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Guitar? Sign Pattern
This is a humorous table sign pattern for the guitarist. Something like the old Got Milk? slogan. NAMM estimates that there are at least 20 million guitar players in the USA, so there should be some interest for this sign if you want to cut one.
I represent it here in padauk wood, but it should look just as nice in birch plywood.
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Thanks Pumpkin Sign Pattern
Fall is just around the corner and signs and ornaments for the season are very popular. Here's one I put together that might accent your season.
I cut mine from 1/4" birch plywood and left it plain wood. If you have the artist in you, you could make a nice colorful display with this pattern. It can be cut from better woods of course and resized to make it into an ornament to decorate gifts.
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Birthday Yearly Ornament Patterns
There always seems to be a birthday and I thought it might be handy to have an ornament for the occasion. Actually this could be used as hanging ornament, a tag for a birthday gift, a cake topper, or some other festive display. Its about 6" but can be resized to make it bigger or smaller. The pattern pack has 10 ornaments from year 1 to year 10 represented by the number of candles shown on the pony. I represented mine as plain white with polka dots in color, but you can do it any way you like. Should be cut from 1/4" birch ply or some other thin wood.
Ornaments 3 Pack Patterns
Halloween is coming up so I thought I would design several ornaments
for the occasion. These are about 3 -4" in size, but you can resize
them to match your needs.
Legend has it that all cactus arms always pointed down to the ground, until this dastardly incident happened, a long time ago.
Well to commemorate this startling event here is semi-humorous table sign you might like to cut out. I cut mine from 1/4" birch plywood and used the off cut as a base. This "historic" event is now emblazoned in wood.
Drive Car Pattern
I thought I'd get myself a new set of wheels, so I went into my shop and fired up my scrollsaw (after making the pattern) and came up with this little doozy of a vehicle. Sure I can't drive it around (but where am I going to go during this pandemic anyway), but I can dream.
You can dream too, if you cut this from 1/2" pine (I used my favorite wood 2x4). The wheels were cut 1 1/2" from same. I indented them first using a forsner bit and then drilled the holes for the dowel. I didn't paint mine, but you might like to come up with some sleek color to make it really cool.
To School 2020
This pattern reflects the predicament we are in today with the ever spreading pandemic. Lots of kids will be going back to school by staying home, stretched out on their beds or floors staring at a computer. Hopefully someday we will be able to look back on this sign and wonder how we did it.
I hope you are all keeping safe and being able to make use of the time in your shops. We are lucky to have this hobby to help us keep our sanity.
Fall Sign Pattern
The sun is a little lower, there's fog in the mornings, and the scent of fall is in the air, so why not cut a nice pastoral wood sign to capture the feeling.
I cut this harvest sign from 1/4" birch play and used the off cut for the top layer of the base. Also added a second layer to make it more interesting. If you are good with paints this might make a stunning piece for your fall display.
Scimitar Compound Cut Pattern
"Avast ye matey" means "stop" or "cease" if you are a pirate. But you won't want to Avast with this project. It is a fun little Pirate Scimitar ( sword) that can be cut from wood. It makes a nice display piece if not a powerful sword. The pattern is a 14" one which means you will have to print it out on legal sized paper. Most printers can do this. I cut mine from a section of 2 x 4 which I cut down to a blank 1.5" x 1.5" x 14" (this is a compound cut on the scroll saw. If you are not familiar with this method check YouTube for demos, there are many). Actually I made it a little bit longer than 14" so I'd have grips for cutting. When you remove the sword from the wood you should sand it down to get all the fuzzies off and round over the edges. I used my sanding mop.
Cowboy Way Sign Pattern
In the old west of the movies the cowboys lived by a code of honesty and this sign expresses some of the main code ideals. It can apply very aptly to today as well and might make a nice sign for a kids room. I've used the old west theme, but you could modernize it -- the rules don't change.
I cut mine from curly maple on the letters and used 1/4" birch ply for the backing with a border of curly maple. The back and frame were stained. The stars are left natural from cherry wood.
