Why do I recommend the Flying Dutchman blades? I could say they are high quality, sharp and consistent. That would be a good reason. I could say the price per blade is great and that would be an excellent reason. Those are the reasons I buy them but I recommend them because I like doing business with Mike at Mike's Workshop. When I send a reader of the Scrollsaw Workshop to Mike he takes care of them. That makes me look good and keeps my readers coming back.

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