Sure, you can buy hinges for boxes. But if you want to add that extra touch of class to your next project, try making your own hinges! Gary MacKay wrote a great article for Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts back in 2005 about how to create your own hinges with a scroll saw. Don’t have that back issue? Don’t worry, Woodcraft has made it available on their website for everybody to read. Inside, Gary guides you step-by-step through the process. He includes a lot of great photos, along with detailed explanation. He even throws in a free pattern! How could you go wrong? Check it out! Your scrolling reputation hinges on it!
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OK…now that Halloween is over, its time to get serious. Christmas is much closer than you think. Only 8 weekends away! Can you believe that? I know there are a lot of people on your list, so lets get started. How about adding a bit of dimension to your scroll saw Christmas. This week’s Book Of The Week is Compound Christmas Ornaments for the Scroll Saw by Diana Thompson. Inside, you’ll find 48 ornaments and several other projects. My favorite is the compound cut nativity scene. Check this book out. It might be just the excuse you’ve been looking for to try your hand at compound cutting.
This week’s Book of the Week comes from the queen of compound cutting, Dianna Thompson. Compound Scroll Saw Creations is a great book for those wanting to get started in 3d cutting. Those with more experience will find some great patterns too. Not sure if compound cutting is right for you? I’ve written an article about Dianna before, where she provides a free tutorial and pattern to get you started. You can read the article here. Once you have the basics down, be sure check out her book for a lot of great patterns.
Here’s a fun site for you compound cutters! Bill and Kathy Coons from Wood Lovers Shop has a creative way of turning a generic compound cut figurine into something extra special. These figurines have two images, depending on which angle you look at it. They have a video of the figurine turning on their website. Just like magic, the image comes together before your eyes. They have cut a number of these designs for their customers. I don’t think they offer their patterns, but this clever idea can easily be adapted for your own designs. Check it out. While you’re there, check out some of their other great products. A very talented team, indeed.
Update: Thanks to the Anonymous poster in the comments section below, it turns out these patterns are available from Sam Keener’s book 128 Compound Scroll Saw Patterns. So if you like to try your hand at these patterns, check out his book!
Monday I talked about the chess sets that were being created in the SSW&C forums. Chiz Wolfe from Wood’n What-Knots has a nice set of progression pictures on his website as he creates a chess set for his son. Each piece is compound cut with the scroll saw. He has 3 pages of pictures that take you through each step. He also includes a nice description with each set of pictures. The end result really turned out great, especially since it was his first time with compound cutting. Seeing his pictures makes compound cutting your own chess set a little less intimidating. So, give it a try! I’ll bet learning to cut your own chess set will be easier than you think. Learning to play a good game of chess, on the other hand, is a whole different story!
My other hobby is playing board games. I love ’em! I have about 150 board games in my collection and its constantly growing. So I don’t have to tell you how excited I was to hear the latest issue of SSW&C has plans for a compound cut checker board set designed by Sue Mey. I’m anxiously awaiting my issue to show up. The pictures look stunning and I can’t wait to read more about it.
Interesting enough, there has been a few threads on SSW&C forums about compound cut chess pieces. Barefoot1 (Thomas) has created a thread in the Works In Progress section to log his progress as he constructs a Notre Dame chess set for his son. Each piece is compound cut with the scroll saw and beautifully detailed. He also goes into construction of the board/case that will certainly match the beauty of his chess pieces. His work is remarkable. I can’t wait to see the finished product.
The Notre Dame Chess Set was designed by Azbison (Jim Kape). He’s been busy making a lot of prototype chess pieces and posting the results in the forums. You can check out some of his prototypes (thread 1, thread 2). He also has a beautiful chess set he constructed. Take a look.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the Notre Dame Chess Set, Jim is making the pattern available for $10. He also has other patterns he’s been working on, so you might see what else he has to offer. You can email Jim at azbison[at]yahoo.com, to find out more information.
You also might want to check out Diana Thompson’s, Wooden Chess Sets You Can Make: 9 Complete Designs for the Scroll Saw. I haven’t read the book, yet. But the designs look very nice and might be a good option for those who are new to compound cutting.
Have you ever wanted to try compound cutting, but didn’t know where to start? Diana Thompson at Scroll Saw Inspirations will give you a hand. She has put together a great tutorial on how to cut compound patterns. Each step is clearly written and complete with photos. She has also included a free practice pattern to get you started! While you are there, check out the patterns she has available for sale too. If you catch the compound cutting bug, she certainly has plenty of patterns to keep you busy.