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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #315: Two Short Videos for You

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1219 days ago 4120 reads 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I actually was able to shoot a couple of short videos for you yesterday. I find that I feel much more at ease behind my keyboard writing than I do in front of the camera. I suppose that is natural, and I am sure with practice I will get better at it.

These are both showing some of the highlights of the new saw. The first one shows the general set up and highlights the tensioning of the saw. I want to stress the point that the knob on the back end of the saw is used to raise and lower the arm. In essence, it sets the distance between the upper and lower arm of the saw. Initially, this may need to be adjusted slightly to fit your blade in properly, but doing so too much will pull the arms out of parallel and cause poor blade fit. Once this is done in the beginning, there is little need to mess with it in the future.

Here is the first video regarding the basic blade installation and setting the tension:

The next video that I did was of me doing some basic cutting on the saw. I hope that it will give you the sense of how much time it takes to change the blade from hole to hole and also shows you the general smoothness of the cutting.

I am cutting two layers double stacked of quarter inch oak and I am using the size 2 reverse-tooth Olson scroll saw blade. (For those of you who I met in New York and gave blade samples to, I would love to hear from you as to how you liked working with them.)

In doing my project, I found the saw to be solid and smooth. It is much quieter than my DeWalt, and I found it very easy to follow my lines.

As far as vibration goes, due to the place where I have it, there is certainly some. I don’t however, believe that this is because of the saw. When we had it on the stand on the concrete floor at the show the vibration was nearly non-existent. I am sure that being on the stand is optimal, but even where it is the vibration is so little that I feel it is inconsequential.

Not only am I excited about the saw, but I also am getting quite excited about the new patterns I created for my submission to the magazine. I am finishing the project up today, as all the cutting is done and now I only have some shaping and assembly work to do, and then on to the next thing.

It is a pleasure to have such a wonderful work environment. Although my space is limited, I have excellent equipment and also a wonderful group of friends and advisers (you all!) who help make every day fun. Not to mention the board of directors (the cats!)

I hope you enjoy the short videos. They are not fancy or funny like Steve, but I do hope that they clarify things a little for you and give you a little bit more information. As always, critiques are welcome.

I wish you all a wonderful Wednesday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 1219 days ago

don´t worry not being Steve , Mads or H.C.Andersen … :-)
you do it great with the vidio´s
from the vidio that is placed right after your first I got he empression of how queit the maschine can bee
when its bolted to a stand and the floor
do you ever use the variable speedcontroll … just curius , since I found it could be great to have
in thicker materiel… well what do I know I don´t have one except the tinyest on the market
hardly able to cut the thinnest plywood … LOL

have a great day
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1219 days ago

Hi, Dennis:
Sure, I use the variable speed all the time! I constantly adjust my speed to the material I am cutting. I found that it isn’t really necessary to cut faster through thicker material – sometimes it is best to go slowly. Faster can build up a lot of friction and depending on which type of wood you use, density, blade size, thickness, etc. you need to adjust your speed accordingly. Usually you will figure out what is successful for your purpose over time. I talked about this in my classes and I tend to cast on to the design from a place that gives me a little time to adjust my speed to be optimal for that wood. (I see more videos are necessary for me to explain this better!)

I will do my best to do small videos such as this to show these finer points regarding cutting, blade choice and so forth. I hope this intrigues you and you decide to give scrolling a try! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 1219 days ago

Hi Sheila;

These are very good videos. You certainly look comfortable using the saw already, as following your cut lines seems very simple for you. Kind of makes me want to dust off my scroll saw.

Nice job.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 1219 days ago

Dust it off! Dust it off! :D

It is lots of fun and a great way to be creative!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Alan S

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#5 posted 1219 days ago

Wonderful videos and great work all around! I’ve had my eye on these excalibur saws for a while. Just about everyone who scroll saws has the dewalt, so I’ve never seen the excalibur in action up close. It looks like a very fine piece of equipment! Thanks for the videos!

