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Scroll Saw HeartKnob

Here's a little project for Valentine's Day.  You might want to make some of these little HeartKnobs for your scroll sawing Heartthrobs.  This is for people who might be finding it a little less easy to tighten that little black knob on their Excalibur, Pegas, or Dewalt (the list goes on).  Just insert this over the black knob and snug up your blade before cutting. Some people might find this a bit "heart wrenching" but others might use it and take your concern for them "to heart."  Your heart might "sink" when a blade breaks, but.... ENOUGH WITH THE HEART JOKES!.

Ok.  I hope you like this project.  I cut mine from 3/4" cherry and rounded the edges on my router -- you might want to do this if you are going to give it as a gift, but it can be cut from just about any wood.  Also might have to adjust the size of the insert hole, depending on how close you cut it.

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3D Compound Cutting Patterns

I've been experimenting with doing compound cuts and designing my own figures.  You are severely limited on the size of the objects you can produce, but it is fun to experiment.  I saw a heart figure which morphs into two lovers kissing, on line, so I thought I'd try making one of those.  I didn't have a pattern so I designed my own.   It was easy to make the side view, but when I had to do the back/front view I had to experiment.  Didn't come out too bad, but might try again with some tweaks.  Tried making my dragon (used as part of the pen holder), and same problem occurred.  Had to experiment with the back/front view.  Well, anyway, I thought I'd pass my findings along.  You might find it fun to cut these.  If you are not sure how to do these cuts check out my video on cutting vases.  I cut my figures from 2 x 4" material cut to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" about 6" long.

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Area 51 Raised Inlay Sign

One of the most popular signs in my Etsy store has been the table top Area 51 Sign I designed several years ago.  I thought I'd update the sign a bit with a variation on the theme and also use a raised inlay to make the sign a bit more interesting.  I cut the sign from maple, but I stained the raised inlays with a chestnut stain to make them stand out.  Also cut a bazaar jagged base to accent the piece -- even left the blade burn marks as an accent.  I have the pattern here for you if you would like to try it, but I have to make two notes here.  First on the pattern I had a problem with the number 5, since the head of the alien is out in the open.  The five becomes rather weak.  You might want to include a little band of wood where the five opens, when cutting.  Also I used 3 degrees on the saw tilt, might want to use 5 degrees instead.  Experiment.
Video: Also did a video as I constructed this sign.  If you'd like to view it it is available on my YouTube Channel.

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Star Wars: I Love You, I Know Table Sign Pattern

A customer of mine requested this piece.  It documents that famous parting remarks made by Princess Leia and Hans Solo, from the movie.  I cut this from curly maple wood and took a piece that had a nice extended knot in it and used it for the base.  Download this free PDF pattern.  Should be for private use only, not for sale.
Golf Outline/Inlay Table Sign Pattern

Well Spring is near and it won't be long before every owner of a golf club set will be heading for the links.  Here's a nice sign you might want to make for your golfer.  It's a little bit different than what I've been cutting.  I cut the word golf as a hollow set of letters including 3 classic silhouettes from the game inside the letters.  I cut mine from 1/4" maple wood and mounted it on a maple custom cut base tacked onto a rectangular base of teak. The teak gives the sign some weight so it won't topple.  Makes a nice display piece.  Download this free PDF pattern
Dragon Pen Holder Pattern

Been working on several new ideas and out of one of them came this little dragon pen holder.  Might make a nice addition to the desk, shelf, or play table of a dragon fan.  It is simple to make on the scroll saw.  The dragons could be stack cut to make them quicker, but I was using thick wood so I cut them individually.  The base is nothing more than a piece of poplar.  I used a compass to make a 4" radius disc and drilled a pen sized hole in the center.  This whole project could probably be made from scraps you have lying around the shop.  

The pattern is rather simple so I made a short video to go along with this.  If you would like to see it you can find it on my channel on YouTube

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However Far... Wall Sign Pattern
"However Far A Stream Flows, It Never Forgets Its Origin."
This ancient African proverb has a lot of depth to it, and has a hypnotic feeling that makes it an ideal wall sign.  Could also be made into a desktop sign as well.  I used a large size for this pattern so you will have to print it out on legal sized paper 8.5" x 11".  Not difficult on most printers.  It would really be dynamic if it was made larger.  I cut mine from Baltic birch ply and painted it black.  Needed something to give the sign some support so I added the little star fish at the weak points, and it seems to have worked out well.  Also added the African Marula tree as a support on the right side of the quote.

