Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thanks in advance to: Steve Good - http://www.scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.com/, Arpop - http://fssp-arpop.blogspot.com/, Steve (Scrolling Companion) - http://hoviousscrollsawworks.blogspot.com for all of the wonderful patterns! And to Terri (my loving wife) for putting up with all the sawdust.
I will be creating an online photo album of the items I get completed.
Wish me luck!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Where I work we have one employee who had a baby in May and another who is due in Nov. So I took a couple of patterns from Steve Good and modified them a bit and came up with the two items. On the chair I had to increase the size to be able to get the lettering on it.
Congratulations to the new moms and dads!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The Fairy was for a friend of a friend who is a cancer survivor.
The pirate shelf I built for the son of a co-worker. You can not see it that well in the pictures but the shelf supports are in the shape of swords.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
On Monday (August 24, 2009) Steve Good at Scrollsaw Workshop posted a great flower pot pattern and wrote about buying wood at Home Depot. Still being new to the scroll sawing world, this is how I get most my project wood.
I have one big problem I run into from time to time. Warped wood… Primarily with the ¼ poplar boards I get. Well I have found a solution that has worked well for me and thought I would share.
The first things you need:
Iron (I have to sneak it past my wife)
2 pieces of flat (non-warped) wood (these should be a bit bigger than the warped piece)
Now I soak the towel in water. I will also dip the wood in water.
Wrap the wood in the wet bath towel
Iron the towel/wood (here I use the steam option)
Flip the wood and do the same
Put the freshly ironed (no starch) wood between the flat pieces and clamp
Once clamped I will let the wood dry for a few days (depending on weather)
After drying the piece should be good to use or finished.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
On another positive note, I ordered some scroll saw books, thanks to the Amazon gift card I got for Father’s Day! Thanks Andy! So I have a list of projects I want to get started on after we get settled. Keep checking back and I will get some more stuff posted soon.
Everyone have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I found a web site that shows you a large number of words written in Chinese. Included are a large range of names. The site can be found at http://www.chinese-symbols.com/
After going to this site I got an idea! (Note the energy saving light bulb above my head) So I came up with the pattern for this name sign.
So I want to wish my oldest son, Andrew, a Happy 20th Birthday!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
While on the subject of cats, one of ours had kittens recently. While my wife would like to take over the title of Cat Lady... we had to get rid of the babies. Lucky for us (and them) there is a place near by called The Cat House on the Kings. This place is incredible! It is a no-cage, no-kill cat sanctuary and adoption center. According to their web site they are currently caring for 700+ cats, kittens and do not forget the dogs too. Please take a moment and check out their site at http://www.cathouseonthekings.com/ also take a look at this video titled Cat House on the Kings
Monday, April 27, 2009
The hardest part of cutting this was the fact that I used ¾” oak and a #5 blade. But it was a gift for my wife and worth it.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
One thing I did that can not be seen from the photos is I used a wood burner to write the meaning of each word. These are on the inside.
If I was to make this again as a candle holder I would want to cut the words larger. If I were to make this as a planter I would make the whole thing larger. I think it would be nice for a small bamboo plant.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Please note: being the nice dad I try to be, I let him make some of his cuts on the DeWalt. And to my shock he preferred the Ryobi (kids…what can you do).
So I think I might have a partner in my little shop now. I can’t tell you how proud and excited I am at the possibility of spending time with one of my sons in the shop! I have been very blessed with wonderful children! I have added some pictures of Josh working and his first piece (still needs to be sanded and stained).
For more patterns by Steve Good, please go by his website http://www.scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.com/ and make a donation if you can, as Steve asks nothing for the use of his patterns. To see the complete catalog of patterns go to
So I suggest to anyone who lives in central California to look into this association. Watch their website as I am sure there will be pictures from this last meeting coming soon. You can also look at pictures from past meetings at http://sjfwa.com/
And there was an added benefit to this meeting I will tell you about in part 2.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Fae - I saw a piece of clip art of a green fairy. After blowing it up and printing it, I cut this from a piece of poplar and got some green wood stain. She measures about 10 1/2" tall.
Cross - I am sorry to say that I can not recall where I got this pattern. So whoever drew this, I give you the credit. Another piece from poplar that is 9 7/8" long and 6 3/4" wide.
Letter Opener - Well after the first one I made broke, my wife asked me to make her another one. She found the outline of the elephant that I put together with letter opener pattern by Steve Good. This time I thought I would use oak and maybe it would last longer.
I do want to point out that this does not change my view of the DeWalt saw, I still think it is great!
So Thank You to Ideal Saw Works for your great service. Now back to making saw dust!
Monday, March 9, 2009
So I start looking around the store and a gentleman strikes up a conversation. When I mention that I am still new to woodworking he tells me about the San Joaquin Fine Woodworkers Association. I am very excited about joining this group and attending the classes they offer.
If my DeWalt had not died, I would not have learned about these fine folks!
Check out their web site – the link can be found on the left (in the Links section).
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
For size comparison there is a quarter in the picture.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
The basket is from a pattern book from Fox Chapel publishing.