The pattern is in legal size format 8.5 x 14 so it can be printed on a regular printer. You could reduce it if you like. The stars are also included in the pattern.
Note Holder Pattern
So, what can you say about the Goose? Here's a bit of history on this unique creature: "Symbolic goose meanings include teamwork, willpower, fortification, courage, confidence, companionship, valor, fidelity and communication. The history of goose is found in mythology and lore. It was considered to be a sacred bird in the temples. Geek mythology recognized geese as an animal of the winter solstice."
That's a mouth to be said about the Goose. Our goose note holder is simple and useful. You can store some small sheets of paper in the note box and use them for reminders. Take the note you write an stick it on the unicorn-like horn of this goose and you bring some important info to attention.
I cut mine from oak and cherry and stained it a dark color. The legs were made from a couple of pieces cut from a dowel and the box and base were put together on the fly. It's all described in the pattern here. Give it a try if you want to make a unique gift for someone
Hanger Compound Cut Project Pattern
You can go out and buy those metal sawtooth hangers when you have a picture or plaque to hang, but it is just as easy to make your own out of what you cut best -- wood.
I cut mine out of simple pine from a 2 x 4, but you can use any wood you like. And they are easy to make, even though it is a compound cut. This is cut from a 1" cube of wood, so it is easy to manipulate on your saw. I've also done a little video which you can watch on YouTube to see how I make these little gems.
The pattern has three different sizes, but you can resize it to what you need.
or Evil Table Sign Pattern
I'm always on the lookout for some new idea that can be made into a sign pattern. So when a friend of mine posted these letters up on his page I thought it might make a good topic with the addition of a couple of figures.
What is it? Oh, well, if you study the sign carefully you will either see GOOD in it or you will see EVIL. I'm not saying that it is any reflection on your thoughts, but it makes for a nice optical illusion in wood.
Walker 1846 Replica Pattern
If you have been following my work for a while you know I'm a fan of the old west, and the other day I got inspired to try and make a wood replica of the famous Colt Walker revolver.
Here's a little blurb on the gun: The Colt Walker, sometimes known as the Walker Colt, is a single-action revolver with a revolving cylinder holding six charges of black powder behind six bullets (typically .44 caliber lead balls). It was designed in 1846 as a collaboration between Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker and American firearms inventor Samuel Colt.
Well, here's my rendition of the gun cut from wood. It is basically a skeleton framework with parts attached with CA glue. I painted it black and mounted it on a back board and also made some lettering for a title. These are optional pieces.
Kids can have some fun with these guys. First you'll have to cut out the shapes, using the pattern here. You can use other stick figure patterns also, just cut off the heads and you are ready to go. Kids need to go looking for some nice shaped acorns, preferably with the caps on. These usually start to clutter the grounds around mid summer into autumn. Drill and inset hole on the tops of each of the characters and use a few drops of CA glue to put on their heads. Like Frosty the Snowman, they almost seem to come alive. It would help also if you have an artist to paint some facial features or body features.
To You Note Holder Pattern
The paper clip was invented in 1899 (keep that little fact in mind in case you are ever on Jeopardy). In Norway the paper clip was used as a secret symbol of unity against the Nazi's during WWII (there's another one).
I used the paper clip as thee centerpiece for my sign which makes a nice note holder as well. I cut mine from 1/16" mahogany plywood (so that the clip would be flexible) and mounted the whole shoot-n'-match on a walnut base.
Surface Puzzle Pattern
If this puzzle looks a little bit odd, it's because it is. I call it a surface puzzle because the actual puzzle floats on the top of a backboard surface and locks into place by special pins at strategic points. So a flat puzzle with no real locking pieces can become a meaty stand up puzzle.
I cut the backing board from 1/2" MDF, but the puzzle itself is cut from 1/4" birch plywood. The locks between the pieces are just half circles. They don't really hold the pieces together. The real holding is done by the five locking pieces, which are planted down with a 3/4" dowel. To see how all of this works I've done a video available on my channel on YouTube. If you would like to cut one of these I would suggest you take a look at this first.