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Chinese New Year: Spring 2020

Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. This year it starts January 25.  The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia.  So I thought it fitting to create a nice stand up sign for the occasion.  I cut mine from a piece of 1/2" plywood I had in the shop.  It was thick enough so didn't need a base.  The dragon is the common Chinese symbol and there is also a Chinese symbol for Spring.  While this is good for 2020, it could be modified for other years.  So get your fireworks out (a traditional feature of the New Year) and help celebrate this important event.       Download this free PDF pattern

Dance Raised Inlay Sign Pattern

Here's something a bit different.  I've been cutting signs lately with images cut in the letters of a word or phrase, like the Music and Soccer signs below.  This one was done similarly for Dancers.  Instead of cutting out the figures and leaving an open space, I decided to cut the figures at a 5 degree angle cut on the scroll saw.  This allows the figures to pop out and hold instead of dropping out altogether.  I cut the DANCE from teak and also the figures, but I took the figures and dipped them in a dark stain, then replaced them in the word.  This was all mounted on a rectangle base of cherry and sprayed with a clear sealer.  The pattern shows the left degree cut that is necessary and the direction you should cut to get similar results.  To be sure, do a sample test cut before committing to the final cut.  Download this free PDF pattern.
Music Table Sign Pattern

Music is always fun to work with either in the music room or in the wood shop.  Here's a little sign I put together using an inlay outline of a guitar placed in the word.  I cut mine from teak and then attached it to an off cut from the same pattern.  

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Soccer Inlay Table Sign Pattern

Soccer has become quite the popular sport and is admired by many rabid fans.  So it is fitting that we have an unusual table sign that soccer lovers can enjoy.  Usually I put the figures on top of or aside of the word, but I tried something a little different this time, injecting the action into the word itself.  I cut mine from 1/4" cherry wood and mounted it on the off cut of the same type of wood adding an improvised swirl to the base.  Download this free PDF pattern
All You Need Is Love Table Sign Pattern

Valentine's Day is approaching and you'll need something to give along with that box of candy and flowers.  Here's as nice wood sign that says it all.  I cut mine from a piece of Ambrosia Maple (rather romantic sounding as long as you don't think about the beetle). The streaks of grain give it a whirlwind effect.  I used the cut off from an unusual base which works quite well.

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My Guitar Lounge Door or Wall Plaque Pattern

I play guitar so you will probably find lots of musical patterns here and more coming up related to the guitar and music in general.  I made this one for guitar players who have a dedicated room to store and play with their instruments.  It's sure to be a hit if you were to give it as a gift.  I cut mine from 1/4" birch ply and traced a similar backing board (after I cut it out) from MDF.  Could be stained or painted, but I just painted the backing board black for a nice bold effect.  Haven't done it yet, but I plan to round over the edges to smooth them out and then maybe I'll give the whole project a thick coat of clear spray (satin finish).

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To The Wine Cave Wall Sign Pattern

Ever since the big kafuffle about one of the candidates having a big wine wing-ding in a rather extravagant wine cave of some millionaire lots of people have revealed that they have their own wine caves.  It might only be a couple of bottles kept in the cellar or a large basement wine storage.  In any event here's a sign that you can use to point the way to your wine cave, should you have one.  I cut mine from two pieces of MDF.  The top is 1/4" and the backboard is 1/2".  I painted the top a brown color and the backboard a nice purple, like some of the wine.  Download this free PDF pattern.

Heart Puzzle Pattern

Valentine's Day is a great day for giving gifts, any day is a great day for giving puzzles as gifts.  So here's a simple 12 piece heart puzzle that might make a nice gift on V day or maybe just about any day.  I cut mine from 1/4" birch ply and lightly painted it pink on the front.

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Have Gun Will Travel Keychain Pattern

If you are a fan of the old west on TV you know about this one.  Paladin always gave out a business card similar to the logo here.  One of my western customers wanted something different, so I came up with this.

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Jingle Bells Table Sign Pattern

This nice table sign rings in the season.  I cut mine from 3/4" pine and painted the lettering white and the base a red.  The pattern also includes a compound bell pattern.  I cut the bell from a piece of two by four 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" about 4" long.  I extended the block to 4" so I would have something to hold on to while cutting.  I painted the bell the same red and attached it to the bottom of the J using CA glue.  Makes a nice table ornament.

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The Rifleman (Dual Pose) Portrait Pattern

I've had several requests for more Rifleman projects, so here is another one, a dual portrait of Lucas and Mark McCain from the TV show.

This TV series was (and still is in syndication) a very popular western.  It starred Chuck Connor and Johnny Crawford as the main characters.  The show ran from September (remember when TV shows always started in September), 1958 to April 1963.

I made this pattern with as few cuts as possible and most of it is two large areas.  I cut mine from 1/4" birch ply and painted black a backing board of same wood and glued them together.  I cut the words out from cherry wood, but you can leave it without the title if you like.

