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  1. Thanks Chet Keep in mind though that I am still learning the ropes. @ Stew I have the Delta 20 inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw. From what I have read online, this was a joint effort from Delta and Dewalt, to create a new kind of saw. It has a liftable arm, which makes it so much easier (and faster) to change from one inside cut to the other. All you do is untightened the blade at the top, lift the arm, slide your product over the blade, lower the arm, tighten the screw, and you're good to go. @ ClassAct thank you so much. I assume you're talking about the Elephants? Currently I am "stepping" it up a bit. The ones on the pictures are just birch ply. Now I am making some which are made out of Maple and Walnut.
  2. Thank you Chucklz and New2woodwrk for those nice comments. Within a few days I am going to start my first real big project. It's going to be a 30x30 inch wall-art-object-thingy :-) I will keep you updated and take some real pictures.
  3. Hi everybody. My name is Arie Boom, and in this post I like to show some of my first efforst in woodworking. I have alway's liked wood, but never really got a chance to dive into it. It's actually quite interesting when you think about it. I was born and raised in The Netherlands, aka Holland, and moves to the U.S. in 2010. The word Holland derives from German - Holz Land ( meaning Wood Land ) Americans always say that I have the coolest last name ever; Boom. What they don't know is that Boom translated into English is Tree. You could say that I am Arie Tree, coming from Wood Land. No wonder I am fascinated by wood. Last year in January I decided to buy a scrollsaw. Years ago I had played around for a few day's with a very old one, which I had borrowed from a co-worker. I was immidiatly hooked to the technique, but it took a few years before I finally had the time to buy AND use it. So now I had a saw, but what am I going to do with it? I hopped online and saw a lot of cool designs. I decided to go for an Elephant Puzzle box. Friends called me crazy for trying, but I always feel that it is better to start with diffecult stuff, and besides that; I couldn't see myself sitting for hours practising straight cuts or circles. (some pics are not that great, they were taken with my phone) It wasn't that bad actually, and once I had glued on the backpiece, it really looked like a box. I showed it to some co-workers and they all where thrilled. My daytime job is in the restaurant business, meaning that I work with a lot of people who are from South America. I wondered why they all wanted to have one, and they explained that Elephants are good luck. They all wanted to buy one, and asked if I had more Elephants. Like we all know; Google is our friend and found another Elephant puzzle. One of my hostesses has a boyfriend who was amost graduating Penn State. "Could you make me a cool Valentine gift?" she asked. "Something with the nittany Lion." "The what?" I asked, remember I am not an American, and no nothing about college mascot's. She showed me a picture and I said that it would look great on a plaque. "Cool," she said, "make me one." I bought an oval wooden plaque with some bark around it at Michael's, cut out the lion and then it was time to paint. OMG, that was a P**N in the A** I couldn't find any "real" paint in that color, and ended up with acryllic. *Mental note to self; Acrylic paint s***s." But at the end it didn't came out so bad, and she loved it. We were now approaching Easter time, and my wife asked if I could make her a bunny. Knowing my wife, I kinda figured to make a few more. If she would like them, she would be handing them out like candy. I wanted to do something on the inside and came up with some nice idea's. Because this was all for easter, it also meant that they had to be painted. OH NO!!!! more acryllic. I swore like an old sailor, even thought about painting on my wall a big warning' ACRYLLIC FREE HOUSE. But the Misses did got what she wanted. (don't they always? how do they do that?) Now this turned out to be a success. I made so many bunnies that I don't want to see a bunny in my life. They even turned up at the restaurant. One thing let to another, and I experimented a lot to see what I can do. Here are some random pics of things I made. This year for christmas, my stepdaughter gave me a woodburning tool.Earlier this week I finally had some time to fool around with that thing. You can see a lot of little mistakes, but it was just a test piece.I'm sure it will get better in the future. Thank's for watching.
  4. Thank you all for your wonderfull words of welcome. @ Tom King Yes I do read as well as I write, and am currently reading as much on this forum as I can. Thanks for those links, I am going to check them out. @wtnhighlander That is a wonderful idea. Problem with that is that I basically don't know any woodworkers. I moved around in this area, let's say a 20 mile radius from where I live now, in the beginning. I actually never moved so much as in the first 5 years of being here. I am not really planning on staying focussed on Scrollsaw projects only. It is a wonderfull tool, but a bit limited. The plywood shed you are talking about is something that I saw on youtube, I like the idea but wonder how long it would take to "plane" down a board? With "lunch box" planers you mean the benchtop ones? Something like the WEN 6550? @wdwerker There is room for a shed, and I already put one up when we bought the house. For some strange reason the "wise men" of my town have decided that everything under $500 can be done without a permit. Everything above $500 needs a permit, which also means that your taxes will go up. My neighbours told me this out of their own experience, and we checked it with the local authorities as well. My first shed was just a plastic thing, bought on sale from H.D. for 499. It's awesome for storing rakes, hoses and other garden stuff, but not for tools and wood. I was thinking about "bending" the rules a bit, by attaching a shed to my house in multiple steps, but I'm not sure if that would work and how long it would take. To say it simple; if the total shed (including insulation, electri, heat, etc) would cost me 3000 bucks, it would take 6 years to put up. @ClassAct Nah, you're not biased :rotflmao: Sawdust is the least of my worries. I don't create so much dust, and when I am scrolling I have a shopvac next to me. I saw a lot of video's of Marc, and I like his style. I will definitly look into that book.
