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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Black Friday

It's looming...Black Friday. Here's an opportunity to support Scroll Saw Goodies and get something for yourself at the same time. Why spend Black Friday scrambling for amazing deals and fighting for mall parking spots when you can shop in your pajamas from behind your keyboard? We already know that Amazon provides great service and so many products, you can easily and safely fulfill your entire Christmas list.

So, what's the catch? When you purchase something for yourself or as a gift for a loved one through one of SSG links/banners, we get a small commission. That commission allows us to continue to provide great content, purchase equipment and bandwidth for the podcast, and help expand SSG. So in the end, you win both ways. You get great your Christmas shopping done early and you help support an online resource that continues to bring you great content!

Here's the deal. The Black Friday banner on this post has some incredible deals for a short time. So if you're looking to stretch your Christmas dollar, definitely check this out. It's for limited time, so you'll have to act fast. I'll also have an Amazon banner at the top the website through the end of Christmas. This will take you to the regular Amazon website where you can find everything under the sun. If you're looking for something specifically scroll saw related, you can check out the SSG eStore where I handpicked a lot of scroll saw related goodies.

There's other ways to support Scroll Saw Goodies, too. Most of them don't even involve the wallet. And in many ways, these are even more important to our success. You can read this article to find out more information.

Thanks for listening to my sales pitch. I try to keep these things to a minimum, so this will be the last you'll hear about it for the year. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to what the next year brings. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Holiday Season. Stay tuned for more Scroll Saw Goodies.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Silhouette Letter Holder

Here's a neat project from Christine of Chantournage which I thought was rather clever. She cut out a silhouette of an animal. But instead of throwing away the scrap, she turned that into the back panel for this letter/napkin holder. It really gives this project a nice effect. Possible Christmas gifts? I think so! This would be a great project for those on your Christmas list as it can easily be cut in an afternoon. You can find silhouette patterns in a number of areas. Dingbats, internet clipart, Dover Clipart books or even 99 Silhouette Patterns for the Scroll Saw by Terence Calway!

Be sure to check out Christine's website and check out some more of her other work. Maybe it'll spark an idea or two for other Christmas gifts!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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.


Listen to Episode 3 - Making A List And Checking It Twice.


---SHOW NOTES---

Traditional Puzzles

Standing Puzzles
Tray Puzzles
Logic Puzzles
Japanese Puzzle Boxes
General Toys
Chess
Checkers
Tic Tac Toe
Barrel Of Monkeys/Elves
Hair Clips
Earrings
Mirror
Pencil Holder

Note Holder
Clipboard
Name Plate Pattern Generator
Business Card Holder
Letter Opener
Key Chain
Ornaments
Free Standing Word Art
Lichterbogens
Christmas Pyramids
Wildlife portrait Coasters w/Inlay Team Logos
Sports Number Plaque
Desktop Book Shelf
Book Marks
Trivets
Paper Towel Holder
Napkin Holder
Wine Caddy
Wine Holder
Candle Holders/Luminaries
Shelves
Custom Portraits

Trinket Boxes
Bowls/Baskets
Music Box
Clocks
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.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Lichterbogen

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.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Brass Snowflake Ornament

Many times, us scrollers only think about cutting hardwoods and plywoods. But there are a number of other materials that we can cut as well. The folks at Woodworker's Journal has a great article on how to scroll saw a snowflake ornament out of brass! The article includes the free pattern, detailed instructions and accompanying photos. You can find brass and other sheet metals at your craft store or hobby store. If you still can't find any brass, check your home improvement store. You should be able to find a brass kickplate for entry doors that would work great. After you cut this pattern, dig through some of your other Christmas ornament patterns. That will give you plenty to cut out with this great material.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Do You Tweet?

This morning, I jumped on the Twitter bandwagon. Twitter is a micro-blogging tool that answers the question, "What are you doing?" The posts are limited to a mere 140 characters and is namely used for basic updates on what you're doing or thinking at that moment. A lot of woodworkers in the woodworking community stay in contact with each other via Twitter. They share ideas, new projects and get advice. Perhaps us scrollers could do the same! Think about it. A network of scroll saw enthusiasts sharing their next project, answering questions, and ranting about how the fast food drive-through forgot your fries again!
Stop by the Twitter website and check out their video. It explains the concept of Twitter very well. After you watch the video, sign up and start tweeting! I've added my Twitter feed to the sidebar. You can also follow my Twitter feed by clicking here. Be sure to let me know what your user name is so I can follow you too! Tweet On!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Wooden USB Thumb Drive

Here's a great project for that tech junkie in your life. This wood enclosed USB thumb drive (a mini hard drive that plugs into a USB port on a computer) can easily be made with nothing more than a scroll saw and a sander. Matt Burns of CrunchGear.com put together this great tutorial, showing you each step of the process with detailed instructions and accompanying photos. He uses contrasting woods for each of the layers to create this unique and beautiful thumb drive you won't find anywhere else. It may look intimidating, but all you need is basic skills and patience. It can easily be accomplished in a weekend. So, give it a try!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Compound Christmas Ornaments for the Scroll Saw

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.