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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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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cowboy Welcome Sign Scroll Saw Pattern.

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Cowboy welcome home sign cut from 1/2" wood and painted black.

I Love Your Dimples:

I get emails all the time asking what blades I use. I answer Flying Dutchman brand from Mike over at www.mikesworkshop.com. Most long time scrollers will have their favorite blades. Some will have multiple brands with certain blades from each brand and others are brand loyal. I am the brand loyal guy. I have used just about every blade out there but I always end up back to my Flying Dutchman blades. It's just a preference. I won't get into debates over which blades are best. My opinion is obvious but use what works for you.

If you do try the Flying Dutchman blades I have a recommendation.  I have always been a fan of the Scroll Reverse model for the splinter free finish on the backside of the cut. A while back when I was talking with Mike he suggested the newer Ultra Reverse blades. Mike never steers me wrong so I bought a bunch of different sizes.

The big feature of the blade besides the reverse tooth pattern and the hardened steel was the dimple. The dimple serves a very simple purpose. It lets you instantly know which end of the blade goes up. At first I thought it was more of a gimmick than a true feature. Boy was I wrong. That dimple comes in super handy especially on the smaller blades. Even after 30 plus years of scrolling I would still occasionally install a blade upside down. My fingers are callused and feeling the small tooth pattern was not that easy. Now I never even have to think about it. Grab the blade by the dimple and install it. As I get older the simple things seem to make more of a difference to me. I love that dimple.

    
Flying Dutchman Brand Ultra Reverse Blade with Dimple.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Monogram Maker for your scroll saw projects.

Here is a link to a website that has a monogram maker that I think you might find useful for your scroll saw projects. These can be saved to your computer and printed as a pattern. The image above is an example of the one I think is useful. Watch the video and see if this is something you could use in your projects.

This website is a commercial site that sells merchandise with your monogram. They will ask for your email address. The video shows a solution if you don't wish to enter your email address. I have no first hand knowledge of the site so I am not in any way recommending their products. It does look like a nice site with interesting products. 
  
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Wooden Rose Pendant with Polymer Clay Inlay. Experimenting with the Microwave.

This is a pattern of a pendant with a polymer clay inlay. Normally polymer clay is baked in the oven. I wanted to experiment with the microwave.  This is not a recommended technique so if you feel more comfortable use the oven. The oven works fine but I just wanted to try something different. They use to say not to let the clay burn or touch utensils that you will use for food because the clay contained some toxic materials. I have been informed that modern polymer clay no longer has this issue but I think I would still stick to paper plates for the microwave.  
I prepared the pattern and wood blanks. Use 1/8" thick contrasting woods for best effect. I will use red and green for the inlay.
Drill the interior holes.
Cut the pieces at the scroll saw and sand the fuzzues off.
Knead your green clay and insert it into the stem cutout. Remember to overfill the cutout.
Here I'm experimenting with the microwave. I zapped it for 15 seconds at a time. I ended up with a total of 45 seconds but it was just starting to smoke so I think I could have stopped a few seconds earlier. Microwaves vary so experiment on test clay before you zap you project.
The clay will continue to harden as it cools.
I'm ready to start sanding.
Use whatever sanding tools you have available. I'm using an air filled drum sander because it's pretty gentle. Don't get aggressive but sand it nice and flush front and back. 
Take you time and switch to hand sanding towards the end if you feel it will work better.
If a pieces does come loose don't panic. I have only had that happen once and it was easy to super glue back in place.
When you are finished sanding it should look like this.
I'm using a two part super glue because it's fast.
I apply the super glue to the back of the inlay. This will secure the pieces in place. Actually they are generally pretty secure on their own but the super glue is a good idea anyway.
After the pieces are glued together you can drill the 1/8" hole for the ring. Apply the finish of your choice. I used spray acrylic. Insert the metal ring in the hole and attache the chain.

For this project the microwave experiment worked out just fine. I think that the small amount of clay used in this project was a factor in the success. I am not sure if a larger amount of clay will harden well in the microwave. I might give it a try and see what happens unless my wife catches me using her microwave.  :)
   
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Welcome Race Fans Scroll Saw Pattern.

A sign pattern for those of you who enjoy the sport of auto racing. 

Here is a pdf you may find interesting. The file shows the state trees for every state in the US

 
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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 vectorportal.com. It is available for personal and commercial use. I only slightly modified it to make it ready to cut.  

Tools:
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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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.
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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.
Download Version 1.1
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.
Download Version .9a
Please consider a $5 donation for The Oval Key Chain Pattern Maker.

T-Shirts and More.

T-Shirts and More.
Show your love for the hobby and support the Scrollsaw Workshop. Safe and secure order fullfilled by CafePress. Take a look. You are sure to find something you like. CLICK THE IMAGE to visit the store.

The Lifter

Sheila Landry Designs

Sue Mey Scroll saw artist

Sue Mey Scroll saw artist
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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