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.
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 needed a feather-board to guide some wood through my router so I drew up this quick feather-board pattern. Click here for the full size pdf pattern or click on the picture of the pattern below.
I made my featherboard from some 1/2″ thick plastic I had purchased from a surplus pile at a local hardware store.
Even a kids toolbox is not complete without a good saw. For filling out that toddler toolbox you can download our pattern and cut one on yourself.
This toy saw can be made from a scrap of 1/4″ plywood or any other 1/4″ thick material you choose. It consists of three pieces easily cut on a scroll saw. Click here or on the picture below to downoad a free pdf of the pattern with instructions and then you can follow along with the pictures below to see how I made mine.
You can see in the picture below I cut the three parts of the saw from an 8″ X 10″ piece of scrap 1/4″ plywood.
I then glued and clamped the boards together. I used Gorilla Wood glue, but any polyurethane wood glue should work fine. Make sure to remember to use a piece of scrap material under the clamps as to not dent the wood.
Finally I hand sanded the saw to 220 grit. You can finish the saw with the child safe finish of your choice or you can leave the toy unfinished.
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A friend mentioned he needed a pattern to cut out a wooden spoon, so I quickly made one up. You could use this for a real cooking spoon or you could scale it down and use it for a play spoon.