I left mine in plain wood, but I'm sure some color using black and white might make this an interesting piece. It's a little bit different, but it makes for a nice thick puzzle when you are done. Download this PDF pattern.
Microphone Table Ornament Pattern
If you have been following my patterns for the scroll saw, you have probably noticed a common theme: Old. Yes, I'm old and love a lot of the things from the past, so you will probably have to put up with a lot of "old" patterns.
Here's a gem for you older people (or young people who follow old). This is a simulated old time radio microphone. It is only one of many shapes that were used on radio in its heyday. The radio station use to have their logo and call letters on a banner above or somewhere on the mic, so I've included that in the pattern. Station WRWC stands for Real Wood Crafts. In the pattern you can cut this version, but there is also a blank version, so you can stencil in your own letters for cutting.
I used 1/4" birch plywood and layered the pattern to beef it up. The two outer layers can be stack cut to save time. I didn't paint it, but you expert painters might want to give it some real class with colors.
Well, hope you like this. Download this free PDF pattern
Forget Your Hat Pattern
Lately I've been running outside in the hot sun forgetting to put my hat on. Don't have much hair to cover up the real estate. So I thought I'd make up a little reminder sign for me and my hat which also serves a a hanging place.
This can be cut from a variety of woods, but I used up some of my 1/2" plywood, since it is going to be in a sheltered place near the door. Also coated it with a thick layer of sealer to fight off the dampness.
I used my scroll saw to cut the sign and hook separate and then made a T shaped backing. Glued the sign to the top with CA glue and screwed the hook to the lower backing, so that you can hang your hat and still read the sign. The whole shoot-n-match screws to the wall nicely.
This could prove a nice gift if you know a gardner like me who is always running out without is hat.
This summer I've noticed a wave of creatures invading my garden. Some of them are destructive in their foraging (but I've learned to live with it) but some are just plain ol' cute. I have a group of bunnies that come for a visit every day and the only thing I've seen them eating is grass and clover, so I just sort of sit back and enjoy them. Here' a little garden sign you might want to make. You could do it from natural wood or use a synthetic and paint it black. Either way it should make a nice addition to your garden atmosphere.
Bear Toy Pattern
This toy for young children goes right up there with kick the can and tiddley winks. As kids I'm sure you had the occasion when bored to spin a coin on a table, or something bigger. Well here's where Spinner Bear comes in. Any child can just hold the spinner using the thumb and first finger and give it the hardest twist he can to see how long he can make Spinner Bear rotate. SB always ends with a slow vibrating dish twisting at its end.
I cut mine from 1/2" MDF but it could be cut from any type of wood. I then rounded over the edges using my router and then sanded the whole piece nice and smooth. I also have a short video on YouTube showing how to grab and spin this little demon, so you might want to check it out.
Ok, so get on your saw and give this project a whirl.
Horse Tavern Sign Pattern
Here's a fun historic project you might like working on. It is an ornamental old fashioned tavern sign with a 1776 label at the bottom. You might have seen a sign like this had ou been traveling on horseback through the country side in the old colonial days.
The thing that is unique about this is that I cut it entirely from a sing 2x4 (my favorite wood). I found quite a few of these 2x4's along the roadside one day and decided to make use of them. I took one and resawed it into 1/2" thick blanks then glued them into sizes I needed. This is all explained in a video I made as I put this together. You can view it on YouTube in my channel here.
I stained the backboard, but you can make this more rustic by stressing the wood and maybe washing it in a gray water paint. It's open to your imagination.
Windshield Washer Pattern
Ok, there's a story behind this. I was sitting the car staring out the front window waiting for my wife to finish with her hair dresser appointment when I noticed how streaked with a film the window was. Now I hate cleaning the interior because you have to become a contortionist to do it, twisting and turning over and behind the steering wheel, the rear view mirror, etc. So while I was sitting there it occurred to me that I might be able to make a little tool to make the job easier. May I present you with (drum roll) the Interior Windshield Washer (cut from wood on your scroll saw.