  5. Hello everybody I just found this forum while I was looking for some answers, but I will introduce myself properly. My name is Arie Boom and I live in Bucks county, PA (Yardley - Morrisville area) I am a scrollsawer, who is currently switching to other forms of woodworking. About 8 years ago I moved from The Netherlands to the U.S, so that I could be together with my American wife. Back in The Netherlands I was a CNC programmer / manager in a steel company, specialized in small parts, and had done that for more then 25 years. When I came to the U.S, I realized that I had to start from scratch, and ended up working at a local restaurant. I began as the maintenance/gardner, and slowly worked my way up to being the right hand of the G.M, and the person who is in charge of many banquets and outside catering events. During those first years I found out that I needed to build a lot of things myself. Set up constructions for big events... build it myself. Special decorations for holiday's... build it myself. Repairing fences, making new fence doors, building outside service areas... did it myself. I didn't have any tools, and borrowed tools here and there to complete a task. One day I decided to make large wooden reindeer for Christmas, to put around the fountain that we have at the restaurant. One of my co-workers borrowed me a 1000 year old scrollsaw, and I was fascinated. It was useless for my deers, and i ended up cutting them with a jigsaw, but I decided right then and there that I wanted to have one of those scrollsaw's. Working in a restaurant, wearing many hats means that time slips by fairly easy, and it took a few years before I finally had some time to buy a scrollsaw, which happened last year. Now I had a saw, but what am I going to do with it? I looked online, found some great examples and bought a whole bunch of birch plywood at my local H.D. The first piece I made was the puzzle box that I use as my profile picture. My best friend called me crazy for even trying to make that as my first piece, but I always like a challenge. Some co-workers saw the puzzle, wanted to buy one, or requested other things. Currently I am in the process of making a 3x3 feet wall-art piece for a friend of mine. I do however run into a few problems here and there, and that's how I ended up on this forum. The problems that I run into are (in random order) 1) I don't know anybody who is into wood. Sounds strange for a guy who meets thousands of people a week. But there is a fine line between what you can say to customers at what time. If I host a funeral for instance, and happen to hear people talking about wood, then I don't butt in. That doesn't look very professional to me. So my "personal circle of friends" are people who work with me, and none of them is into woodworking or even know people who are. 2) Space. Currently I have my "workshop" throughout my house. When we bought this house, I never imagined I would pick up a hobby like this. It was just me and my wife. My step childeren were already married, and we didn't need much space. I don't have a garage nor a basement, so I have to be creative when it comes to space. My scrollsaw is in my office, right next to the livingroom, and I kinda hi-jacked the laundry room. I have my mitersaw, drill press, and the rest of my handtools, and was even able to build a small work bench, which fits perfectly in between the washer, dryer and water heater. It's not ideal, but it kinda works. 3) Tools and Wood When I came here, I had to start building up my tool collection. For your average diy projects it's not so hard, but when you get into woodworking it becomes more problematic. I already had a miter-saw for diy projects, and added a scrollsaw to the collection. Then I bought some sanders ( one palm and one orbit ), a dremel, a router, and a drill press. I know it is not much, but I can get by ( for now ) with them. The problem is that it limits me to the wood I can use. I buy my wood online, the so called "scrollsaw ready wood". I can get it in different thicknesses, and has the perfect "handling size" for me, and it's s4s. Downside is that it is rather expensive. A piece of 3/4" walnut, 12x24" cost me about $25.00. At that same company I can get the same wood much cheaper, although it would be unsurfaced. So what do I do? Buy a planer? But that almost means I need to buy a jointer too. So then I got two more big tools in a space I don't really have. I still need to get a table saw, to make it easier to rip boards. Meaning I would add three tools. Looking online I see a lot of lumber. I can get them by the boardfeet starting at 4/4 thickness. I know what it means, but it doesn't really help me. Most times it means the thickness is about 13/16 ( too thick for me ) and widths are mentioned as 4" or higher ( or something simular ) And that is my biggest frustration. I wish I would have a place in my area where I could go to, too pick out some nice wood. 4) Finishing. My background is steel. I don't need to finish steel, and if we do, it is a specialized process, done by a specialized company. I looked at the almighty youtube about finishing wood, and it dazzles me. There doesn't seem to be a consistency in finishing, it's more of; whatever you prefer! Well, I don't like to paint my products (although I have for special occasions) and I have used Danish oil, which is a nice product. I don't know anything about properly finishing a wooden product. I like a natural, glossy or semi-glossy look. I hear people talk online about using a finish, and then buffing it to a shine. Okay... the video doesn't show so much... buffing steel we use a wax... do you do that with wood as well?... and if so... what kind of wax... I like watching woodworking video's, and picked up a lot of information and cool tricks, including making my own special miter-saw fence/raised platform/t-track "thingy". But a lot of times the creator kinda expects that you know a few basics, which I don't *blush*