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Ice Princess Plaque Pattern

All the kids are agog about the Ice Princess in "Frozen" so I though a nice little plaque for a child's room would be right in order.  I used 1/4" birch ply to cut out the sign and then sprayed it with white paint and covered it with shiny dust to make it look like a cold snowy object.    I then painted a backboard arch which I improvised.  The sign part was glued to the board using a couple of  1/4" pieces of ply to give it a 3D effect.  You could put one of those sawtooth picture hooks on the pack to make this a wall plaque, but I chose to put it on a plate stand.  I got the plate stand from Steve Good's site, if you are interested in this method.  Might make a nice gift for a little one in your life.

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Cat Table Ornament

Might like to make this for a cat lover.  The pattern shows the cat's bottom a solid, but I cut it out for emphasis, but looking at it now, I think it would be better to leave it solid and cut in the leg lines about half way down..  Mine is cut from Padauk and mounted on a layered custom base of cherry and oak on the bottom.


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Dog Heart Table Ornament

Last time we did the cat ornament so it is only fair we do a dog ornament as well.  I cut two of them.  One is from the red Padauk (btw this wood can be toxic so be careful if you use it).  This was mounted on a custom cut base of cherry and layered on top of a maple base.  The other was cut from cherry and layered with Padauk and maple.  Makes a nice display for the dog lover.

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Laurel and Hardy Portrait Scrollsaw Picture

Laurel and Hardy, one of the most hilarious and popular comedy teams of the early 20th century.  If you have never heard of them you are missing a lot, so look them up on YouTube and start laughing. 

Most of the portraits you see for cutting on a scrollsaw are quite detailed and rather daunting for the beginning scroller.  Well this one is an easy one.  There are only a couple of cuts you need to make.  Cut the top portrait out of 1/4" birch ply (a little over 8.5 x 11) and cut a backing board of same size.  Paint the backing board black flat.  After you cut out the top piece sandwich the front and back together with some glue.  The pattern also includes a name logo you can place anywhere on the picture.  This can be cut from a darker wood to make it stand out.  Put a saw toothed hook on the back and you have a nice display.

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Eyebrow Studio Business Card Holder

Eyebrow studios are popping up all over the place and of course they have business cards they like to get out to the public.  I had one customer ask me if I could design one for her studio, so I came up with this little item.  I pass it on in case any of you would like to make one for your eyebrow stylist.  I cut mine from several woods.  I used cherry for the backing 1/4" and glued that to a 1/4" maple base.  The eyeball and brow in the front acts as a card stopper and I cut mine from 1/4" padauk.

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By the way, I also have a scrollsaw eBook of 18 business card holder patterns available in my Etsy store.  You can download it for immediate use.  These are a good assortment of holders for different businesses and usually sell quite well on line and at craft shows.

Welcome To The Nut House Table Sign Pattern

October 22 is National Nut Day, so in anticipation of this great event I've prepared a rather unique comic pattern.  Mine is shown in simulated wood, but you can cut it in any type of wood and put it atop a flat or custom made base.

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Downton Abbey Table Sign Pattern

This is a nice table ornament for the die-hard Downton Abbey fans.  Music is a big part of the series so I used that as the main theme.  Cut mine from cherry and made the base from a piece of padauk I had.

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New Video Available: Making a simple painting bed for small wood projects.  Check it out on YouTube.

The Headless Horseman Table Ornament

He appeared to be a horseman of large dimensions, and mounted on a black horse of powerful frame....Just then he saw the goblin rising in his stirrups, and in the very act of hurling his head at him. Ichabod endeavored to dodge the horrible missile, but too late. It encountered his cranium with a tremendous crash,—he was tumbled headlong into the dust, and Gunpowder, the black steed, and the goblin rider, passed by like a whirlwind.

I still remember the chilling scene from the novel projected in the amazing Disney animation from when I was a child.  This legendary figure can now be cut on your scroll saw.  I cut mine from a piece of 3/4" pine and painted it a flat black, using the cutoff for a base.  I then painted the pumpkin head with orange acrylic paint and sprayed the whole project with a sealer.

Save the story clip above for when you put our this display on Halloween and read it to some young and imaginative goblin you might know.  Or better yet, read the who story of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
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Your UBER Is Here Table Sign Pattern

Here's a cute little sign for the people who are hooked on using UBER.  I wonder if they had these in the old days?



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VIDEO ALERT:  I'm making some toy trucks for a customer and needed a lot of wheels, so rather than cut them one by one with a scroll saw or hole saw, I use this bulk method.  If you need a lot of wheels and don't want to buy them, you might find this method interesting.  I'll be publishing a more detailed video later on.