It's fairly easy to make using the pattern I have for you. After cutting it take a section from an old towel and wrap it according to the instructions shown on the pattern sheet. Soak the towel piece with Windex or some other favorite cleaner of your choosing and you are ready to stroke your window to clarity. You'll be just waiting for it to cloud up again so you can use this handy tool. Pattern and wrap instructions are included in pictures.
Bridge Pin Holder Pattern
Ok, if you are not a guitar player you probably won't know that this is or have any use for it. But there are thousands (maybe millions) of guitar players who can use one of these, so fire up your scroll saw and cut one out for a guitar player you might know. He's (she'll) thank you for it.
Whenever you change strings on your guitar you pull the pins and lay them on a table, where they immediately roll around or fall on the floor. With this handy device you can put your pins in the slots as you take them off the guitar -- in order -- and then as you replace the string, you can easily grab a pin to replace in the bridge. Simple and handy. Good for standard 6 string guitars but it can handle others up to 12 strings.
I cut two of them. Both were from spalted maple, but on one of them I did an inlay of a seagull, cut from tiger wood. Also slotted around the perimeter to make it a bit fancier. Can be cut from MDF or plain ol' pine if you have a mind to. The pattern also includes the seagull if you want to do an inlay or a smaller one to just glue to the front of the holder. If you are not familiar with doing simple inlays, check out my video on YouTube where I use an inlay in my guitar pick tray.
Table Sign Pattern
On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on the fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event. And you thought it was just a day of fireworks (just kidding).
Well, here's a nice wood sign you can cut to help celebrate the popular date.
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Door Knocker Pattern
You might be able to use this as a real door knocker, but I designed it as a hanging ornament. It sits on the wall or door and the knocker moves up and down like a real knocker, using my simple hinge system.
I cut mine from curly maple because it makes for a heavier ornament. I also used padauk for the hinge block and the knocker knob. The pattern is a nice convenient size, but you can enlarge it and make it out of heavier wood, if you like. I used a carpet nail for the back of the knocker so that the knocker is raised away from the surface the anchor is placed on. You can experiment and try other enhancements.
The pattern sheet includes a couple of pictures to show how I made the hinge, which is basically two brads with their heads removed and inserted in the flexible knocker ends. Drill a hole on each side of the hinge block and insert the nails to make the flexible hinge. If you need any further info, contact me.
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Table Sign Pattern (4 Pack)
Here's Google's definition of SOLDIER: n a war, soldiers are the people who do the fighting, on the ground, in planes, or from boats. Soldier is also a verb that means to serve in the military, or to continue on through difficult times. ... To “soldier on” means to not give up even when life is tough, like soldiering on through difficult vocabulary.
This sign reflects the soldier as a military person, but all of the ideas above are in it as well, including a little timeline from colonial days to present military. I cut mine from 1/2" plywood and used the off cut for a base because it reflects the images above, in silhouette. I also put a curved backing to make the soldiers stand out and the letters more readable.
I've put three other patterns in the pack with
different saying and one is a blank in case you want to stencil in your
own saying or open the image in Photoshop Elements or some other picture
Yard Boss Table Sign Pattern
Here's a fun sign for your table. In the summer I become the yard boss and worker. This is why I've been slacking off on pattern making for the last few times. It's getting busy around here with the garden, lawn, and shrubs. But I'll try to keep up the patterns as best as possible.
I cut mine from a 1/4" piece of birch ply and of course used the off cut to make a rather zany base for the sign. Maybe you can make one of these for a yard boss you know (or are;).
America Sing Table Sign Pattern
Lots of people are writing songs during their hold up with the virus and therefore you should hear more singing going on. In this piece Lady Liberty holds up a guitar with music pouring from her book.
I cut mine from 1/4" birch ply and used the off cut for a base.
In the 65 Club Sign Patterns
65 is kind of a right of passage age for the elderly. When you reach that age everything changes -- sometimes for the good (discounts), sometimes for the bad (a new ache). It's a special elite club that takes a long time to get membership in, so why not announce it.
