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Wood Magazine Scrollsaw Patterns



Puzzle makers will love this collection of 31 of the most popular scroll saw projects from the pages of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine. Includes patterns for cuddly cats, Jonah and the Whale, a Wooly Mammoth, a Teacher's Puzzle, and more. All projects feature color photographs of the finished piece, scroll saw patterns, and detailed, step-by-step instructions for easy completion.




Wood Magazine Scrollsaw Patterns



Collecting the most popular designs produced by Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine, this authoritative guide offers 31 creative and colorful scroll saw projects and patterns for upright and interlocking puzzles. Separated by skill level for easy selection, woodworkers will find pieces ranging in themes from animal to religion - including cuddly cats, Jonah and the whale, a wooly mammoth, and the "world's most difficult" four-piece puzzle. All projects feature color photographs of the finished piece, scroll saw patterns, and detailed, step-by-step instructions for easy completion. Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts is a leading magazine for wood crafters and scroll saw artists, and featured projects in this book are contributed by John A. Nelson, Carl Hird-Rutter, Judy and Dave Peterson, Jim Sweet and many more.


Get a piece of yellow pine, white-wood, or cypress seven-eighthsof an inch thick, six inches wide, and twelve incheslong. On a piece of smooth paper draw one-half of a patternsimilar to the one shown in Fig. 15 A; or you may useany other simple design that is free in line and open in theornament. Upon the wood lay a sheet of transfer-paper,with the black surface down, and on top of the transfer-sheetthe paper bearing the design. Go over all the lineswith a hard lead-pencil, bearing down firmly on the point,[47]so that the lines will be transferred to the wood. Turn thedesign around and repeat the drawing, so that the woodwill bear the complete pattern. Clamp the wood to oneside or corner of the bench with three or four clamps. Donot screw the clamps directly on the wood, but place betweenthe jaw and the wood a piece of heavy card-board,or another piece of thin wood, to prevent the clamps frombruising the surface of the panel.


Before beginning on an ornamental piece of work, it wouldbe well to practise on clear pine or white-wood, and to becomedexterous in the use and manipulation of the tools,and to find the ones best adapted to certain kinds of work.The round-pointed tools B and C, shown in Fig. 1, are goodgrounders, and where large work and bold patterns are carriedout they will be found of use.


In order to cut a wood-stamp, it will be necessary to havesome fine carving-chisels, a vise, and sand-paper. Maple,boxwood, or other close-grained wood can be used, and it isbest to cut the die on the end rather than on the side of thewood. Cut your block the size required; then draw thereverse of the design, as shown at Fig. 15. Cut this as deepas you need it, so that ink or marking-paste will not clogthe low parts; then, when the face is properly finished, thedie will stamp an impression as shown at Fig. 14. For largedies it will be necessary to use the wood on the side, asotherwise the blocks would be heavy and hard to handle.Souvenir books or engrossed memorials may be embellished[231]with corner ornaments, as well as with capital letters andborders in red, blue, or gold. Any boy who is interestedin this branch of craftsmanship can get ideas and designsfrom gift books, calendars, show-cards, circulars, and thehost of illuminated and embellished printed matter that isin circulation. When making these selections, however,avoid the commonplace printing-house patterns, and favorthose to be found in the best magazines, art books, andhand-books of ornament such as are shown in Fig. 17, the[232]several parts of which are a miscellaneous lot of ornamentsand letters that can be easily copied by the young die-cutter.


A very simple effect is shown in Fig. 3, and for this roomit will not be necessary to remodel or change any of thewood-work. After removing all old paper from the wallswith hot water and a sponge (and cleaning off the ceilingalso), the walls and ceiling should be given a coat of size.This is made by dissolving a handful of good ground orflake glue in a pailful of water, and then painting it on thewall with a wide brush. Do not slop the size over the floor,nor have your brush too wet with the glue-water when youare using it. Try to work it in well rather than attempt tolay it on thick. When it is dry you can kalsomine, paper,or tint over the walls, and the size will help to hold thecovering material in place. The wood-work in this roomis painted white or a light shade of any color that is easilywashed and kept clean. If paper is to be used on the sidewalls, some very good patterns can be selected at a stockhouse that will not cost more than twenty-five cents a roll.


We will suppose that you have already a desk. Maketwo upright rows of bookshelves far enough apart to allowthe desk to be placed between them. Shut off thelower part of the shelves, on each side, with a door, whichmay be decorated with iron hinges or blackened metal.These false hinges are of course placed against the realones on which the door swings, and are purely ornamental.These little closets make fine places in which to store unsightlybooks and magazines which look untidy but whichone always wants to keep. There is a shelf over the topof the desk on which could be placed a row of plates, atankard, or photographs; and a poster or nice little etchingwould give interest to the big panel. This panel, by-the-way,[319]need not be made of wood, but could be closed in bya piece of colored burlap or buckram. The case would thenhave to be braced by three slats of wood nailed across theback behind the buckram. When completed it will appearas shown in Fig. 23. 041b061a72


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