Techniques

Coloring With Natural Dyes

Coloring With Natural Dyes

Use common kitchen ingredients to make lively dyes Color your toys beautifully and safely by dyeing them with natural berries, spices, and plants. These safe, nontoxic dyes are easy to make and fun to apply, and will tint your toys with a wash of transluscent color. Natural dyes are best […]

by September 13, 2011 Techniques
Maintaining Maximum Control

Maintaining Maximum Control

Learn the correct way to hold and maneuver a scroll saw blank In the Summer 2011 issue of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts (SSW43), long-time scroll saw author and instructor Joanne Lockwood shares a few techniques for beginners. Joanne has always felt the best way to learn scroll saw techniques […]

by March 23, 2011 Techniques
Wavy Snowflakes

Wavy Snowflakes

Easy to make wavy snowflake project Children are taught early on that no two snowflakes are alike. So, it’s fitting that this fascinating project is one that anyone, including youngsters—with some help—can make. To ensure that each snowflake is different, don’t be exact when tracing the lines for the snowflake […]

by September 2, 2009 Techniques
Scroll Saw Joinery

Scroll Saw Joinery

Making the table saw jigs You will need a table saw jig, to make hinges, cut box sides, cut slots in box sides for the box bottom, and to cut the 45 degree beveled box corners. My table saw jig is 20″ x 24″, but, if you have a smaller […]

by September 2, 2009 Techniques
Homemade Relief Cutting Gauge

Homemade Relief Cutting Gauge

Practice your relief cutting skills while making a useful shop tool Relief cutting is a great way to add depth to a project —but it is some-times tough to know what angle to set your table and what direction to cut. All saws cut differently, so when a pat-tern tells […]

by September 1, 2009 Techniques
Rotating Christmas Pyramid

Rotating Christmas Pyramid

Tips for making your pyramid spin better Deb, who is excited about getting her Rotating Christmas Pyramid to turn under candle power, shared the things she did to make it work: 1. I assembled the top section and dry fitted it then drilled the 7/16″-diameter hole in the roof and […]

by August 31, 2009 Techniques
In The Best Light – Photographing Your Artwork

In The Best Light – Photographing Your Artwork

Affordable tips and techniques for better quality photos Many contests and shows require you to send in photographs of your project along with your application. But not everyone can afford to hire a photographer to take professional photos of their project. A poor-quality photograph can make an excellent project look […]

by August 31, 2009 Techniques
Adapting Patterns

Adapting Patterns

Converting a line drawing to a scroll saw pattern To transform a line or shaded pattern into a series of planes, or shapes suitable for scrolling, it is best to think in terms of distinctive masses within the picture. These can come in two forms: 1) distinct independent elements, such […]

by August 28, 2009 Techniques
Cut Down to Size

Cut Down to Size

Simple techniques to mill thin wood for scroll sawing Resawing is the process of cutting a board through its width, making it into two or more thinner boards. Resawing thick wood into a number of thin slices is a great way to get the most out of rare wood. The […]

by August 26, 2009 Techniques
Carving on Fretwork Creates Lifelike Portrait

Carving on Fretwork Creates Lifelike Portrait

3D Tiger leaps from the wood I developed a new technique to bring fretwork portraits to life. This carved-fretwork technique combines traditional scrolling with basic relief-carving techniques. The combination brings the portraits to life with depth and dimension. Creating carved fretwork is not difficult. The technique enhances the fine fretwork […]

by August 25, 2009 How To, Projects, Techniques