Alan

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patron

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#6 posted 1219 days ago

great to see how the pros do it
and knowing it’s not as scary as in ones mind

i did ask you once about the foot hold down
and i see you don’t use it

maybe you could talk about that
and blade selection and speeds
for all to understand

when hollywood calls
insist on a jet come get you
don’t drive to them

you are a star

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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William

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#7 posted 1219 days ago

Thanks for the videos. This is the first time I’ve ever been able to actually see an Ex in action.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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huntter2022

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#8 posted 1219 days ago

Shelia , You did a great job on the video and explanning things . I did notice the chick and bunny on the side of the saw (Easter decorations ) NIce I see that you un – hook from the top and thread the blade through piece . have you tried leaving the blade in the top lift the arm and feed the blade that way . It just seems faster for me that way

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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SplashMaster

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#9 posted 1219 days ago

Hi Sheila,
These are some great videos I have just recently started using a scroll saw and well it hasn’t taken me long to find out I need something different than a factory blade lol do you have any suggestions? and thanks for sharing the blade installation tips
kindly,
-Matt

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 1219 days ago

Hi, Huntter:
You win the prize for being the first to notice the Chick and Bunny decorations! LOL I was wondering how long it would take for someone to notice. I thought that I would add a little decoration to the saw to make it look “friendlier” and less intimidating to everyone. It is part of my own personal “Scroll sawing is FUN!” campaign that I am running! Congratulations! :D

And Matt: I am a true advocate of Olson brand scroll saw blades. I use the regular reverse tooth blades most often, and the most common sizes I use are 2/0 reverse, 2 reverse and 5 reverse. These three sizes fill most of my needs for the type of work I do. Keith also likes their spiral blades. For larger sizes, their PGT blades are excellent also.

If you want a nice PDF copy of a blade chart from Olson, you (and anyone else) can PM me with your email and I will send you one. I don’t spam people so your address will be safe with me. I think it is a valuable tool for anyone who has a scroll saw. Just let me know and I will shoot one over to you.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 1218 days ago

I have done a little years ago …..with the fretsaw … LOL
and I have the tyniest scrollsaw you can imaging it can only take balsa and max 1/4 ply :-(
but thats okay since it was bought to be used when I builded R/c planes even though the table
on it is very small nothing fancy about it just up and down cut and nearly no power

but that´s the one I try to talk my daughter into try a little work on ….. well have to see how that goes
since she doesn´t like noise from any powertool at all ….........wonder if it is so with all princesse´s ….lol
but she can handle the sewingmaschine so …........everything isn´t lost yet :-)

take care
Dennis

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nailbanger2

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#12 posted 1218 days ago

Sheila, that is one sweet looking machine, and yes I like the bunny! I guess the cats are used to the noise now? Ours would disown me, move, or claw me to death in my sleep if I ever brought a machine like that into the house.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 1218 days ago

Naw, Nailbanger! It purrs like their mommy! You can hear in the video the gentle “hum” of the scroll saw. The drill press actually makes much more noise than the saw.

. . . . and then there is “the Monster!” YIKES!

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From Shop Pictures
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-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Bearpie

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#14 posted 1218 days ago

Excellent videos! I just wished you had posted it when my daughter and family were here and that would have been an excellent tutorial for Evelyn! Yes I did also see the bunny and chick.

My daughter joined LJ as Mountainmamajenny but I am not sure what she will be posting? More like keeping tabs on me and my projects but that’s ok it will keep us in better contact. And yes you may use the pictures my 5 year old granddaughter painted.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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stevebuk

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#15 posted 1218 days ago

really enjoyed that sheila, very informative. It always amazes me that you dont seem to get any sawdust on the top of the wood/table either , even though my blow tube blows the dust off, its still there yet yours looks clean.
I also find it strange as to why the adjustment knob is there when all it seems to do is throw the balance out, anyway, i hope i also own one of these in the near future too..

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