Over my time with the scroll saw I have been able to look at other’s patterns and make adjustments to fit my own need. I have also been able to picture a pattern idea in my head. But getting the idea from my head to a file on the computer and then cut it out, that has been a struggle for this long time computer geek.
I had found a picture of a wolf lying down that I loved, but can not find it again to find out if it copy protected, so I could not use that for a pattern to share. So then I found the tribal wolf head that I used. Now the making of: I started out by cutting a piece of ¼” poplar to a workable size. Next I cut a piece of plywood about the same size. I sanded both. Next I applied the pattern to the poplar and stained one side, of the plywood back board, black. When doing this I pick the better looking side of the plywood to face out on the back. While the plywood is drying I drill my holes and start cutting. One thing I noticed when I start cutting was how this reminded me of cutting a portrait. Often times when making a cut like the larger one here, you might get parts to start wiggling (scares me) and could break. What I did this time was to stop cutting and apply more tape to hold pieces still.
After cutting I removed tape from the back, making sure to leave the pattern on the front. I sanded the back (very carefully) and then glued and clamped it to the plywood. I have found it a very good thing to make sure the smaller more fragile part get glue on them, this will add strength once dried. After the glue has dried I then cut out the shape of the arrow head. Now I sand anything that needs sanding, then a dip in some medium maple stain, some shellac and we have the finished product. The size of this is 9 ¼” tall and 4” wide. If this is a special gift for someone and you want to sign the piece, I would suggest you do this prior to the stain. Using a Sharpie on the plywood side and let dry. Please feel free to use this pattern! Please feel free to send me an email letting me know what you think and if you have a chance a picture of how your turned out. I hope this will not be a one time thing making patterns and being able to share!
Thanks to my kids (Kelsey & Josh) who gave me feedback on the pattern as I was working on it!
Here we are another Father’s Day. Let’s start off by saying Happy Father’s Day
to all of you dads out there!
I for one feel that my children are not only the ones who
made me a father (no kidding?) but also helped shape what kind of father I
am. To my sons, my step-daughter and my
former step-sons, Thank You All! As a
father I am very blessed. This is what I
wish for all of you dads and future dads alike!
I also am very blessed with a great example on how to be a good dad from the example I have been given!
So now to the wood!
Here are a couple of Father’s Day gifts I made this year.
"Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying." -- Fran Lebowitz
I have been wanting to go to Bakersfield
to visit the family since Mother’s Day.
I had made a Mother’s Day gift for my Mom. Then I made something for my sister and then
the stuff kept building up. I hope to be
able to post pictures tomorrow.
While we were there today my sister wanted to take us to see
the peacocks. Well I saw this bird and
wondered if people in Bakersfield
were confused or had a special breed…
Here are a couple of pictures of the real ones. The one in the tress was 35 to 40 feet
up. I have never seen that before.
I wanted to share some pictures of these beautiful
creatures. So no wood work in this post.
And the last one brings up the question… why did the peacock
cross the road?
With the growing popularity of the iPad, Kindle Fire and
others Steve Good created a pattern of a stand to hold an iPad. After printing the pattern I showed it to my
wife. We looked at the measurements and
sure enough her Kindle Fire fits just fine.
So I made one based off the pattern Steve created. Showed it to her and she said “it is nice,
but I want something more personalized.
So the second one was created just for her (Love You Terri!).