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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #700: Everything's Working (that's scary!)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-13-2012 11:24 AM 834 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 699: Picking Up Our Wood and Checking on One of our Shops Part 700 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 701: Making Choices »

Sometimes we plan things and they actually work out like they are supposed to. When that happens, it can be puzzling and confusing.

Have I finally found the ‘magic formula’ to make things work? Humm . . .

I spent the day yesterday cutting. (And cutting and cutting some more) It wasn’t a bad thing. In fact it felt really good to be at the saw. As I watched the piles of wood grow I felt a great sense of accomplishment. While I was working, my little Canon printer was humming in the background, spitting out page after page of the patterns that accompany the wood pieces. Everything was working how it was supposed to – including myself.

Some may look at cutting hundreds of pieces like I am doing as a ‘chore.’ But any real woodworker can tell you that making something – no matter how simple it is – from a piece of wood and bringing it to life is quite an exhilarating experience. Even these simple cutouts qualify. I thought about how they will soon be scattered all over the globe to be brought to life by being painted and hopefully cherished for generations and it gave me a sense of pride.

I really do love what I do.

I cut for most of the day and wrapped it up just after six. I could have probably gone on longer, but I didn’t want to push it to the point where I would feel pushed too far. I finished the boots and the pumpkin cutouts, and now only have the hats to complete. I may be able to get them all done today, but it will be more likely that I will have an hour or so of cutting to do tomorrow, too. Even so, I am pleased at how quickly I am able to get the job done.

The DeWalt has worked wonderfully on this job. I find that it does cut through the simple lines faster, although it is quite a bit louder than the Excalibur. Once again, I am glad that I had this saw as a backup and I think I will be pulling it out for this kind of production work. I will still use the Excalibur saw for my daily sawing, as overall I do like it better, but the DeWalt works find for putting out large quantities of cutting quickly, as long as the pieces aren’t too intricate. And I feel that by using the DeWalt for jobs such as this, it will save wear and tear on the Excalibur.

The part for the Excalibur (as expected) is not here yet. We expect it sometime next week. Customs can be funny though and I had a package sent recently that made it over the border in a couple days only to be held in customs for a week. They just do that sometimes. In the mean time this has been a good back up.

There isn’t much to talk about on days such as these. It is one of those times when “everything is working” and you just thank your lucky stars that it is. I hope things continue this way for at least another day. ;)

Happy Mother’s Day to all the woodworking and painting Moms out there. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

-- 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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#1 posted 05-13-2012 11:52 AM

Happy Mother’s Day Sheila

Lee

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 05-13-2012 11:55 AM

Thanks, Lee! :)

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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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 12:32 PM

Sheila, I hope that you and yours have a very wonderful Mothers Day.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Roger

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 12:32 PM

It is a good thing you had a back-up saw for what you do. Hope you get the part for the Excalibur soon. Sounds like you’ve got the rhythm with any saw you use. Hope your weekend is a good one also. Work/Play safe

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 01:51 PM

I feel pretty much ‘in the groove’ when I’m cutting endless veneer pieces for a pattern. Cutting on automatic thinking about the finished project. I also love it when the pieces start to pile up. Steady progress. Also done with some good music on in the background, like today. I love making things, in the modern consumer society there is also something subversive about it.

-- 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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#6 posted 05-13-2012 02:45 PM

That’s exactly how I feel Martyn! “Auto pilot” Yesterday I was building up speed and the blade was following the line almost automatically. Such fun! I was going to post pictures showing the pieces once again piling up but I figured it would bore people. Nice to know that I am not the only one who gets excited about these things! :)

Thanks for the wishes everyone! It is already a great day!

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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#7 posted 05-13-2012 08:29 PM

:-) I think thats why we volunter and geting sidetracked from time to time
just becourse we love to make something with a proud note to ourself acomplished and finished :-)
I like Martyns word in the modern consumer society there is also something subversive about it.
deffently is true when you upcycling from a dumsterdive …. LOL
I like when I hear how the H… can you find out of making/repair this while looking at theres
jaw dropping heads …. LOL
it still amaze me again and again why people can´t fix a hinge or lengthen a powercord
I gess it has something to do with the lack of learning to use a tool in childhood from there parrents
beside I see so many yuong that don´t even know to boil an egg
and I wont even talk about the results I have seen when they try to cook a potfull of potatos …. :-(
I wont wonder if some one told me they know one that has used the washingmaschine on the 90 degreecelcius program to cook potatos

have a wonderfull day
Dennis

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