Here are four signs you can cut for the newbee to old age. Two of them are table signs. The 65 Club for those who just got there and the 65+ Club for those who are already experienced in the ways of the club. There are also two plaques announcing membership 65 and 65+. These all make great light-hearted gifts for someone who is dying to get into the club.
I cut mine from my go-to wood -- the 2x4. It is amazing the nice grain inside some of these construction timbers if you slice them open. I cut mine to a 1/2" slab and found a nice wavy grain inside. Of course I used the off cut for a base, after some modification.
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Mom Table Sign Pattern
The APPA estimates there are 90 million dogs in the US, and I have a feeling there are at least half as many dog mom's who love their pets. This sign is for them.
I cut mine from 1/4" birch pine and mounted it on the off cut with some modification. Why the dots on the M? Something different to draw attention to your pattern.
On Sign and 3D Pattern
Well, this might not be for everybody but I had some fun cutting it out and putting it together. If you know a rock or gem collector it might make a nice little gift for them to display their favorite rock.
This is a two part project. I cut the sign out of 1/4" birch ply and mounted it on an improvised base of maple. The pedestal is a Compound Cut in modern style fit to the rock I had. It should fit a lot of other gem stones for rocks you might choose to use, or you could make it a bit smaller or larger as needed.
The pedestal is glued to the end of the base and the whole shebang is given a coating of lacquer spray.
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Morning Sign Pattern
There's nothing like waking up on a bright sunny morning with a Good Morning greeting. To assure you will have one all the time cut this sign and place it on your breakfast table. Might also make a nice gift for a friend who could use a Good Morning once in a while.
I cut mine from 1/4" oak plywood and mounted it on an improvised oak base.
Birth of A Nation: Silent Movie Title Sign Pattern
I've always found movies fascinating, especially silent movies, because so much is required of the viewer to understand and enjoy the story being told. The great Civil War epic, The Birth of a Nation was a landmark silent film, released in 1915, that was the first blockbuster Hollywood hit. It was the longest and most-profitable film then produced and the most artistically advanced film of its day. It secured both the future of feature-length films and the reception of film as a serious medium.
One of the most interesting features of the silents was the title cards that appeared throughout, starting with the title screen. Here we have a simulation of the title card for The Birth of a Nation, cut in wood. I cut mine from 1/4" cherry and mounted it on a simple walnut base.
Tac Toe Game Pattern
Here's a pattern I made up so you can make your own 3D version of Tic Tac Toe. It's easy to cut and all the pieces in the pattern can be stack cut if you want to make more than one set or simply save yourself time cutting the x's and o's.
I cut the frame from 1/4" birch ply and glued it to a 1/2" birch play backing board a little bit larger. I also rounded over the edges of the boards to make the feel smoother. I also stained the board using a dark oak stain and coated the board with a clear sealer.
The x's and o's are cut from 1/4" birch ply. I sanded them smooth but left them plain wood. There are 9 of each piece in the pattern so you will have plenty of extras.
This is a fun project to make and can be fun to play, so give it a whirl.
Recently a friend of mine asked if I could design a 2 dimensional flower pot with three holes drilled down into the pot so that she could insert some artificial flowers and hang this as a summer ornament from her porch. Sounded pretty ingenious to me, so I came up with this pattern. As you can she she added some paint and some nice looking artificial geraniums to come up with a spectacular display.
It stands about 10" tall. I didn't have any board that size so I took a 2x4 (my goto lumber) and sliced several pieces from it to 3/4" size and glued them together to make the board I needed. I then was able to draw my pot and cut it using my scroll saw. Before cutting, however, I used my drill to drill down about 5" into the top edge of the board (soon to be the top of the pot).
Seems like it worked out ok.
Table Sign Pattern
According to the dictionary, the soloist is one who performs alone. It doesn't have to pertain to music. You can solo in many fields. But when one thinks of the word one thinks of the musician. If you know a soloist who plays violin, cello or other instrument, this might be just the sign to make for them. When cut from a fine wood it will make an excellent gift.
Your MOA: Medical Office Assistant
There are lots of people fighting to keep us healthy and safe in this crazy virus infested world. Sometimes we concentrate on honoring the forerunners (which we should) but forget the average worker who is helping just as much.
