ScrollSaw Information and Resources #13: Being Productive in Scrollsaw Projects

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 09-23-2011 01:37 AM 1583 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As one can see, by all the projects I have posted lately, I am almost ready for my first craft show. However after all the cuttine of various projects I am wondering if the is a more productive method of scrollsaw cutting.

YES, I know stack is the first and only method I know about. If you are able to stack cut three projects at the same time then I think I reach a productivity breakeven popint. However it is not possible with all of the patterns I cut.

Second, the seasoned knowledge of cutting speeds the process. Being able to turn corners “in place” speeds the process greatly.

Third is the knowledge of how to cut aa pattern. What area to start on first and what cuts to make in what order.

Except for these I do not know of any methods to speed the process and thus to really make money from the scrollsaw hobby/business.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 02:50 AM

I had the same questions and feelings towards the scroll saw about 2 years ago. I figured the more products I made and the quicker I made them the more money I would make. That didn’t quite work out for me though, because people didn’t always want to buy the products that I chose to make. Instead by showing people my projects and trying to come up with my own, people would start asking me for specific products. I now make all the going away gifts for the people who leave, retire, get promoted etc. That has led to people asking me for gifts for their friends and families and so on. I now make scroll saw gifts for two local gun clubs and a local golf course has asked me to make 1st 2nd and 3rd place prizes (four of each) again this year because the custom prices went over so well the year before. I still look at it as a hobby and not a job because then I feel all the fun will be removed. From your projects I have seen you can make anything you can possibly design in your mind with the techniques you know and have learned. Give it a little time, don’t try so hard to find the people to buy them, instead show people what you can do. This has worked for me!

-- Mike, Florida,

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#2 posted 09-24-2011 02:02 PM

Jerrels is correct. Before I got into a business I really enjoyed woodworking because the was no pressure. I made what I wanted when I wanted and I was able to pick and choose what jobs I wanted to do. Now I have to take every job that comes along, even mica work ( I hate mica work ). You have to pay all your personal bills and your shop bills and the people you have working for you and you are in a different tax bracket. Wood working is more enjoyable when you do it as a hobby or a little side cash. Good luck in what ever you decide.

-- Have a great day.

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