My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #658: Wonderful Progress

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-01-2012 11:26 AM 3963 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I had a really good day cutting. I spent the majority of the day at the scroll saw working on cutting the pieces for the decorative painting kits that I am supplying. I made a huge dent in the pile – much bigger than I would have anticipated – and with only a couple more hours of cutting to do today, I will finish the first leg of my mission.

Of the hundred dozen pieces that I need for the first pattern, I successfully cut 72 dozen. Here is what 72 dozen pieces looks like:

There aren’t only a LOT of pieces here, but there are a lot of ACCURATE pieces. Even though they are simple shapes, many scrollers can tell you that sometimes following simple or straighter lines can be more challenging than lots of swirls and turns. I am aiming for accuracy more so than speed, as I still have a month and a half to finish the kits and get them to the warehouse for distribution. That is a wonderful luxury.

I can’t believe that after all that cutting (7-8 hours) that I was not sore or cramped in the least bit. I believe that it was because I only applied the pattern to one stack of wood at a time, which caused me to get up and move around in between cutting each sheet. That meant that every twenty minutes or so I would get up and walk away from the saw, get the next piece of wood, apply the pattern, change the blade if necessary and then get back to cutting.

After ever three or four sheets I would even pull out the shop vac and clean up the work area and do a quick vacuum. I would be ready to go with a fresh, clean workplace and overall it made for a pleasant and fun day.

I expected my back and neck to get sore after a bit, as it usually does. But that didn’t happen in the least. I don’t know whether to attribute it to the moving around every so often or that I have been regularly going to the gym and getting the exercise that I need three times a week. That is so important and I am glad that we decided to join. With the majority of my day being spent sitting either at the saw or the computer, I can’t tell you all how much better I feel after joining. I didn’t want to ‘waste the time’ doing so and for so many years I have used that as an excuse. While we walk almost every day, walking still doesn’t work the muscle groups like lifting weights does. I used to have some back problems and it was really beginning to bother me. By developing a sensible and gentle routine, I have successfully gained a lot a strength over the last several months and it honestly isn’t a concern at all for me anymore. While some days I feel that it is an annoyance to have to break up the morning and head out, yesterday was proof that what I am doing is a good thing and is going to keep me motivated to continue with it. I am no spring chickie anymore and I think the older I get the more I want to have the ‘use it or lose it’ philosophy and keep in shape. If for nothing else, my own comfort.

Today the plan is to spend the couple of hours it will take to cut the last 28 dozen pieces for the first set. That should only take a bit to do and will free me up to finish both my cheese tray and also the seashell candle tray. I also want to get working on the next update for the site in the next couple days, as I have had people asking me for the patterns that I have shown here that aren’t posted yet and I really need to do that. I think I will skip a day or two at the saw and finish this stuff up and then get back to it so it will be fresh again for the next 1200 pieces. Mixing it up will be good, I think.

So not much new to show today. But I did receive an email from MsDebbie that she has put together the Lumberjocks 2011 Flipbook For those of you who read who aren’t familiar with Lumberjocks, it is a wonderful place for woodworkers of all types. Even if you aren’t a woodworker, I think you will enjoy seeing the wonderfully beautiful and creative projects that members of the site have made. This book that Debbie put together is like a “best of” compilation of what Lumberjocks has to offer. (Congratulations, Martyn! Your “Dinner on the Lake” box made page 26!) It is truly a great place to see a sample of all the site has to offer.

I hope you all have a great day today. I find myself typing that almost every day to close, but I really do wish you all a happy and fun day. Enjoying life is a wonderful way to live. Happy Sunday!

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more. -Oscar Wilde

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 01:23 PM

Well done, Sheila. I think you’re right, regular breaks help a lot.

Thanks for the congrats.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 01:28 PM

That’s very good progress for one day!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 05:19 PM

I’d would’ve gone bonkers long before that much was cut! ;-) I admire your perseverance.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 06:07 PM


You are a REAL Wonder!

I think I would have been completely exhausted for even trying to do so much scroll sawing!

... also, after the first hundred or so, I would think all you would have to do is place the wood in front of you and you would just cut them out… Pattern Not Required! ... just follow the RUT…!! LOL

Just Amazing…

What happens to tell you that your blade needs changing?

How many blades did you go through?

Have a Restful weekend!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 06:15 PM

Hi, Joe! I just finished my first 1200 pieces a few minutes ago. (sung like James Brown . . . “I feel GOOD! I knew that I could!” etc., etc. . . )

Not bad at all. I estimate my cutting time at 10 hours. I changed the blade for each pack of 4 layers of plywood (48 pieces). There were 24 packs so I went through 24 blades.

I used the Olsen Mach blades in size 3 and they zipped through pretty good. After a full sheet, they were beginning to drag. I didn’t throw them out, but I changed them to keep me going at a good pace. I saved the used ones in a ‘gently used’ baggie and I will be able to use them for other projects, as they still have life in them for softer wood or less layers of ply (say – 2). Considering the blades are only a couple of dollars a dozen, it was well worth it to change them when I did and save me aggravation and extra effort.

Now 1200 boots and 800 pumpkins and I will be done! :D I will start on those in a couple of days.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 04-02-2012 12:09 AM

Sheila Landry equals my hero! Great job on cutting out all these pieces. Maybe I will have a productive week, but not nearly as productive as yours!

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#7 posted 04-02-2012 02:40 AM

On the other hand, if someone doesn’t knew how you cut them…. the will surely say it was done by automated machines… Your skill is really uncomparable to anyone both on mass and exclusive production. Good luck to your cutting for 2000 combine boots and pumpkins. Be careful..

-- Bert

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#8 posted 04-02-2012 11:57 AM

Oh yea! I crank up the volume everytime I hear James Brown! You are gettin things done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 04-03-2012 07:24 PM


I just received This Email!

When I saw it, I thought of you and your birds!

Maybe you could make use of it… If you could, fine…
Under FREE PLANS, there is this Plan for a mobile...
Hope you can get something out of it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 04-04-2012 10:55 AM

The mobile is cool, Joe! It does get me thinking! Thanks so much for the pictures. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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