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Haunted House Table Ornament Pattern

This funky looking haunted house is fun to build and just right for a Halloween display.  You can download the pattern below, which includes the outline for the house and the window frames.  The frames have to be cut out separately and painted black.  The house is painted purple and stands about 10" tall.  I also cut out some slats from 1/4" birch play about 2" wide and measured five sections of the roof to cut the lengths.  Painted them black and then attached with glue and brads.  The whole shebang is attached to a segment of the cut out painted black for a base.

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Check out my eBook of Halloween patterns on Etsy
Karate: Respect and Confidence

When I saw the movie "The Karate Kid" many years ago, I was impressed with the theme.  Most people think of Karate as only a weapon, but the movie impressed upon the viewer that it was more than that.  It was pictured as a whole way of life and the elements of respect and confidence were a part of that life.  I thought it would make a nice table sign, so here it is.  The lettering has an Asian look to it and I attached a dragon's head to the right side of the the sign.  It is cut from cherry wood, but sits upon a custom cut top layered base of curly maple and that in turn sits upon a rectangular mahogany base. Used a round over router bit to shape the edges.  Makes a nice piece for the student of the art.

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I recently had a request for a small half urn that can be used as part of a craft project.  I decided to make the urn using a compound cut, so I designed a small pattern and worked out a system for cutting these Half Urns.  I thought maybe someone else might like to use the idea, so I offer the pattern here and also made a video of the process you can check out on YouTube.

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Bus Driver Blues Table Sign Pattern

That time of year rolls around where the intrepid school bus driver must take his/her seat among the brave.  They haul our kids every day and in the process put up with a lot.  One can almost hear them singin' the blues right now.  A great group of people.

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When Black Cat's Prowl (or When Black Hats Prowl if you say it fast) Table Sign Pattern

Nothing says Halloween like a black cat screech that sends icicles down your spine. And the big H is coming up so you will want to cut out this sign for our seasonal display.

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NEW VIDEO: Camera Security Wedge Cut From Wood

Security is the big word today when it comes to computers and mobile devices and I noticed recently reports of remote meanies who can actually control the cameras built into devices like laptops and tablets.  In control they can spy on you and do other nasty things.  Well here's a little wood device you might want to make for your security.  I've included my plan here and also did a short video on YouTube on assembling this easy to make project.  

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Autumn Scents Table Sign Pattern

When I was a kid one of the most memorable moments was when I walked outside on a crisp October day and caught a whiff of leaves burning.  Today we call it air pollution, but back in those days it was a sweet fragrance a neighbor chose to bestow upon us by burning his extra leaves along the side of the road.  Now a days we have these scents captured in the form of wax candles.  Amazing how the impression of things change over the years.  Here's a sign that reminds us of those scents.  I simulate it here in walnut veneer.

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Picture Me Table Sign Pattern

This sign is for photographer buffs, professional and amateur. Cameras are on all the phones now a days, but I always carry a "real" camera around with me when I go on an adventure.  Ease of use and better picture options are the reasons and I just like having the feel of a camera in my hands.  I guess that's old school, but so am I.

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Cycle Legend Table Sign Pattern

Motorcycles are everywhere and lots of people have a fascination with the machine, so here's a striking table sign you might like to cut for a fellow biker.  I've simulated it in curly maple here.  Let's see what you can do with it.

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Peace Corps Table Sign Pattern

John F. Kennedy started the Peace Corps in 1961 and it has grown and done amazing things since then.  This sign commemorates this wonderful world organization.  Simulated here in ash wood design.

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Brothers Table Sign Pattern

This is a table sign meaningful to all military veterans.  Image shows the sign cut in simulated koa wood and at a perspective angle.

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Gone Haunting Table Sign Pattern

Halloween is creeeeping up on us, so how about cutting something in the spirit of the season.  This might make a good sign to put out when you have gone out.  I picture the image in a cherry finished simulation.

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Missile Launcher Pencil Holder Pattern

This is a little fun project you might want to make for a child you know.  It is a pencil holder in the shape of a Surface-To-Air Missile launcher.  Doesn't really launch the pencils (missiles) but makes them readily available.  Will hold 3 missiles (and is modifiable).  This is an easy project so I made a video for you to follow rather than put all the details here.  You can view the video on YouTube on my Channel.
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The Puck Stops Here Table Sign Pattern

This might make a nice sign for an avid hockey fan.  I did it as a simulation in Padauk but it could be done up in any assortment of woods.

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I Like To Hike Table Sign Pattern

Hiking is good exercise, whether you are going miles and miles or just for a walk around the neighborhood.  Lots of people indulge in this activity so a sign cut from wood might make them very happy. 

