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Building "Street Cred"

Posted by Travis , in Shop Projects, Behind The Curtain Aug 04, 2016 - - - - - - · 390 views
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Hello, my friends!
A little shameless self promotion. If you're an Instagram user, can you do me a favor and follow me? I'm trying to build up my numbers to get a little more "street cred." I mostly post projects that I'm working on. It's not all scroll saw work, but quite a bit of it is. The new Instagram Stories feature will also show some behind the scenes stuff, which is fun.

You can find me at: https://www.instagram.com/bytravis/

Thanks for helping me out.


Can't Keep SSV Down

Posted by Travis , in Behind The Curtain Jun 20, 2016 - - - - - - · 477 views
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We had quite the adventure last week. Late Sunday evening, SSV's servers went down. Unfortunately, I didn't notice it until Monday morning. It took a lot of going back and forth with the hosting company. We finally got the problems resolved with some tweaking of the SSV's home page and upgrading SSV to a different server package.

You can read more about what happened here:
Most of the progress updates happened on Facebook. That really is the best place to keep up to date on all things SSV. I'm also on Twitter, if that's more your cup of tea. So those are good places to visit if something goes amiss.

SSV was down from late Sunday until early Wednesday. I spent 3 days trying to sort out the problems and get our beloved community up and running again. SSV has been around since January 1, 2009. I've put a huge amount of work into it, so seeing it go down was gut wrenching. I feared the worse and hoped for the best. Luckily, everything worked out fine.

I have made a lot of friends here. The amount of talent and creativity is very inspiring. I'm glad to have our little Village back again.


Next Videos & New Work Bench

Posted by Travis , in Behind The Curtain Feb 09, 2016 - - - - - - · 1,072 views
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My last set of videos seemed to be received pretty well. I think next weekend I’m going to work on another video. This one will be a jigsaw puzzle tutorial. I have a couple of new techniques that work well for me that I havne’t seen anywhere else. So I think it will be helpful for those who want to cut jigsaw puzzles. I’m going to get all of the video shot, then spend the next week or so editing. Hopefully this edit will go a little quicker than the last edit. LOL.

I’m also going to start on a new workbench. It’s going to be an island style workbench with the table saw on the other end. I’ll only be able to start it. I certainly won’t’ finish it. Since I’m only able to get into the shop on the weekends, I have a feeling it will take me quite awhile. That’s OK. I’ll pick away at it as I can.


New Videos for 2016

Posted by Travis , in Behind The Curtain, Scroll Saw Goodies Jan 28, 2016 - - - - - - · 862 views
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I mentioned in this post that one of my new year’s resolutions is to make more videos. My goal is to help new and seasoned scrollers alike explore this great hobby. I hope to share some ideas that may inspire your next project. Maybe highlight some resources and tools to expand your scrolling adventures. Make some fun projects. And, for those who want to get into the weeds, I want to show how to design your own patterns using the skills you learned in the GIMP and Inkscape class.

At any rate, I’m working on a couple of new videos right now. These are Valentine’s Day themed. The first video will show how I designed the project. Then the second video will be building it. I figure those who want to learn more about design will be interested int he first video. Those interested in just the project will like the second. If you want it all…I got you covered. ;)

The new videos will be published next week. The design video on Wednesday, and the project video on Thursday.


New Band Saw

Posted by Travis , in Videos, Shop Projects Oct 23, 2015 - - - - - - · 1,675 views

I just got a new bandsaw! Here's an unboxing of the 14" Grizzly G0555LANV bandsaw. I'm did something a little different in this video and shot it Vlog style (video blogging). This video is the unboxing of my new bandsaw. I don't show how it is assembled, but I do add updates along the way. Needless to say, I'm thrilled with my new shop addition. Now I can resaw my own lumber for scrollwork and other projects. :cool:

Here's some links I mentioned in the video:
Enjoy the show! :popcorn:


Making A Coat Rack

Posted by Travis , in Videos Jul 23, 2015 - - - - - - · 1,483 views

So I'm messing around with a new YouTube channel where I show my process of making stuff. Most of it will revolve around woodworking, art, craft, and other geeky things. It should be a lot of fun. If you're a YouTube user, I'd love to have you as a subscriber. I have a few ways you can follow me and my new channel.

I have a few videos now and hope to continue adding them. Here's my latest. I needed a coat rack for my front entryway. It was made from solid oak I found at the home center. Enjoy the show! :popcorn:


Layered Cuttings

Posted by Travis , in Art, Other Woodworks Sep 16, 2014 - - - - - - · 1,443 views
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Here is a great example of layered work. These amazing pieces are created by Martin Tomsky. Granted, these are cut with lasers, but it can easily be done with a scroll saw. Building layers to make a dimensional work of art with a ton of interesting shapes. I find this amazing, elevating it from craft to art.

You can find Martin's website here.

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Paper Cuttings of Maude White

Posted by Travis , Aug 13, 2014 - - - - - - · 1,227 views

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Scherenschnitte is the art of papercutting which is very similar to scroll sawing. Here are some paper cuttings by Maude White from Buffalo, NY. Not only are they amazingly intricate and delicate, but I also love the way she incorporates pattern, detail, and unexpected motifs. It certainly is inspiring and could spark some ideas in our own designs. You can find a article on Colossal and find her web page at Brave Bird Paperwork.


An Unworkable Mess

Posted by Travis , in Thoughts May 19, 2014 - - - - - - · 1,487 views
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My workshop is an unworkable mess. We're getting a new central air conditioning unit put into our house. On the other side of this wall is where the unit will be and the workers need to be able to put in the coolant lines. So I spent the weekend dismantling a workbench and a bunch of cabinets and other storage and moved it to the other side of the garage. While I'm pretty excited about the new AC, I can't work in my shop. I'll probably spend all next weekend putting everything back. Since things are cleared out, this would be a perfect time to build a new bench and storage. But I'm broke, because I bought a new AC.


Side Table Project

Posted by Travis , in Other Woodworks May 08, 2014 - - - - - - · 929 views

A neighbor knew I like to work in the shop and came over to chat. Apparently, he has a few pieces of oak in his garage that he doesn't want anymore. He asked me if I want it. We all know the answer to that!

I got a few 1x6 and 1 1x8. I was trying to think what I could make out of it. I need a new sidetable for my sofa. So I thought that might be a good project. After some measuring and planning, I figured I could make the table top and the apron from the wood given to me. I figured I only needed to buy a couple of extra boards for the legs.

Over the last couple weekends, I glued up the stock which is a trick when your clamp collection is limited. Last weekend, I cut the pieces to length. I still need to taper the legs, sand and finish. But it's starting to take shape.

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