It’s been about 18 months since I’ve done any serious scroll saw or marquetry work. I’ve been itching to get back to it so even though I’m not 100% done with setting up my workshops, I went ahead and started working on a project. I have to say, it just feels good to be making something, just to make it. The workshop is setup enough for me to do a small project and there are still some choices I have to make about storage and work surfaces so doing some work out there gives me an idea of what I’ll really need.
Since we’re moving into the Christmas season, it makes sense to do some tree ornaments. Years ago I did an intarsia bird project that Heather really loved so her request was that I do some kind of bird ornaments. I looked through my stash of patterns and didn’t really find what I wanted so I went on-line and found some nice simple birds to make this year:
At least one of you should recognize the name. Sheila is among the top scroll saw pattern designers around and this set really fit the kind of project I wanted to do. There are eight birds in this set and there is a second set with another 8 for 16 birds all together. Haven’t decided if I’m going to do all 16 or just a selection – depends how much scroll sawing I want to do before building more fixtures for the shop.
The process starts with cutting out the paper pattern and gluing down to a pice of wood. I’m not doing anything fancy on the wood here, just using some of the excess flooring underlayment I’ve got. Heather wants to paint these so the kind of wood didn’t really matter. Here’s one of the birds in process (it’s cut from a 4 inch by 4 inch square):
Each ornament has a back ring for the bird to sit on and I’ve finish a few of those:
That green mat is really this:
Normally I use it for cutting marquetry stuff but it comes in handy for lots of things. My scroll saw is currently setup under a window in the shed:
In my last shop, I didn’t have a window to look out of and this is so nice to have a window with natural light and a view of our backyard.
Don’t want you to think I’ve stopped working on shop setup – here’s what I just had delivered for my big tool shop:
Yes, cheap kitchen cabinets for shop storage. I’ll be putting a counter top on the base units and the two tall cabinets are sold as pantry cupboards. In between those cabinets I’ll be putting up some pegboard for hand tools and things. I had thought about building cabinets for this shop, but that would take time I’d rather spend at the scroll saw or sewing machine so big box store to the rescue. Not the greatest quality cabinets, but they’ll be fine for tools, blades and bits.
Well, that’s it for this week, if you need me – I’ll be at the scroll saw.