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Smart Sleuth Table Sign Pattern

I've always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and the many other fictional detectives.  I thought a nice table sign glorifying this type of fiction would be in order so I came up with Smart Sleuth (think Nancy Drew)  Might make a nice present for a movie for TV fan of mysteries.  Coated this simulation with a Koa veneer.  The image has a perspective to it, but the pattern is pretty straight forward and easy.

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Cloud 9 Table Sign Pattern

Feeling happy?  This sign will help to tell the world.  Nothing like being on Cloud 9.

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Popcorn Lover Table Sign Pattern

the first commercial popcorn machine was invented in Chicago by Charles Cretors in 1885 and ever since people everywhere have been a-poppin.  Make this nice little sign for your popcorn loving friends.

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Enemy Below Table Sign Pattern

This pattern sort of reminds me of a scene from those naval war movies where the ship is quietly moving along the top of the ocean and below lurks the danger of a submarine attack.  Tried to make the fullness of the ocean using a series of waves.

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Got The Beat In Me Table Sign Pattern

Here's a nice sign that will warm the heart of your dancer.  Some people like dancing and some people just can't stop dancing to the beat that drives them.

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Dad & Son Table Sign Pattern

Well, the tree is made of wood and the guitar is made from the wood of the tree, so I guess you could call it Father and Son.  In any even this might make a good gift for a musician or just a general sign for a dad.  I cut mine from cherry and used the off cut to make an interesting serrated base to mount it on.  

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Watching Apollo 11

In the news lately there has been a lot about the Apollo 11 landing on the moon and the attempted assault on Area 51.  So I thought I'd combine both ideas into a little sign with a little twist I call "Watching Apollo 11"  I don't know if there is anything "out there" but we do know the Americans were the first to land on the moon.  Might make a nice gift for a 51 fanatic or any space explorer.

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Rubber Stamp "Dragon Love" Pattern

Thought I'd try my hand at making a rubber stamp with a logo on it, using my scroll saw.  I designed the "Dragon Love" ornament and reduced it in size to about 4"  I cut it out of birch plywood and made a backing for it and a handle to create a "rubber" stamp.  Actually a wooden stamp to use on paper, wood or other materials.  If this work out I'll make other patterns to be used for the same purpose.  I bought an ink pad, but I don't think it was good enough.  Seems like you would need one that is more moist.  But it seemed to work after some practice.  The project is easy enough to make but I made a video which you can check out on my YouTube Channel.

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Wax My Eyeballs Table Sign

Ok, if you are looking for an interesting conversation piece cut out this sign and place it on your desk in public.  Guaranteed to draw attention.  Nobody will know the meaning of this phrase, but I'm sure many people will have opinions and some might be quite hilarious.  I cut mine from a radical piece of wood.  I used a piece of rough flooring made of compressed plywood.  If you need a piece of this wood stop by a local house construction project and I'm sure you will find lots of this discarded by the road. The wood is wild in surface patterns so it makes for a crazy design.

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It's Not Easy Being Me Sign Pattern

Life is tough for everyone and sometime it seems like you can never win.  This might be a good sign for those who feel pounced upon.  

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Arm Lift for The DeWalt Scroll Saw

Use this plan to build the arm lift for use on the DeWalt Scroll Saw.
See video here.

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Guitar Pick Tray Pattern
I needed a container of some sort to hold my assortment of picks so that I could quickly get one when I needed it.  Up to now I had them scattered all over my desk.  So I decided to build this little box in the shape of a guitar pick to fill my needs.  It will hold quite a few picks (standard or thumb and finger).  I made a couple of them (one larger than the other) and one of them has an inlay in the bottom, which I explain how to make. You don't have to use this for picks, of course.  Might make a nice little candy dish.  You can download the free pattern from here.
BUILD VIDEO I've also done a step by step video which shows me making the tray and explains how to do a simple wood inlay, in case you have not done one before.  You can see the video on YouTube in my YouTube Channel.
Glider Puzzle Pattern

This might be a fun puzzle for some childern.  It not only has the challenge of putting the plane together, but also getting the lettering right.  Should be cut from 1/2" to 3/4" woods for standup. 

To save myself some time I'll often design a piece but not actually cut it in wood, such as this one.  I do like to see what it might look like in the end, so I reproduce a simulated image using various veneers to show what the piece might look like in wood.

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Seal Balancing A Hat Puzzle Pattern

Everyone is familiar with this scene.  The ol' seal balancing the hat on his nose trick.  This simple puzzle might be fun for a child.  Monitor use with very young children for small pieces.  Cut from thick pine or maple might be good for this.