Recently had a message from a subscriber who felt that we should
recognize another in the medical field, known as the Medical Office
Assistant. So I came up with this sign which emphasizes my
feelings for the everyday worker in this seeming endless fight.
Place Sign Pattern
Everyone is looking for one of these today, so why not have a sign that labels your Safe Place. Can be used as a stand up sign or a door or wall sign.
Lucky Star Pattern
Here's an attractive looking table or shelf sign you might want to cut for a special someone. Could be for a birthday, special occasion, Valentine's day, or just a plain ol' nice gesture gift.
I cut mine from 1/4" spalted maple and again used the off cut for a base, with some mild trimming and rounding over.
I might use this pattern to point out Scrollsaw Editing. If you take a look at the pattern offered here, you will notice some differences between it and the final piece. That's because as I was cutting I noticed that some pieces (like the lower beam of the star needed to be longer to give some support to the heart and the star (did this in a couple of places). Also noticed that some of the letters could have better definition by cutting into the wood to suggest a part of the letter not shown -- adding detail. I do these on the fly as I cut, that's why I call it editing or making beneficial changes as I go along. Don't feel you have to cut my patterns exactly on the line. Sometime a bit of personal imagination will make for a better piece.
Dino Play Toy Pattern
I'd like to introduce you to Baby Dino, a little creation for kids that came out of my head. This is an easy project to make. Actually I cut at 2x4 into a couple of 1ft sections and then sliced them down the middle to make 1/2" (roughly) thick blanks. From these I cut out the pieces. You'll see when you download the pattern. I cut the body and head separately but I stack cut the legs and arms to speed things up. I needed a spring for the head so I made one. If you are unfamiliar with how to make a spring, you can check out my fortune teller video on YouTube to see the technique
I attached the spring by leaving two long ends on either side and drilling corresponding holes in the head and body. Put a drop of CA glue in each hole and inserted thee end of the spring. Holds pretty good. The pattern explains other changes I made.
Kids like dinosaurs and they will probably have fun coloring this one and helping you put it together. The arms and legs are positionable and the head is a great bobber. Download this free PDF pattern
Pit Puzzle Pattern
This would best be done as a flat puzzle, probably from 1/4 - 1/2" birch ply. It's a little bit complex and might make you dizzy, but it certainly is a challenge. The snakes are actually the letter S from this font. So give it a try if you are up to cutting something like this
Table Sign Pattern
Yoga was introduced to America in the 18th century and was originally practiced as a form of healing. Of course it has gone rampant today with just about everyone wanting to know what it is all about.
This sign as a little look of the mystique of yoga. Would
probably make a nice gift for someone who is really into the
practice. I cut mine from a piece of pine about 3/4" thick
and used the off cut as a base, after a bit of trimming and sculpting.
of the Ornament Pattern
Sorry about the pun, but I couldn't resist it. I always liked that movie logo with the strongman hitting the gong with a giant mallet. You can watch it on YouTube, if you don't know what I mean.
Well this gong won't ring out and it is decorated to be a table ornament. I cut mine from a couple of different woods. The frame was cut from alder and stained lightly. The gong itself is cut from spalted maple. The base if plain ol' pine painted a deep red. I also put a backer on the gong and painted it the same color as the base, giving the whole project the feel of the ancient past. I used some of that copper wire that is wrapped around those scroll saw blades when you buy a pack. Makes a nice invisible hanger. Makes a nice decoration for those into art of the orient.
2020 Three Pattern Table Sign
Even though graduation ceremonies might be cancelled or postponed
this year due to the virus, you will want to give a congratulatory gift
to your graduate, and maybe this sign could be part of the gift so that
they can remember the momentous day and the glee from all their hard
Tuning Table Sign Pattern
Great gift for the Ukulele player. The ukulele has become quite popular of late: easy to carry, easy to learn to play. Why not make a sign to help the player remember the four open strings in standard tuning GCEA. The uke is often associated with Hawaii so I've added a nice big hibiscus flower to top it off.