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Photo Tips

Photo Tips

Want to make your carving project stand out in a photograph? Look no further! Click on the links below to views tips on how to better light, compose, focus, and size your photographs. CLICK HERE for tips about photo lighting. CLICK HERE for tips about photo composition. CLICK HERE for […]

by May 31, 2017 How To, Techniques
Scroll Saw Basics

Scroll Saw Basics

Start every scrolling project with these simple steps. Plus! Troubleshoot common problems   Squaring the Table Most scroll saws have an adjustable table that allows you to make cuts at different angles. There are times when you want the saw set at an angle, but most cutting is done with […]

Word Art from Word

Word Art from Word

Use a common word processing program to create custom patterns By Jon Deck Being a graphic designer, schooled and skilled in the Adobe creative applications, I never had much use for Microsoft Word. When we decided to find an easy way to make word art patterns, I immediately thought of InDesign … […]

by June 2, 2017 Techniques
DIY Plywood

DIY Plywood

Making Your Own Plywood By Bob Duncan When you’re doing a project that requires durable, stable, attractive parts, it pays to skip commercial products and make your own plywood.   There are many kinds of plywood, but they are all made basically the same way: by gluing layers of wood on […]

by March 7, 2017 Techniques
Photo Tips: Composition

Photo Tips: Composition

By Jon Deck Creating a well-lit, properly focused photograph at the right resolution doesn’t mean much if the scene you’ve shot is unclear to the viewer. A photograph that is too far away, lost in a cluttered background, or features huge hands or tools but no action isn’t useful. The composition of your […]

by November 21, 2016 Techniques
Photo Tips: Lighting

Photo Tips: Lighting

Lighting By Jon Deck Temperature This does not refer to the heat created by a bulb, but the hue or color of the light produced from a light source. The most common problem I find in a series of photos is that the color will shift dramatically from shot to […]

by July 18, 2016 Techniques
Photo Tips: Focusing on Image Clarity

Photo Tips: Focusing on Image Clarity

Focus By Jon Deck In this age of digital manipulation, the computer can enhance and correct images in many ways. However, there’s no software program that can sharpen an image that is out of focus. The only way to assure a crisp image is to take one. Almost every digital […]

by February 4, 2016 Techniques
Photo Tips: Resolution

Photo Tips: Resolution

By Jon Deck I am constantly sought out to evaluate images that are sent to us by contributors. And the first thing I look for is the resolution of the photo. Many times we receive images that are far too low in resolution to meet the quality of our printed […]

by December 30, 2015 Techniques
Teaching a Tween

Teaching a Tween

Want to get the kids in your life into scrolling? Grab some scrap wood and follow our easy instructions.   1. Prepare the wood. Sand the wood and remove the sawdust. Explain that it is easier to sand a large piece of wood than a small cut puzzle piece. Use your […]

by November 5, 2015 Techniques
Cutting Dovetails By Hand

Cutting Dovetails By Hand

Basic techniques to cut dovetails with a few hand tools In the Great Book of Woodworking, the Editors of Skills Institute Press provided an article on making a Shaker-style step stool. In the article, the editors demonstrated how to cut the dovetails with a router, but, and jig. For instructions on […]

by December 3, 2014 Techniques