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BFF Table Top Sign Pattern

Dracula and Frankenstein Friends Forever (and forever).  I wanted to include a symbol for each, so I used the bat for Mr. D and a bolt of lightning for Mr. F.  These two guys will go on forever, I'm sure.  I made a special cutout top layer for the base and glued it down on a slab of pine.  The rest of the project is cut from an unusually grained piece of poplar.  Makes an interesting conversation piece.

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I'm A Phonee Table Sign Pattern

Here's a sign of the age, just made for the person who can't live without a phone in hand.  I cut mine from a piece of spalted maple and mounted it on an improvised base made from the leftover scrap.  

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5 - 9 Puzzle Pattern

A few days ago I came up with a number puzzle 0 - 4.  I wasn't going to do the rest of the sequence unless there was interest in it.  So guess what?  There is interest in puzzles, so here it is.  Good for kids to learn their numbers.

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She Walks In Beauty Like the Night Table Sign Pattern

This sign is based upon the classic poem written by Lord Byron in 1813.  It is a well know poem often quoted.  Once again I was perplexed how I could add some clouds floating along with a star in the air, so I added the circular frame to help out.  Seems to work well.  The sign is cut from poplar and mounted on a piece of padauk I improvised into a base.

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Bull Head Puzzle Pattern

Is it just me or does he look as though he has a surprised look in his eyes?  The pattern doesn't include the drilled holes for the eyes, but it does seem to give expression to the piece.  This is a simple puzzle (only 8 pieces) but it might  prove a challenge for a young child.  I cut mine from 1" cedar but it can be cut from just about any type of wood.

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Double Lucky Guy (and Double Lucky Gal) Sign Patterns

Some people are just lucky.  Some people are double lucky and this sign celebrates those who feel more than lucky.  Actually this is a double lucky pattern because there are two in the download.  One for the Guy and one for the Gal.

I like to experiment with different kinds of wood and this month's Woodcraft sale paper said they had a wood on sale called Leopardwood.  So I picked up one of the boards (not cheap even on sale) and used it for this sign.  Has a nice effect.  Sort of reddish in color with spots.  I sliced the slab down the middle to make a roughly 1/4" thick piece and used that for the sign.  The top layer of the base is improvised from the left over wood of the blank and I glued this on another improvised maple base.  

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Gorilla With An Ice Cream Cone Puzzle Pattern

Some children might find this amusing.  Yes, it's a gorilla holding an ice cream cone.  One can probably assume it didn't last very long.  Great gift for a young child especially if you make up a story to go along with it.  I cut mine from MDF.  It would probably look better if painted, but I offer it as is.  Perhaps a nice wood could dress it up a bit.

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Smile Grin Chuckle Table Sign Pattern

This philosophical table ornament reminds us that we should keep a lighter attitude to most things in our lives.  Some of my customers have asked why I add certain features to a sign they have requested. Usually it is for support.  For example, in this sign I wanted SMILE and GRIN to float in the air, but this just can't be in a wood display without some support.  So I added the moons or smiles to offer support for the words floating in the air, and the little elf to support the upper deck.  I cut my sign from cherry wood and made a three tone base from scraps I had around.
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0 - 4 Number Puzzle Pattern

Little kids best learn their numbers through practice in a fun song or game.  Well, this large piece puzzle will help young children learn to recognize numbers and sequence.   You can cut this from thick pine or poplar to make a nice stand up puzzle.  It took a while to come up with the key locks, so I'll only work on the next sequence if there is interest in this kind of puzzle.  Drop me a line if you would like to see the next sequence as a puzzle pattern:

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Retired: Not My Problem Table Sign Pattern

I had a job once, I think....Many years ago in a galaxy far far away.  I've been retired for about 15 years and loving every minute of it.  When you think back on it, it's funny how many problems you were involved in or had to solve over the years. Now I can do pretty much whatever I want.  Don't be afraid of retirement.  This sign says it all.  I cut mine from cherry and mounted it on an improvised top layer of cherry from the off cut.  I sat the whole thing on a thin slab of sapele to finish it off.

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Three Headed Dinosaur Puzzle Pattern

Why a three headed dinosaur?  Well, everybody knows that three heads are better than one.  Ok, it's just interesting.  Might make a fun puzzle for children, especially if you make up a story to go along with it.
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Actually you will be getting two puzzles in this PDF.  The other is an interlocking Tree Tree puzzle.
Star Light Star Bright Table Sign Pattern

"Star Light, star bright,
The First Star I see tonight.
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight"

This popular anonymous poem has been recited for years in hopeful dreams.  Don't really need the entire poem to get the feel, as this sign suggests.  Cut this for a child and I'm sure they will recognize it.  I cut mine from sapele and mounted it on an improvised top layer of same attached to a maple bottom.

