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Video Woodworkers I Watch #4: John Heisz, Rhymes with 'Nice'

11-22-2014 07:25 PM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

I believe I first found John's channel on YouTube while looking for videos about clamps. At the time he had just made a pretty decent bar clamp and a superb hand screw clamp. His projects aren’t so much furniture as jigs, shop made tools and clever experiments involving woodworking and some metalwork. I like John’s no nonsense attitude to the grief he’s received from the YouTube trolls. He’s a fountain of information on thinking a process through and doing things i...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1448: Different Strokes for Different Folks

11-20-2014 12:30 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I had a very busy day yesterday. But it was the kind of day that was also a great deal of fun. (I have had a lot of those lately!) I spent the majority of it decorating my new SLD485 Holiday Lights Damask ornaments that I previewed to you yesterday. I had cut several sets of them because I knew I wanted to play with them and experiment with many of the wonderful finishes that I had here from DecoArt and hot fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada.  I had several ideas of how I wanted to d...

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A Tale of 3 Screwdrivers (and a Level)

11-19-2014 07:48 PM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

[Above] A long time ago I bought this Craftsman 5 in 1 screwdriver. It’s the kind where the shaft is reversible and holds a reversible screwdriver bit in each end. The shaft can also be used as a 5/16 inch nut driver. I like multi tools and this screwdriver is the one I would always grab to do general around the hose stuff. [Above] But I’m a sucker for hand tools that have a brass aspect and last year I found this true bargain. Some cable company (which I currently can...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1447: Slow and Steady

11-19-2014 11:44 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am the first to admit that I am not a fast worker. Be it painting, scroll sawing, sewing or anything else, I find that it usually takes me quite a bit longer than the average person to accomplish most things.I also admit that it used to bother me, but as I get older, it doesn't seem to do so as much anymore. As we accumulate large quantities of what we are making, adding to the pile just seems to . . . well . . . add to the pile and sometimes I feel that things lose their 'spec...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1446: New Ornaments in the Works

11-18-2014 12:43 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Today's post is going to be short (I promise!) I am busy at the drawing table creating a new pattern of ornaments for the scroll sawyers. My friend Leldon requested it and I always like to do what I can to accommodate him. He helps me so much with going over our patterns and proof reading for me. It is hard to proof read your own patterns. Especially for people like Keith and myself who crate so many of them. We try to keep a similar format to them and be consistent, but sometimes wh...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1445: "Winter is Coming"

11-17-2014 02:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I know those are not words that all of us like hearing. But long before Game of Thrones was ever thought of, Keith used to tease me because I used that phrase frequently this time of year as I purchased extra essentials and prepared for the long, cold days ahead when we may not be able to get to the store. Being prepared is important and coming from Chicago, I was no stranger to sudden snow squalls which left the area crippled for sometimes several days. Now living in rural Nova Scotia, I fee...

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Video Woodworkers I Watch #3: Dominic Bender

11-17-2014 01:15 AM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

Dominic Bender comes to us from the Bavaria area of Germany. His video posts began in English, but recently he has begun posting in English and German. I first encountered Dominic’s videos during this year’s 2×4 contest. What I like about his videos is his off the cuff attitude, humorous asides and the fact that he’s working in a basement the size of a one car garage. He approaches projects from an experimental angle. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don̵...

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Hints and Tips #2: Let Your Jigsaw Blow the Dust!

11-15-2014 10:58 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

[Above] Behold a common jigsaw. This is actually MY jigsaw. I have 3, but one was my Dad’s, one I got from a friend. None of them are the good kind with a bearing supporting the back of the blade, but that’s OK. It works. I sometimes grab it for down and dirty work. What annoyed me was the way the sawdust would always obscure any line I was trying to follow. This meant that I’d have to play the Big Bad Wolf and keep blowing the dust away from the blade. Then I got an ...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1444: I "Hatched" a New Idea!

11-15-2014 02:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It has been a couple of very exciting days for me. While some of you who read every day may have thought that I didn't post because I had nothing interesting to share, I assure you it was quite the opposite. I have so much fun news and many different and new ideas for designing and I was just so engrossed with them that I didn't take the time to post. Besides – I thought it would be better to wait until I had something to show you so you wouldn't think I had gone completely ...

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It is a bit cold here... #1: Trying to stay busy but not in the shop, brrrr!

11-14-2014 01:42 AM by patty | 7 comments »

Well the artic blast is here and yes it is cold. I don’t have power in my shop yet so I use cords n until today no heat. So I went shopping today at a couple great places for getting awesome deals. First we went to our Habitat Resale Store, omg it’s my favorite. They have so much stuff some new mostly gently used but the selection and prices are the best. Plus the money spent helps families in need get a house. So I got a couple new blades for saws and I got some hinges for ...

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