this page I will answer the most typical questions I receive about
scroll saw and my patterns.
What is the quality of your
I make my
patterns with the most advanced graphic design techniques presently
available. The computer works with a very high precision, so the
pieces of the projects fit each other perfectly. This means that if
you are precise enough with your scroll saw you will not have to
correct, adapt or sand your pieces for them to fit. In fact I
started making scroll saw patterns for my own pleasure, because I
was quite unhappy with the patterns I had found. Once I have
completed a pattern I make a three-dimensional virtual computer
model with all the pieces and mount the project just like I would do
in real life. If there is any problem with the model, it is easily
detected and corrected this way. I then lay the pattern with all the
pieces and necessary indications. Finally I print out the patterns.
I do not make photocopies, all my patterns are printed in A3 and A4
printers. I am convinced that my patterns are technically the best
I have seen some of your
patterns for sale in different websites, where should I buy?
have seen in other websites is not my patterns. You have seen
different patterns of the same design. Some of the designs in my web
and in other webs are classical ones, sometimes between 100 and 120
years old. Since these designs are public domain anyone can make
editions of these designs for sale. The designs you see in different
websites are the same or very similar, however the patterns they
sell can be very different. Some companies are simply selling
photocopies or simple adaptations of the original old patterns,
adding their logo or trademark. Other companies are selling quite
good versions of these designs. In my case I fully restore the
classical designs to make patterns of remarkable quality, creating a
completely new clean pattern out of the old one, with perfect
symmetries, slots, tab holes, straight lines, circumferences,
everything, using advanced vector graphics software. My
patterns are sold only in this web page and no other, and I am not
selling anyone else's patterns.
Concerning the question ¨where should I buy¨, all I can say is you
should buy the one you think is better. If you are interested in one
of my patterns but you are not sure whether my pattern will be
better than others ask the different sellers the questions you may
have until you can decide.
Can I use any wood width
with your patterns?
This is by
far the most typical question I receive. Patterns are usually
designed for a set of similar wood widths. This way the pattern can
be used by anybody by scaling the pattern appropriately. Similar
wood widths are 1/8 inches, 3 and 4 mm. , or 1/4 inches, 6 or 8 mm.
One inch is 25,4 mm. so an easy computation gives that 1/8 inch =
3,175 mm., similar to 3 mm. and quite similar to 4 mm.
So, for example, if a pattern is designed for 4 mm. wood, and we
want to use 1/8 inches wood, an easy computation shows that the
relation between the width we want to use and the width of the
pattern is 3,175 / 4 = 0,79375. We round this number to obtain 0,80.
This means that the width we want to use is 0,80 times the width of
the pattern. Consequently, scaling the pattern to 80% we obtain a
pattern that can be used with 1/8 inches wood, and everything will
fit perfectly. Of course the model will be 80% the size of the model
in the pattern. But this has been previously taken into account
during the process design, so the final size will be a good one.
All my patterns have indications about which wood widths to use and
how to scale the pattern to use with the usual wood widths. Any good
copy shop can make your waste copies for the project scaling at a
Why do you have two
versions of the pattern for the Eiffel tower and not for the rest?
The first version I had was entirely for 3 mm, 4 mm or 1/8 inches
wood. Somebody suggested me that 3 mm, 4 mm or 1/8 inches wood was
too thin for the sides of the tower and a thicker wood would be
better. This is just an opinion but even so I decided to make a
second version of the pattern keeping the same height but using
double width for the sides of the tower. The result is the second
pattern I mention in the order page. If you have an idea of the
height you would like your Eiffel tower to be tell me and I will
find the best pattern and scale to use to get close to your wishes.
What kind of copyright
limitations do I have if I buy one of your patterns? Can I sell the
The pattern is for your own and exclusive use. You can not sell,
rent, give or pass copies of the pattern to anybody, no exceptions.
You can make any number of waste copies of the pattern to make your
projects. These waste copies have the same limitations as the
original pattern. You can make any number of projects from the
pattern and you can sell the finished projects freely.
Do you sell digital
versions of the patterns, in pdf, dxf or other formats?
No, we only send
the patterns already printed in paper by ordinary mail or any other
courier of your choice. When some time ago I started selling the
patterns I sent some by e-mail, in pdf, 8 or 10, and soon afterwards
the problems started. Some pages of the patterns must be printed in
A3 size. Some people started to send me questions about printers I
had never seen, configurations problems, sizes of paper, software
compatibility issues, shops where they could print the A3 sheets and
complains for the high prices to print A3 sheets in some shops, this
service seems to be quite expensive in some places. Some even asked
how to print the A3 sheets in two separate A4 to join them
afterwards. Due to all these problems and the impossibility to
attend all these complicated questions and requests one by one I
decided not to send the patterns in digital format anymore, only in
¿Where can I buy clock
inserts or mechanisms?
http://www.selva.de They have a
large collection of all types of clock inserts, mechanisms, chimes,
etc, in different sizes and forms.