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Catching Stars Table Sign

This might make another nice children's sign.  I cut mine from cherry and mounted it on a scrap of variegated wood blank that I had from another project.  Also added a piece of paneling on the back to catch the shadows (along with the stars).

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Kokopelli Stand Up Puzzle Pattern

When I was traveling out west I found that the Kokopelli was an extremely popular figure as a fertility deity.  Make what you want of that, but he is always dancing and playing his flute.  I decided to make him into a  puzzle, so I cut the figure from 3/4" pine.  Didn't notice that I had put down my painter's tape over a knot in the wood, so when I peeled it off I coincidentally cut the face around the knot, making and interesting eye piece.  This is not a difficult puzzle but can be fun for a youngster.  I tried to make the pieces as big as possible, but be wary around really small children.

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Gene Autry Round Up Guitar Table Sign Pattern

If you're an old timer like me you will remember the name Gene Autry -- the western hero for many of us kids at the time.  I was inspired by his playing of the guitar to take up the instrument and a couple of month ago I found one of his old Round Up guitars which were sold by Montgomery Ward (another old name from the past).  So I decided to come up with this nice little sign.  I cut it from spalted maple and the top layer of the base is also splated maple with a lot of chips in it, so I decided to stress the whole base.  The only tricky part is cutting out the name letters without botching them up.

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THE SUGGESTION BOX: Many of my signs come from suggestion and a lot from my own inspirations, so if you have any ideas for useful signs, drop me a line and you might see it up here soon.

I Love My Garden Table Sign Pattern

Here's an intricate piece to cut.  Now's the season to start the garden and this would make a nice sign for your favorite gardener (or rabbit).  Nothing fancy in my cut just used 1/2" birch ply for the sign and posted it atop a slab of pine.  The only challenge is probably getting the letters cut out on the sign so that you don't lose any of the defining sections.
Many of my signs come from suggestion and a lot from my own inspirations, so if you have any ideas for useful signs, drop me a line and you might see it up here soon.

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Arm Lift for Excalibur Scroll Saw

Well here's something a bit different.  I've been working on and idea for building a foot lift for my Excalibur scroll saw arm.  At the tap of the toe you can raise and lower the arm easily -- saving wear and tear on your arm and making it easy to lift and lower when you have a lot of cuts on a piece -- fretwork, for example.  I designed this for the Excalibur, but I think it will work with any scroll saw that's arm is lifted.

You can check out the build and the use in my new video on YouTube

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Long Life Table Sign Pattern

There is something peaceful about the Japanese culture and for some reason I associate that with layers.  Well this sign focuses on long life with the bonsai and the symbol for that phrase.  For the first time I tried a three layered base to give a rippling effect.  Sapele, spalted maple, mahogany, and cherry were the four woods I used.  The bases were assembled from cut offs from previous projects.

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Come Sit Table Sign Pattern

This sign brings to mind the comforts of the old front porch where family and friends use to gather to chat (not on line).  Might make a good decoration for a patio or porch.  I cut mine from maple and mounted it on a slab of pine.  Simple, like the life and times it represents.

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My School Bus Driver Delivers Table Sign Pattern

Sometimes little kids don't really appreciate the luxuries they have around them daily.  The school bus driver might be one of them.  This might make a nice gift for a driver finishing off a hectic year behind the wheel.  I cut mine from curly maple and placed it on an improvised 1/4" base which was an off cut from another project I did in cherry.

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Wishes Do Come True Table Sign Pattern

The fairy is a symbol of wishing and the dream of many young children.  This sign would make a nice piece for a child dreamer you know.  I cut mine from 1/4" birch ply and mounted it on a double improvised base of curly maple and sapele wood cut off I had in the scrap bin.

(If you'd like to see how I do these layered bases you can check out a couple of videos I have on My You Tube Channel

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Flag Day Table Sign Pattern

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”  So here we have a table sign commemorating this grand event from our amazing history.  I cut mine from cherry and mounted it on a top layer of the off cut of cherry and placed it on a slab of pine.

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America Or Bust Wall Sign Pattern

Here's something a bit different following the Columbus and America theme.  This is sized for an 8.5 x 11 sheet but cn be resized to make a bigger wall hanging, if you like.   It can be cut from 1/4" birch ply and then spray painted black to make a stunning wall silhouette.


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Hello Coffee Table Sign Pattern

This is for those die-hard coffee drinkers  Makes a nice display for their desks.  I felt the need to experiment here, so I decided to do this from a piece of MDF that was staring at me from below my work bench.  I'd never cut a sign from this material, since I think wood is the best material to work with.  But I decided to give it a try.  This from a piece of MDF that is about 1/2" thick.  Wasn't sure how this was going to come out so I documented my cutting with a video which is now on YouTube if you care to check it out just click HERE.

