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Candy Corn Segmentation

Here’s a fun little project, jut in time for Halloween.  I used a cedar fence board to make these cute segmented candy corns.  It features a rough and rustic look.  I show you how to add a aged patina to the project for a vintage folk art feel.  This project can be easily batched out and finished very quickly to add to your spooky Halloween decor.  Enjoy the video!

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Build Instructions:


1First, sand down some cedar fence boards from the home center ($2-3/board) with 80 grit sandpaper. Don’t sand it completely smooth, just enough to remove the splinters. We want it rough.


2 Sketch out the basic candy corn shape. It’s just a triangle with rounded corners. Two curved lines in the middle make up the candy corn color bands.


3Cut the board down to something more manageable.


4bCut them out on the scroll saw. I’m using a #9 scroll-reverse blade. Cut out the perimeter first, then come back and do the bands. Keep each set of pieces together.


5With a rotary tool and a small sanding drum, knock off the edges. Be a little rough with them so to give them an aged and worn look.


6Time to add paint. The bottom is orange, middle is yellow, and the top is white. Don’t get hung up on getting it perfect.


7With 80 grit sandpaper, sand each piece. Sand away the paint on the edges and high areas revealing some bare wood.


8Glue your pieces together. I’m using wood glue. They don’t need clamps, but be sure to clean out any glue squeeze out.


9aTime to add the weathering. I use a medium wood stain and paint it on really thick. With a clean rag, wipe off the excess and set aside to cure.


10 I use furniture wax to soften the feel and protect the wood. Glop it on thick and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then with a clean rag, buff off the extra wax. I use a toothbrush to get the wax out of the cracks and crevices. Set aside to cure.


11The wax will build up in the recesses, giving some parts a cloudy look. You can use a heat gun to melt the wax and let it soak back into the wood.


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Wine Bottle & Glass Holder

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I wanted a nice project that my wife and I could both enjoy. I came up with this simple wine and wine glass holder. The holder fits over the neck of the wine bottle and two wine glasses balance on each end. I’ve personalized the holder with our initials. This is a quick and easy project to share with that special someone in your life. You can find the pattern here.  Enjoy the show!

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Build Instructions:


build01Once I have my pattern printed out, I just need to trim it to fit onto my board.  I’m using 3/4″ cherry for this project.


build02I sprayed the back of the pattern with spray adhesive.  I let that dry for a few moments until it’s tacky like a Post It Note.

In hindsight, I should have applied a layer of clear packing tape over the top of the pattern.  Cherry is notorious for burning.  The lubrication the tape provides would have reduced the amount of burning.


build04I drilled some pilot holes in the monogram area and the bottle neck area.  I also added a pilot hole just outside the pattern.  That way I can cut the perimeter and maintain the surrounding wood.  It makes it a little more stable as I cut.


build05I cut out the center hole first.  I’m using a #3 Scroll Reverse blade.  A #5 would work well here too.  You can also cut this hole with a hole saw or a large Forsner bit.  But cutting it with the scroll saw works well enough.


build03Now it’s time to cut the perimeter.  You can cut in from the outside edge of the board, but the long pieces tend to bounce around.   Instead, I used a pilot hole just outside the pattern.  I like cutting the perimeter maintaining the surrounding wood, which adds a lot more stability during the cut.


build06Here’s our final cutting.  I took extra care in getting sharp inside corners.


build07I spritz down the pattern with mineral spirits.  After a few moments, the pattern practically falls off.


build08Cherry burns really easy.  Here you can see the burn marks left behind from the scroll saw blade.  I should have added a layer of packing tape to the top of the pattern.  The tape will lubricate and cool the blade.


build09With my spindle sander, I remove the burn marks from the edge.


build10I used a roundover bit to soften up the edge of the wood.  Be careful at the openings where the wine glass stems go.  You have a good chance of blowout in those sections.  I also used a chamfer bit on the bottom edge of where the neck of the bottle sits.  The chamfer makes it sit on the bottle nicer.  It’s not necessary, but it works nice.


build11Then it’s back to sanding.  I used my random orbital sander to clean up the front and back.  I also did some hand sanding in areas that I couldn’t reach.  I also softened up some of the edges in the wine glass holders.


build12I used a star sander in the drill press to soften up the edges.


build13For the finish, I just used a satin clear acrylic spray.  I gave it about 4 coats.  Then I sanded it with some 0000 steel wool.  Then gave it another coat for a nice smooth finish.


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Wine Bottle & Glass Holder – The Design

Here’s a project, just in time for Valentine’s Day. In this video, we’re going to design up a Wine Bottle & Wine Glass Holder. The holder rests on the neck of the wine bottle, and two wine glasses balance on each end. We’ll design this project using the free program, Inkscape. We’ll also design monograms for each side of the bottle to give it a personal touch.

You can find the final pattern here, which includes all of the monograms A-Z, so you can customize it any way you want. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s video, where we make this project on the scroll saw. Enjoy the show!

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Make A Dishwasher Magnet

A buddy of mine wanted a magnet for his dishwasher that would tell him if the dishes are clean or dirty. This is a quick and easy project that I think would be a great craft show seller.

In this video, we’ll first design the magnet in Inkscape. I had some scrap ¼” oak that I used. After cutting out the design, I sanded it with a palm sander and softened the edges with a star sander. I added a few coats of clear acrylic spray for protection. Then I attached the magnet with some epoxy.

To use, keep the “Dirty” part of the sign facing up. When you start your dishwasher, flip it to “Clean.” Once the dishwasher is unloaded, flip it back over to “Dirty.” Now you’ll know with a glance if your dishes are clean or dirty (without the bother of actually opening the dishwasher).

I think this would be a good craft show seller.

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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.

Enjoy the show!

 

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Applying Scroll Saw Patterns To Your Work Piece

One of the questions I get a lot, especially from new scrollers, is how to attach a pattern to your work piece.  That’s a tough one, because if you ask 10 scrollers how to do that, you’ll get 12 different answers.  Each scroll saw artist has their own preferred method of attaching patterns.  In this video, we’ll explore some of the common methods of attaching your pattern to your work piece.  Hopefully you’ll find one that will work best for you in your shop.  If your favorite method wasn’t covered, share with us in the comments below.

I’ve also included a written tutorial at Scroll Saw Village.  You can find that here.

Next week, I’ll have a video on removing patterns.  So be sure to look out for that.  Enjoy the show!

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Putting Text On A Path With GIMP

I got a question from Gator on Scroll Saw Village. He’s working on a pattern in GIMP and would like to add text along a path. In this video, I’ll show you how to add text along a wavy path, as well as in a circle. Creating this kind of word art in GIMP is a little clunky. A better tool for this would be to use Inkscape where you have a little more control over the letters and paths you create. However, it is possible in GIMP with some trial and error to get it to look the way you want.

You can find the discussion page on Scroll Saw Village if you have questions or comments. Enjoy the show!

 

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