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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #345: Another Tray Finished

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1169 days ago 3769 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 344: Poopie Happens Part 345 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 346: And Yet Another Tray »

I had a very productive day yesterday. I was able to get the next candle tray cut out entirely, as well as sand and finish the butterfly tray and the new one. The more I work with my new saw the more I like it. I have never had a lamp that was attached to the saw like that before and it is a vast improvement over having my little task lamp and having to move it around so that I can turn my pieces when cutting. It is great that it is out of the way.

There are however a couple of things that I feel can be improved on in regards to the light. It is a round type of light with a magnifying lens in the middle. I find that the lens is placed rather loosely in the casing and therefore rattles when the saw is running. I suppose it is a simple fix, as I just rolled up a little piece of blue painter’s tape and kind of shoved it in the space so that the lens is not able to move.

I don’t know if you can see it from the photo, but I also rolled a piece of tape so that when the top piece is closed (which is most of the time when I am using it) it stops the cover from rattling on the base of the lamp. That is also a bit annoying.

One other thing that I am not impressed about with the lamp is that the mounting bracket that screws to the saw has only one hole.

This causes you to almost have to over tighten the screw in order to hold the lamp steady. I think that there should have been at least two screws so that the lamp doesn’t pivot under its own weight when the saw is in use. It works fine now, but I had to really tighten it a lot in order for it not to move while cutting.

Other than that, it is really nice to have the light right there for me.

The candle tray that I cut yesterday is a southwestern design of a Kokopelli and Gecko. I used ash for the tray and I embedded three little glass seed beads into the backs of each of the little geckos.

From SLD351 Kokopelli and Gecko Candle Tray

You can see them better in the detail picture:

From SLD351 Kokopelli and Gecko Candle Tray

I want to take more pictures later today, as I didn’t take the pictures with the candles. I think for that one I may also add a few feathers to the ribbon that will go around the top of the jar for a bit more interest.

I also did the finishing on the butterfly candle tray that I cut the day before. Again, I used aspen for it, which cuts a lot like pine, but has less figure in it. When I applied the mineral oil finish to it, it took on a nice warm light tan color. The edges seemed to darken a bit and the design almost looked like I burned it in:

From SLD353 Butterfly Candle Tray

I didn’t have any thin aspen for the charms, so I used a small piece of 1/8” holly that I had. The color almost matched exactly.

I did find that the little bread seemed to show up a bit more after the oil was applied. I suppose that would have been expected. However it didn’t seem to loosen the bond at all so hopefully it will be OK.

From SLD353 Butterfly Candle Tray

I have one more design to cut out today, and I need to do final pictures of this and also my partner’s latest work. I also need to make the packets for these designs so I can get them up on the site as soon as possible. I have a couple of other designs that I want to do fairly soon though before I forget them.

I am starting to organize the information that I will need for the scroll saw class that I will be teaching here on Lumberjocks. I don’t have an exact date yet, but I suppose it will be in the next few weeks. I saw that Debbie put that we were going to make a candle tray in the newsletter, but I would rather do a series of small projects, such as ornaments, which will each highlight a different technique. I think that will be the most effective and practical way for us to all learn together. I will post more information on that as I know it.

I hope you all have a great day today. We are finally getting warmer weather here and for the first time of the year it is feeling like summer. I have yet to get out by the beach, but hopefully I will be doing so soon. Happy Friday to you all.

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 1169 days ago

Nice review Sheila!

I tried a variety of lamps on my Dewalt and finally figured out what works the best for me. I installed a hanging light directly above my saw and use a florescent spotlight bulb. It hangs in the perfect spot and never vibrates!

If I ever need to use magnification, I have a jeweler’s magnifier I wear like safety goggles.