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National Donut Day Table Sign Pattern

Mmmmm. Mmmm.  National Donut Day is the first Friday of June (coming up soon), so why not make one of these signs as you sip your cup of coffee (see yesterday's sign) and chomp on a nice chocolate covered donut.  I cut mine from sapele wood which gives it that nice chocolate flavor then I added a carefully improvised base of same to bottom it out.  

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Business Card Holders: Banking/Financial and Computer Repair


The two patterns above (click to download) are part of an eBook I am offering in my Etsy store.  These two are free.  If you would like 18 more business card patterns for 18 assorted businesses you can click the link below which will take you to the store for purchase of the eBook which is $8.50 and an immediate download of the complete eBook.
I've been selling these business card holders in my Etsy store and they good sellers, if you want to make them for your shows or for sales at fairs, etc.  The best way to see how these are put together you should check out my YouTube video.  It is really very simple to build after you get the idea.  You can see the video here.

You can order the complete eBook of Business Card Patterns Here

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You Can't Buy Happiness But You Can Buy A Truck

This humorous saying has been around for a while.  Why not make it for a truck friend.  I cut mine from poplar and placed it on a simple slab of sapele.


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D-Day 75th Year Recognition Sign Pattern

D-Day is a point in history few will ever forget.  This sign recognizes the importance of this day (June 6, 1944).  I cut my sign from cherry wood and mounted it on a layered base of cherry and poplar.  I also added a backing board for a 3D effect.  The backing is placed about 1" from the back of the sign and attached to the base.
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Cameo Table Sign Pattern

If you need some practice cutting circles and arches, this might be the project for you. If you are new at scroll sawing cut along the lines as carefully as possible.  It might be difficult at first, but after you have done a lot of circles and arc as in this sign pattern it will become easier.  I like to work at a fast speed once I get the feel of it; seems like the lines come out a lot smoother.  I cut my sign from a nicely grained poplar and tried something a bit different on the base.  I used a piece of mahogany for the bottom but made a bridgework out of maple for the base of the sign to sit on.  Seems to work ok.

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Lasting Love Table Sign Pattern

Some of the most interesting table signs usually depict a scene and this one draws a poignant scene which bring home the passing of time and love.  The young couple in the background have a chance to look into their future in the older couple in the foreground.  Sometimes I difficulty trying to decided where I'm going to place the lettering in relation to the graphic.  Here I was lucky and able to hang them from the clouds above.   I cut my sign from a vivid piece of cherry and mounted it on a flat strip of torrified maple.  Hope you enjoy cutting this one.  
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El amor todo lo puede (Love Conquers All) Table Sign Pattern

Want to impress your Spanish speaking friends, cut this little saying out and present it as a gift. The language truly is beautiful.  I like to experiment with different kinds of wood, so I had this piece of Lati scrap which was just the right size for this table sign.  The wood is really hard, but cut easily if you use a new blade.  I used a  piece of torrified ash for the base.
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Scrollsaw Hero: Steve Good Table Sign Pattern

Ok.  Here's something a little different.  It's my tribute to that Sultan of Scrollsawing, that Guru of the kerf, Steve Good.  We all know of his work and giant contribution to the art of the scrollsaw.  Personally, just about everything I've learned about this art has come from watching Steve Good.  So I thought it about time he has his own sign.  Hope you enjoy cutting it. Thank you Steve for all you have done.  I cut mine from cherry wood and mounted it on a top layer sharp cut graphic which sits upon a pine slab.
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Love That Tune Table Sign Pattern

Just experimenting with this little ditty.  I wanted to use a blank made from a 2 x 4 (cut a slice about 1/4" thick) with a strange grain.  Long lines throughout, sort of reminded me of a musical scale, so I built the pattern around a musical theme.  The 2x4 was a very soft material and very easy to cut, maybe too easy. Had to control the blade as I cut through it.  Placed it upon a thin base of maple to make a neat little sign.  

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Happy Camper Table Sign Pattern

Styled for the outdoorsman this sign might make a nice gift.  Tried something a bit different with this piece.  I cut the sign itself from 1/4" maple, but I found a large branch from a tree so I split it down the middle with my bandsaw and then shaved off the top side also with the bandsaw to make a flat surface.  Glued the sign to it and ended up with a nice rustic base.  The bark came out rather shiny and looks almost brown, but was gray bark, after I sealed the whole project.

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Air Traffic Controllers Table Sign Pattern

This is a complex little sign with the lettering, station, clouds and airplane, but not really difficult to cut.  I cut mine from poplar and used the cut off to shape a rambling base.
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