My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #766: Seeing Double - Part 4 of the Video Series

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-18-2012 10:41 AM 4689 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I received my newsletter from Lumberjocks and in reading it, I noticed that Debbie had mentioned that I would be adding on to the class that I ran next year. I was glad that they thought it warranted being brought to the attention of the readers, as I am sure that many who followed the class don’ necessarily read the blog here on a daily basis and it was nice that they announced it so that those interested could again come and see what we are doing.

So far, the feedback that I received from this latest set of videos has been very positive. I have had many questions and positive remarks from both novice and seasoned woodworkers alike. I also like how some of the people whom I have come to admire and respect have said they learned a new tidbit or two of information. It makes me feel great.

Last night I reopened the class again. To those of you who read here, it will probably be old news, as I am using the same videos that I have been posting here. However, as time goes on and more people come to the class to see what is going on, there may be some new questions that are brought up and it could make for some interesting discussions.
As always, I invite you all to come by and add in your thoughts and ideas about questions asked – or ask some questions yourself.

In a way, I feel like I am doubling up on posting. But I do understand that it may be two completely different groups of people between those who take the class and those who read here every day. The posts here will be a couple of days ahead, as I will leave a day or two in between posting the class in order for those participating to better digest the information and maybe try some of the things out. I understand that with all of the heat that many are experiencing that for some, shop time is short or non-existent right now. But the one thing that is good is that when they are ready to return to their shops later on when it cools off, all the information will be in one tidy place and they won’t have to sift through 700+ entries here to find it. That will be great for me too, as it will make it easy for me to refer my customers with particular questions to a single place that is focused on the lessons. So posting things both here and there is really the best solution.

It surprised me very much how much I have enjoyed doing these mini-lessons. While I still don’t feel completely comfortable with myself in front of the camera, I am almost completely over just showing my hands there and doing what I have to do. Once I get into the process, I rather forget that I am being recorded and it isn’t difficult to continue on doing what I do on a daily basis. I am glad that the audience here is kind and you all don’t mind the little mistakes or boo boos that I make along the way. It takes lots of the pressure off of me.

Today I will share Part 4 of the series here with you. This segment shows how to remove the pattern from the scrolled pieces without breaking them, as well as some sanding tips. While I know that sanding isn’t really an art form, I do feel that there are some things that help me do it easier and more effectively, again without causing any damage to the delicate pieces. As I stress in the video, I feel that sanding and finishing our pieces are just as important as cutting them in the first place. Many times I see beautiful scrolled work that has ratty edges or poor finishing and it really does take away from the piece itself. Sometimes it is as if people feel that once the challenge of scrolling the piece on the saw is done, they don’t have to take the time to finish it properly. I believe that the finishing process for any piece is equally important to the cutting and building process itself and should be given the same respect.

So once again, below is the video:

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I hope you enjoy the clip and as always, I appreciate your thoughts and questions.

Have a great Wednesday

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

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 12:17 PM

That pad is a good way to sand those small parts. Gr8 tip.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 12:50 PM

i appreciate that all your skills
are in one place to find and assimilate
when the time comes to get my scroll saw up and running
so much nicer than just jumping in
and learning by rote and errors

thank you for that

isn’t it about time for your ‘great escape’

you know what they say in nova scotia

‘go north young lady’

and enjoy

-- 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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#3 posted 07-18-2012 12:55 PM

Mouth agape at the thought of applying a sander to the Reindeer (especially the antlers) but it works!

Well done, Sheila

I’ll be interested to see Acrylic over oil. I never apply ‘plastic’ finishes over oil or wax. I think its because I don’t believe it will adhere. Although I have no proof of this. I look forward to my notion being dispelled.

Again a good video. Un-rushed with plenty of detailed experience imparted.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 05:56 PM

I am glad you all enjoyed it. :)

The sanding – you would think it wouldn’t work. That is why I had to show you. As I said, the key thing is to not use paper that is too coarse and will grab the little edges. You need to press directly on top and not tip the sander and catch the edge. Sometimes you do break small pieces if you lose concentration. So you need to be fresh and really give things your full attention. I was sure that something would break because my head was more into the video than the sanding I think at times. But I got through the entire set without a hitch. All was good. If you are timid, start with 220 grit paper and you should be OK. It may take a bit longer, but there will be less chance of breaking things off.

As far as the acrylic over oil – that always seems to work too. I let the oil absorb in a bit, as I said. It is dry to the touch, but not greasy or shiny. The acrylic is quite a thin layer and it does bond well. Even when I scrape my nail over it, no color comes up. The shellac has never bubbled or had a problem sticking to it either. I have heard that the poly based finishes don’t really ‘like’ being sprayed over the oil. The oil tends to bleed through. But the spray shellac has never had a problem for me – even when I have hurried through the process because of deadlines and stuff. So it does work in most cases. Like always, I suggest that people test on scraps and see what happens. Many don’t want to take the time to do this but I think that this is a necessary step if you are unsure and takes much less time than doing things all over.

And David – as I write here we are planning our “escape” for a couple of days. We had some dark and rainy days and didn’t want to go when it was like that. What fun would that be? But the weather is wonderful today and looks to be so until at least Monday so we may high tail it out of here tomorrow. That’s the good thing about being the “big boss!” I get to make decisions like that on the fly! ;)


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

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#5 posted 07-18-2012 06:03 PM

Sheila, Does your scrollsaw have a brushless motor?
With all your scrollsawing, if it DOES have a brushed motor, you must have gone through 140 pairs of brushes.

-- My terrible signature...

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 07-18-2012 06:11 PM

I don’t know Alexandre. I will have to look into it. I haven’t heard much about brush wear really. I had my DeWalt for 15 years now and never had to replace them. Maybe someone else here can enlighten all of us. :) Or I will try to get hold of Ray from Seyco later on and figure it out. Good question though.


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

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