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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #654: Two New Projects!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-28-2012 10:09 AM 3412 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 653: Cutting Time Part 654 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 655: In Anticipation of Spring »

Well, I finally feel like I actually accomplished something! While part of me knows that I work just about every day, sometimes I feel that unless I see something tangible at the end of the day, I didn’t get anything done.

It seems like forever since I was able to present a new project, and even though I know it hasn’t been that long, with all the other things that have been going on lately, I feel like I have been slagging lately.

Yesterday was a good day. Finally, a day of implementation of my ideas had arrived and I was able to spend a couple of hours doing one of the things that is the top of my list of things to do – scroll saw!

When I am absent from the saw for long periods of time while I am designing and doing other aspects of the job, I often forget just how much I love it and how enjoyable it is. To me it is one of the most relaxing aspects of woodworking and I love seeing the designs that I have in my head come to life when implemented onto a beautiful piece of wood. It is so cool!

I finished drawing my new project for the magazine, and got the cutting done on it. It is a bit of a spin on the candle tray (same idea) but has a different application and can also be quite useful and a fun project to boot.

Several months ago (maybe even almost a year!) my friend Leldon sent me a couple of awesome glass cheese domes. He had seen them around his area and thought that they would be something that I could use for one of my projects. He was right, and I immediately got this idea to make a cool looking cheese tray, using the same method that I use for making my candle trays (bevel cutting.)

In thinking about it though, we all know that lots of wood (especially scrolled wood) isn’t really water-friendly. While we do use it for cutting boards and such, something that is scrolled would be far more delicate and not quite receptive to much washing. So I had the thought of using a Corian insert so that it would keep things cleaner.

Anyway – here is what I came up with. A mouse and cheese themed cheese tray:

The little mice are scrolled in the border:

And I cut a 1/4” Corian insert, to keep things cleaner:

And it all fits under the 6” glass dome:

I think it came out really cool! I used a piece of curly maple that I had here and even though it isn’t oiled or finished yet, it looks really nice so far.

I must say, I LOVED cutting the Corian on the scroll saw. Since it was such a hard material, I thought it would pose a problem. I used my usual blue painters’ tape, and then applied the pattern. The blade that I used was the Olsen Mach blade in size 3 reverse and I slowed my saw down just a bit to about 75 percent. It cut absolutely beautifully! There was no melting back like I heard of and the piece was wonderfully stable and strong. Even cutting the circle, which can be a bit of a challenge, worked out perfectly. I was very pleased.

I have looked here in Nova Scotia in our area and I am having trouble finding the Corian pieces. While I can buy chunks of it, it is very expensive and hard to come by. I would love to find some more of this cool material, as I can think of all kinds of applications for using it in scroll sawing. So many people talk of finding ‘drop offs’ and I am going to be scouting this summer when we go on our trips and try to get my hands on some more. It is really cool stuff.

And that’s not all folks . . .

I also cut another candle tray out, too. Several months ago I did a request for Jerrell (who is here on Lumberjocks) and I never finished making the piece into a pattern. With summer coming, I think that the sea shell theme is perfect for a summer camp or a beach house and I thought it was high time for me to get cutting and get it finished. I won’t show the whole thing today, but I will give you a small sample:

I feel that this design is one example of how pretty doing a simple project can be. This was really quick to cut and I also love how cool the shells look here.

Both projects need to be oiled today, and I am debating on whether or not to stain the shells (I am leaning toward doing so using some soft, pastel colors to accent them). The seashell candle tray is made from beautiful ash and I think will look great with a splash of color added to it.

I will be doing the finishing touches on both these projects today, as well as taking the presentation photography (these are just snapshots to show you this morning). All the while, my little Canon printer is still humming away. I am down to printing the last 10 of the 300 patterns as I write this, and I can’t say enough good about this printer. In the past four days, it has flawlessly printed over 5000 (yes – 5000!) sheets of color paper. It has not skipped or jammed even once, and has certainly been worth the $50 I got it for. I am very thrilled (and relieved!) that it has performed so well under this kind of use.

So all in all another busy day. It was cold again yesterday and snowed most of the morning, but it didn’t stick at all. We took a nice long walk in the woods behind us, where we haven’t been since last fall and it was a nice and refreshing break and a chance to enjoy the beautiful peacefulness and take a little time away. The sun is just coming up now as I write, and it looks like it is going to be another nice day. I can’t wait to get started.

Have a great day, too!

-- 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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RickL

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 11:08 AM

Sheila!!! What great designs with outstanding results. You have the patience of a saint. Looking forward to seeing more of your designs. You have inspired me to perhaps try a few of my own. Great job.

-- Rick, Union,KY firstlightwoodworking.blogspot.com

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KnotCurser

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 11:11 AM

Fantastic additions to an already great collection of patterns!

Congrats as well on the Pattern job – well deserved!

-bob

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 03-28-2012 12:22 PM

Stunning designs, Sheila.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 03-28-2012 12:34 PM

Thanks to you all! :) They were really uncomplicated. But they were quite fun to cut. I am glad you like them.

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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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 03-28-2012 05:17 PM

I think She’s got it!

. . . . Y E S . . .

I think she’s GOT it!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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CalgaryGeoff

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#6 posted 03-28-2012 06:04 PM

Wow awesome Sheila.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Druid

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#7 posted 03-28-2012 07:09 PM

Love the mice. Nice work Sheila.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#8 posted 03-28-2012 08:34 PM

That’s really a nice design, and appropriate for its’ use. I’ve got to get some scrolling time in. Have a number of your designs that I need to make for the grandkids for their glasses. Keep them coming, we enjoy the new ones.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 03-28-2012 08:36 PM

Thank you again all! I really appreciate your nice encouragement!

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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BertFlores58

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#10 posted 03-28-2012 10:36 PM

Hi Sheila,
An excellent motif.. rat n cheese, sea creatures n waves, and probably leaves n branches, etc. What really amaze me is the strength of your designs. There are plenty of links in between that does not distort the figures of the design. I like the holes in the cheese and the eyes of the rats. I hope it will be a bright finish to highlight the holes and eyes.
God bless!

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 03-28-2012 10:46 PM

Hi, Bert! How have you been? These designs are amazingly strong. They hook up to the sides at strategic places and you barely notice. One of the tricks is to make your eye follow so that it isn’t obvious or distorts the characters, as you say. The longer I do this, the easier this process gets.

I haven’t talked to my editor yet regarding if the cheese tray will be colored in or not. She did see the pictures today and accepted it for the magazine. (YAY!) But I think that she wants me to keep it natural colors and not use any stains or dyes. I am talking to her in the next couple of days and I will get the word.

The shell tray is for my site and I definitely will be adding color to that. I will have some pictures of the finished tray in the next couple of days.

Thanks for your comments and ideas.

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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Roger

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#12 posted 03-29-2012 12:59 PM

You are a mastress (< is that a word?), at scrollin Sheila. I really like the mouse chasin the cheese

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 03-29-2012 01:01 PM

I like that Roger – “Mastress”

Just so no one thinks it means “Queen of the Matress” That could get me in trouble! ;)

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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 03-29-2012 05:07 PM

. . . See what I mean? LOL

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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