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Removing Scroll Saw Patterns From Your Work Piece

In the previous video, I showed you several different methods of applying your pattern to the work piece.  In this video, I’ll share several different ways of removing your patterns.  What is your favorite method?  Share how you do it in the comments below.  While you’re at it, please subscribe to the Scroll Saw Goodies YouTube channel so you don’t miss any new scroll saw goodness.

A full written tutorial is available at Scroll Saw Village.  You can find that here.

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Setting Table Tilt On Your Scroll Saw


This episode, I cover different ways of setting accurate angles when tilting the table of your scroll saw.  I cover the use of the built-in angle gauge on your scroll saw, using a inexpensive protractor, a paper protractor and it’s advantages, a digital angle gauge, and using your smart phone to dial in the exact angle right for your project.

Links to things I mentioned in this episode:

  • Download the FREE paper protractor template here.
  • Wixey Angle Gauge – This is my favorite method to find angles. Plus it’s very useful in other parts of the shop.

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On with the show!

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30th Anniversary Excalibur Scroll Saw

General International announced a limited edition version of their popular Excalibur Scroll Saw to mark their 30 years of making this outstanding product. Not only does it look amazing, all black and trimmed with gold, but they’re offering a few new features too! Probably their best feature is their dust collection system. Keep the scroll saw dust to a minimum with a dust collection port.  They’ve also included additional guards for safety, and room for 12 blade holders. The electronics and motor remain the same. It will be available from Woodcraft in November. Check out this article and video for a preview. This sure is a work of art. Will this be under your tree this year?

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Child Safe Finish For Toys

With all the news of toxic chemicals in toys made over seas, child-safe finishes have become a hot topic.  Cynthia Lewman from Toymaker Press put together a really nice tutorial on how to make your own non-toxic, child safe finish for toys.  This finish will display the beauty of the wood, but won’t hurt the little ones if they decide to chew on the toy before playing with it.  Be sure to check out Toymaker Press for some really cool toy patterns, too.

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I Take Plastic

Square Credit Card ReaderAs crafters and artists, we get to the point where we start selling our work.  Either at craft fairs, or word of mouth.  But, since most of us don’t make a living at selling our work, options like accepting credit cards is practically non-existent.  Until now.  Square is a really neat credit card processing service that allows anybody to take credit cards.  This works especially well for crafters and artists who want to sell their work.  When you sign up, they send you a free credit card swiper that plugs into the audio jack of your smart phone (supports Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad).  Then you link your bank account to your Square account.  That’s it.  You’re open for business.

When you make a sale, you simply swipe their credit card.  You type in the amount, description and even take a picture of the product you’re selling.  Hit submit, and you’re done!  You can even email or SMS the reciept to the customer.

When Square processes the payment, they charge you 2.75% transaction fee (all credit card processors charge this if not more).  The next day, the money is transferred into your bank account.

Hardly anybody carries cash anymore.  Now you can say, “That’s OK.  I take plastic!”

Check it out!

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Wood Toxicity Chart

As woodworkers, we are in awe of exotic and unusual species of wood.  We scramble to find the right project for this wood.  However, not all woods are safe to use.  Many species can trigger allergic reactions when exposed to these woods.  Wood allergies can range from minor discomfort to life-threatening reactions.  Here’s a Wood Toxcity Chart that you can download and print for your workshop.  While it’s not an exhaustive list, it should give you a good idea of what to look out for.  So, next time you work with a wood that you’re unfamiliar with, check the species against this chart.  That way you know if you’re experiencing symptoms.

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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L3

We’re moving right along with lesson 3 of our classroom series as we learn to use Inkscape to make our own scroll saw patterns. This lesson we learn to align our objects. This lesson plays a huge role as we need precise positioning of our objects to create our pattern. First, we talk about layers and object order. Then we’ll discuss the very handy option of grouping objects which gives us great latitude for control and manipulation. We take a peek at guidelines as useful reference. And lastly, we take the guesswork out of object placement and discuss the aligning and distributing tools. You can find the video, written instruction, downloadable source material and classroom discussion at Scroll Saw Village in the Village University forum.
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