I made a few scroll saw name puzzles recently and I thought I would show you how I make them.
First I create a new word document. I then type in the name I want to cut and change the page orientation to landscape. I then highlight the text set it to 250 pt, right click on it and select font. Under the advanced menu I select condensed, and 30 pt. You will have to adjust the amount you condense the font based upon the size and type of font used.
I right click on the word again and select font. This time I click “Text Effects” and choose no fill.
I thin chose a solid black outline.
I print the name out and draw in the puzzle bubbles by hand.
I spray adhesive on the back of the pattern and let it dry about 5 minutes till it’s tacky.
I then press the pattern on a scrap of wood.
I use my scroll saw to cut out the letters.
I sand the letters by hand till I am happy with the finish.
In this video I show how I make a beeswax paste finish for my woodworking projects using beeswax and olive oil.
The ingredients I use are-
1 Cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 oz stick of beeswax (link to Amazon)
1 microwave safe container, (I use a jar that used to have Wylers Chicken Bullion Cubes) (link to Amazon)
In this video I go over making wooden wheels with a drill press.
These wheels are the kind I use for the toys in the How to Make Wooden Farm Toys Book.
I cut out the wheel with a hole saw, the hole saw size should be about 1/4″ bigger than the size of wheel you want to cut out. This is because the hole saw is sized for its outside diameter and the wheel you cut will be the inside diameter. Take care to drill safely and slowly and follow all the manufacturer recommendations for your tools and equipment.
After the wheel is cut on the hole saw it is very rough. I run a quarter inch bolt through the wheel so I can chuck the wheel in the drill press for sanding.
I finish my toy wheels using a beeswax/oil finish or just a cutting board/mineral oil finish.
After the article “Paint the Flowers on the Wall” we have had some interest in the pattern to make one of these flower coat hooks. I made a pattern and some instructions to cut out one of these flower hooks yourself you can download a pdf of the plans by clicking here or on the image below.
Remember to drill the center to 1/2 inch diameter and to glue and pound in a
3 1/2 inch shaker peg as seen in the photo below.
Add some hanging hooks to the back and you will have nice flower coat hook.
I have just finished creating a model of an entryway locker that I plan to start building soon as a donation to for a local charity dinner. When finished I will post pictures of the construction and detailed plans.
Click on the picture below to be able to interact with a 3D PDF model of the Locker. Note you will need Adobe Acrobat reader installed in order to view and interact with the model.