I have posted, several times, about which direction to take in making and trying to sell scrollsaw items. Many have responded with thoughts and ideas, and a big thank you. In reality, why not do what you love the best. My purpose in scrollsaw work is just a hobby, really. Now looking at the money I made last year I am truly surprised. However when compared to the hours spend the return per hour is very low. However the satisfaction of seeing people love and want to purchased my work is rea...
This Week I show you how to make a folding out feed table for your table saw. This design was based after an article and plan found in a 2009 issue of Woodworker’s Journal Magazine. Originally the plan was designed for a Cabinet saw with a Biesemeyer Fence System, so I had to make some slight modifications for my Porter Cable Saw. In this 3 part video series I show you a step by step on building this project as well as talk about the modifications I had to make. The Article and plans ca...
Well, we went from over a foot of snow two days ago to pouring rain today. Everything is a melting mess. I suppose that is part of spring. I spent the day working on my two word art projects. After some consideration, I decided to re-cut the America! project because I just wasn’t confident about the strength of the piece. As I stated yesterday, there was one area of weakness that I missed when drawing it up on the computer and I didn’t realize it until I cut it out. The piec...
I have written, several times, about what to do next with my scrollsaw work. I have considered lots of things, toys, 3-D objects, jewelry and others. Well, for the most part, I have made a decision. The work I like best is detailed fretwork. The more detailed the better. So I have decided this will be the main focus of what I do. Why would one try yo do things that is just not part of what they wish to do. I have the choice. I am not really in this for money. Yes, if I make enough to buy s...
I am happy to say that yesterday turned out to be a very productive day. While Kieth and I both needed scroll saw time, I had plenty to do while he was cutting to keep me busy. I spent the morning working on the final touches for the article that I wrote on different methods to apply the pattern to the wood for scroll sawing (which will be featured in the May issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine) and picked my wood piece for the set of masks that I was scrolling out. I chose a ...
I had a good day yesterday. I took things slowly and the good news is that I am feeling a bit better each day. Even better is that I finished drawing up the six mask patterns for scrolling on the scroll saw and will hopefully be able to begin doing some cutting today. Sitting at the saw is not at all a strain on my back. I sit very comfortably with a nice padded stool at a good height so I won’t be hunched over or anything like that. Still, I am going to take it slowly and when my ...
this is the 4th year I have made Christmas tree ornaments, and given them to the elementry schools in my area. This year was one of the most gratifications I had ever recieved. The ladies in the School office insisted I go around to esch class and give them out. I got the idea from my younger Grand Kiids. These are about 3” – 6” tall, blanks, and ready for the kids to paint them as they want. each year the kids get more and more greatful for them and write me cards from each...
I had a nice relaxing day of cutting yesterday. Among other things, I finished cutting out the pieces to my new snowflake candle tray. Everything went well, except if I were to do it again I would make sure that I left a bit more waste area on some of the smaller snowflakes so that they would be easier to handle on the scroll saw. More than once the blade grabbed the wood and it started me when it slammed it on the table. Nothing broke however and my reaction was quick, but I am not used...
I am going to keep this short today because I have lots to do and need to get moving. I had a good day yesterday and not only did I finish the tray that I showed in yesterday’s post, but I made good headway on drawing up the pattern for the next project. I am on a roll . . . I loved the way the little dragonfly tray came out, but I also wanted to offer some suggestions to add color for those who wish. I can’t decide whether I like the colored version or the natural versio...
As the big holiday approaches us, I am finding that there are a lot of last minute things I need to do. I will certainly be busy. Yesterday, Keith and I decided to do a quick site update. I was debating on whether to do this right now or not, but Keith had finished three new wildlife plaques and we thought it would be nice to offer them as soon as possible. On top of that, we had several new customers on our mailing list and we wanted to get a newsletter to them as quickly as possible. ...
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