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Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #12: "Reindeer Games" Layered Ornaments Part 2

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 761 days ago 2490 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Class is Resuming! - "Reindeer Games" Layered Ornaments Part 1 Part 12 of Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing series Part 13: "Reindeer Games" Layered Ornaments Part 3 »

Ok! So I dropped the ball a little! I honestly forgot that I was posting these videos here in the class. I suppose that there was a bit too much going on, and then I took a short holiday and it completely slipped my mind.

I suppose I don’t earn the prize as the smartest kitten in the litter, do I?

But hopefully, you will all let bygones be bygones and we can continue on from here in our little adventure.

Let’s see . . . where were we?

We had our pattern applied to our ornaments and were about to stack cut them. Below is the video showing me cutting out the lettering and the inside cuts of the back plate. There are a couple of ‘tricks’ to doing this easily and I hope you find the video helpful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6XFIER1ZFG4

I have embedded the video here, but if you go to YouTube, you can subscribe to my channel and then get notification when I add new videos.

In the video, I pretty much explain the process, but I welcome any questions you may have regarding it. Just post them here and I will be happy to answer them here on the forum so that others can benefit from them too.

Thanks again for your attention!

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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#1 posted 760 days ago

LOL, you are funny… Yer a “kool-kat”, Sheila

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 760 days ago

Thanks Roger! :) Glad you enjoy!

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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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#3 posted 760 days ago

shouldn’t that be “h” for ho ho ho! lol Great video.

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 760 days ago

You make it look too easy ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 760 days ago

Yes, Ken! I should be in the holiday spirit! :) And Bob – it IS easy! Just one hole at a time. Not overwhelming yourself is the key. (and a little practice!)

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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dust4tears

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#6 posted 760 days ago

About what speed (on the saw…not your feed rate) do you use? I see it looks to be going quite fast.. When I try to do ‘smaller’ things and I need to do tight/precise turns….I always seem to end up ruining it~whatever it is~ because it cuts too fast and I overshoot what I am doing.

(I hope that makes sense)

-- Ride hard or go home~

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 759 days ago

Well, Dust4tears – I use the saw at about 3/4 speed to full speed, depending what I am cutting. I don’t know the spm because I don’t usually fuss with that. I think that over cutting is more attributed to the rate of feed rather than the speed of the blade. On these little things, you have to have a really light hand. If you watch these videos, you will see that even though the saw is going quite fast, I am not pushing the wood through it hard at all. There are times when I even stop pushing altogether to explain things and even though the speed of the saw is fast, it doesn’t do any damage.

I think that most of the time the damage comes when the saw has a greater amount of front to back motion. If you can think of a train wheel chugging forward, you can picture on a much larger scale what I am referring to. The forward movement of the blade doesn’t allow you an absolute pivot point, and the wood tends to catch or jump a bit more. You should be able to (lightly) lean the piece of wood on the back of the blade and have little or no movement at all. When the blade has front to back movement, it is more aggressive because it is moving slightly forward into the wood instead of you pushing the wood into the blade. I do show that in the video series.

It is possible to do intricate cutting with a limited amount of front to back movement. You just need to use a small blade and a very light pressure. I know it can be frustrating if the wood grabs and chatters. But that is one of the reasons that I use a fast blade speed too. If the blade speed is too slow, it tend to ‘grab’ the wood instead of cutting through it. Speeding up your saw will help alleviate this. If you are running the saw at a fast speed and it is still grabbing, try a smaller blade. Larger blades have more surface and therefore there is more friction being generated and again, the wood will have a tendency to chatter.

I hope these thoughts are helpful to you. The main thing is to back off your forward pressure. I tend to slow down considerably at least about 1/2 to 1/4” before arriving at the turning point. You have to really concentrate on it at first, but soon it will come second nature, like when we drive a car. :)

Let ma know how you do and thanks for asking!

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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