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Pocket-size Tangram Puzzle

Pocket-size Tangram Puzzle

Clever puzzle-in-a-box provides a portable distraction By Carl Hird-Rutter Tangram puzzles, which the Chinese also call the Seven Boards of Cunning, can create an amazing number of designs using just seven tiles. This project includes two sets of tiles; you can play alone, creating even more intricate designs or play […]

by August 26, 2009 Patterns
Off-road Racing Jeep

Off-road Racing Jeep

Use this clever design in a scout’s Pinewood Derby® or as a working wooden car By Troy Thorne While designing diff erent cars for my son’s Pinewood Derby scouting event, I came up with the idea of a Jeep that meets the offi cial rules for the derby. If you […]

by August 26, 2009 How To, Patterns, Projects
Gift Box Ornaments *correction

Gift Box Ornaments *correction

Layered rings create a hollow center perfect for presenting small gifts The measurement to make the angle block for the Gift Box Ornaments by Dan Van Ess were incorrect. To make the angle block, start with a 2″ x 2″ x 3″ block of wood. Measure in ¼” from the […]

by August 25, 2009 Features
Box of Elves

Box of Elves

Festive linking elves have their own handy storage box By Carl Hird-Rutter Decorative painting by Donna Lloyd What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? A box of elves, of course! Put a fun holiday spin on the classic Barrel of Monkeys game with this Christmas version. The object of […]

by August 25, 2009 Patterns
SpyPod

SpyPod

A decoder ring, rubber band gun, and other secret tools in one compact project that would make James Bond proud As I child I was fascinated by the gadgets that Agent 007 had at his fingertips. When my children were younger, they had their own spy toys and they inspired […]

by August 25, 2009 Features
Osage Orange

Osage Orange

Bright yellow hardwood is excellent for scroll sawing Osage orange is readily recognized by its distinct yellow color. Unfortunately, the vibrant color usually turns a light brown when the wood is exposed to oxygen and sunlight. You can take steps to preserve or at least prolong the vivid yellow color, […]

by August 25, 2009 Product Reviews
Excalibur EX-30 Scroll Saw

Excalibur EX-30 Scroll Saw

The Excalibur EX-30 is one of the largest saws on the market. The generous 30″ throat means you can cut projects up to 30″ long without using spiral blades. The EX-30 is also capable of cutting wood up to 2″ thick. The Excalibur EX-30 is one of the largest saws […]

by August 25, 2009 Product Reviews
Custom Scroll Saw Stand

Custom Scroll Saw Stand

Build an inexpensive stand for maximum comfort and efficiency Standard scroll saw tables require you to stand or use a high stool or chair. I find both of these options uncomfortable after just one hour at work on the saw. To increase my productivity and allow me to work comfortably […]

by August 25, 2009 Shop Tips
Moonlight Stallion

Moonlight Stallion

Galloping horse designed for watermelon carving can be cut in wood By Ball Jay I was pleasantly surprised to discover woodworkers are bringing my pumpkin and watermelon patterns to life in wood. The patterns are extremely versatile and most can be executed in wood with no changes. The opposite is […]

by August 25, 2009 Patterns
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