The new patterns look great – love the Kokopelli and Gecko one – that’s a “must get”! :-)

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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huntter2022

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#2 posted 1169 days ago

Well it sounds like your feeling alot better I never got the lamp with my Ex21 but then I have a shop light above my workbench I do have a magnifer that clamps on to my bench and can be be adjusted to were I need it . Only used it a couple times when I was cutting the , ” smoking penny ” You did a fine job on both of the candle trays
Lets us know how the off clip on works out , I heard they are good

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

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Druid

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#3 posted 1169 days ago

I’m glad to see that you are feeling better. Your new patterns look wonderful, and I really like the Kokopelli and Gecko.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 1169 days ago

Thanks, everyone! We have a cabinet over the scroll saw now, but it doesn’t reach far enough to put a light up there. We were thinking of doing that before we got this one. Where it would have to be if mounted from above would cause a shadow from the saw itself. This one isn’t bad, but with a few minor adjustments it would be great.

I am feeling lots better. When I went to route my candle tray outside yesterday, I brought the clip on with me and didn’t get bitten once. I am really grateful to Bearpie for sending it to me. The last thing I need is to have a relapse. It is good to feel better and I have lots of fun things to make! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#5 posted 1169 days ago

I think you could scroll with your eyes closed and no lamp. :)
your scrolling is outstanding. glad you’re feeling better.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 1169 days ago

Thanks, Roger! I did have to go “back to the drawing board” on the Gecko. Originally I gave him four toes and I think it would have been too hard for others to do. I also thickened up his tail from the original drawings that I did. I had started to cut it out and gave up after a bit because it would have been too difficult and delicate. I am glad that I reworked it. as this one is far more manageable. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Bearpie

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#7 posted 1169 days ago

Sheila, Those designs really look delicate and fragile. I would be scared to have them on display in my booth when I am in a crafts show, all it would take is someone heavy handed or clumsy and have them break! Other wise the designs are fantastic!

I am glad the clip-on works for you and I was glad to be able to help!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Mytoya

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#8 posted 1169 days ago

I Love them both!!! When are they available for sale???

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 1169 days ago

Hi Sheila;

Very nice.

I just can’t figure out how you keep coming up with new designs!

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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#10 posted 1169 days ago

Hi, Erwin:
I don’t think they are more fragile than usual. The Gecko one is done using ash and it is pretty sturdy. Everything is supported. Even if it is only a small place, it keeps them sturdy. Of course they shouldn’t be banged around, but they should be fine. If anyone is afraid, they can always put a layer of veneer on the back side and it will protect it more. You could probably do that with 1/8” plywood too. Maybe use a splash of color like a turquoise wash for the gecko tray. You could use the Staining and Antiquing medium from DecoArt for that and it will look cool, I think.

Matoya- Hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have another update to the site. I will send out an email, as well as announce it here and on Facebook as soon as they are ready.

I am glad you like them! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 1169 days ago

Hi, Lee:
Your comment just came in as I was posting my answer.

I am lucky to feel very inspired right now. Sometimes I see one thing and it can trigger several designs. I have some more that I want to do right away, and also others that aren’t for trays like this. There is a long list of stuff I want to do. My only frustration is not having enough time. :)

Thank you so much!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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BertFlores58

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#12 posted 1169 days ago

Hi Sheia,
Good to see you back as usual. Brighter days coming ahead.
With the negative one… I think this is very strong as there are more wood left than the positive. Also, if you use a black colored wood and install it on a lighted base or a box, those butterflies will be flying around at night gracefully in the ceilings flat specially if the base box is also rotating… Hope you understand what I mean… sort of lampshade box.
As always… Take care.
BTW… single screw is not a problem on tightening… Use a spring locking washer so it won’t lose… or you can try “loctite” for the bolt thread… there are several locking thread glue around… If you want to take out the bolt in the future… just “hammer shock” the bolt and it will be easy to loose again.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 1168 days ago

Thanks Bert! It is good to feel pretty much back to normal. You are right on the butterfly tray. It looks delicate but it is quite sturdy. There are really only a few wispy pieces of the wood that are removed. I think making something that lit up would be fun! I will need to give it some more thought.

As far as the lamp on the saw goes, we did put Loctite on the screw and it is holding up much better. If that doesn’t work over time, I think I will try the spring locking washer. Thanks for a good idea! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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