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Stack Cutting and Painting Your Projects

Many of us are afraid of painting our projects.  You may not know where to even start.  Well, here is a really neat series by Sheila Landry.  She shows you each step of the way from preparing the pattern, stack cutting, and painting a snowman for a winter scene. You can find the pattern she’s working on here.   Speaking of which, be sure to check out her other patterns, too.  She has a lot of great designs. On with the show!

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How to Build a Wood Toy Car

Natural wooden toys are becoming more and more popular, especially with the concerns of toxic materials in toys made overseas.  Here’s a neat video on how Sherman Francisco builds a toy car that he and his club donates to Toys For Tots.  He’s using the Ripsnorter pattern from Toymaker Press.  Be sure to check Toymaker Press out.  They have a lot of great desigs and even a couple free patterns you can try out.

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Kits Make Intarsia Easy

dodge_intarsia_kitOne thing that holds a lot of scrollers from trying intarsia is the amount of wood inventory you must maintain in order to create a project. This initial investment could be hefty, depending on the complexity of your project. Mike Mathieu of Midlothian Woodworks has made it easy to jump into this wonderful hobby, without the large investment. He offers a wide variety of intarsia kits ranging from jewelry boxes to large scale scenics. Each kit comes the plans, instructions, hardware, and all the species of wood needed to create a finished project. Check it out! Maybe the intarsia bug will bite you too.

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Turkey Tote

Here’s a fun little project that should please the pilgrim in you. This free Turkey Tote pattern is provided by The Windfield Collection. Use this as a centerpiece filled with flowers, or vegetables from your fall harvest. They provide a nice printable pattern with detailed assembly and painting instructions. Make sure you get both parts of the pattern (November 1, 2008 and November 2, 2008). And while you’re there, be sure to see what else they have to offer. They have a lot of great holiday patterns that are sure to please. Gobble gobble!

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ep03 – Making A List And Checking It Twice

Who’s on your Christmas list? This episode I brainstorm some ideas for possible handmade gifts for the loved ones in your family. There are a lot of great ideas out there, so this certainly isn’t a comprehensive list. But it should get you on your way.



Traditional Puzzles

Standing Puzzles

Tray Puzzles

Logic Puzzles

Japanese Puzzle Boxes

General Toys



Tic Tac Toe

Barrel Of Monkeys/Elves

Hair Clips



Pencil Holder

Note Holder


Name Plate Pattern Generator

Business Card Holder

Letter Opener

Key Chain


Free Standing Word Art


Christmas Pyramids

Wildlife portrait

Coasters w/Inlay Team Logos

Sports Number Plaque

Desktop Book Shelf

Book Marks


Paper Towel Holder

Napkin Holder

Wine Caddy

Wine Holder

Candle Holders/Luminaries


Custom Portraits

Trinket Boxes


Music Box


Inspirational signs

A Few Notes:
First, a little self promotion. Scroll Saw Goodies has a ton of great information and links to free scroll saw patterns. Be sure to check out my “Free Patterns” section as well as the “Toys & Games” section. I have highlighted hundreds of free scroll saw patterns that should keep you busy until next Christmas!

Both Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts and Creative Woodworks & Crafts has a ton of great patterns. It would take me too long to link to each individual issue, so I only linked to the magazine’s main website. Wherever possible, I noted the issue in which the project came from. I encourage you to consider buying a few back issues of these great magazines. I love having access to so many great projects.

Absolutely Free Scroll Saw Patterns has recently merged with Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts forum. I still have linked to the main MSN Group page. But it won’t be long before the patterns will be moved to Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. If you have trouble finding a project, just post a question in the forum. Everybody there is very helpful and can point you in the right direction.

Steve Good at Scroll Saw Workshop has a lot of great free scroll saw patterns. Again, it would take me too long to link to all of the patterns I’ve discussed in the podcast. So instead I pointed you to his main website. You can dig through the archives to find patterns. Or you can scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and select the “Pattern Catalog”. This is a picture reference of all the projects available.

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One of my favorite sites belongs to the German pattern designer, Arnold Volkner. He is best known for his lichterbogens (lighted arches) and Christmas pyramids. His patterns reflect a lot of German tradition that has a quaint old-world feel. He has a section on his website where he offers a free pattern. I like to keep my eye on that section because he rotates a new pattern every few months. Right now he’s offering a lichterbogen with a wonderful winter scene. Check it out. While you’re there, check out his other patterns. His website is in German, but with the aide of Google Translator, you shouldn’t have too much trouble navigating his site.

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Ghosts, Pumpkins, and Bats. Oh My!

Here’s another great Halloween craft pattern for the scroll saw provided by Accents Woodcraft Designs. This is a layered design that adds depth and makes painting much easier. This free pattern is provided in 3 separate GIF files with detailed instructions for sawing, assembly and painting. Check out this quick and easy project and add to your Halloween spookiness! While you’re there, be sure to check out some of their other great Halloween projects.

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