Since I was asked by a TON of people over the last few months how I go about creating a scroll saw pattern from a picture I am going to attempt to share with you all just how I go about doing so. First of all, I am using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1. I was able to get a great deal on the software (student pricing) and that is what I use for 95% of my graphic’s work. The techniques I use can pretty easily be duplicated using other graphics programs, some of them extremely inexpensive or even fre...
A while ago I was asked to make a scrollsaw portrait of Michael Jackson for a person who loved music, so I thought about the idea of using a vinyl record as the actual medium for the cutting. I had NO idea how this would work, so I first did a couple of practice pieces. First, a 1 to 1 scale cutting of an old cassette tape – kind of ironic, eh? Then I decided to do a Beatle’s cutting using the entire record (don’t worry, the label is a fake ;-) The v...
The trash man giveth and the trash man taketh away…. That would seem to sum up most of my woodworking experiences so far :) At any rate, I pulled the trigger on a new Dewalt scroll saw. I have been using a cheaper model for some time and I made do but wanted to work with something a little nicer and get those compound cuts and fretwork moving. I have been using my bench for awhile, but wanted a dedicated stand for this one. I downloaded a free plan from Wood awhile back and was going...
Quick little project and it didn’t take long. Two items I wish I would have spent a little more time planning out before committing myself to cutting action…. 1. I got in a hurry on one of the stretchers and didn’t predrill the hole. So I had a little bit of blowout when driving the screw. 2. I changed my mind on the positioning after I drill a couple holes to house the base. Ummmm, next time I should probably think about that before putting a drill in my hand. Mino...
“If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything” – Me That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn’t a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time. This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top - But I ...
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Had a discussion with a friend today about easy ways to align your scroll saw blade to the table. Surprisingly, It was a lot more difficult to explain than I thought it would be, so I figured I’d just make a quick video and show the process instead. This process is nothing new, but I’m sure there are a few out there that might not know how to do it this way so I wanted to show you as well, just in case! BobScroll Saw Forum
So after making my wooden bracelets, I decided I wanted to use the same method to make a watch. Due to the materials I had at hand, I ended up using a different method to make the watch than I did the bracelets. 1. Draw up a pattern. (I used CORELDraw to design mine) 2. Select Material – I went with 1/4” thick red oak flatstock. 3. Trace or use spray adhesive to attach pattern to blanks. 4. Drill link holes (I clamped mine between 2 1/2” pieces to make easier to...
Task at hand: Make a top for this cover using thin Luan. I thought finger joints would work to keep it sturdy, and to not require cleats on the inside. BTW, this is a cover for my CNC controller so looks is not a priority to me on this one. The top is cut to fit, but just barely oversized: Place the top under the carcase, keeping track of mating edges: Slide the carcase back: Then tilt it up so the mating edges are aligned. I used double sided tape to secure it: Take it to the...
I just completed a set of two video’s to help out the newbies to scroll sawing. The video series includes a printable “Cutting Guide” that can be used for practice cutting and covers most of the different types of cuts that will be performed on a scroll saw. Part 1 goes over the basics of pattern application, wood preparation and some insight on how to drill straight holes as well as preventing tear out during the drilling process. I recommend that everyone watch the part on preventing tea...
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