Scroll Saw #1: New Scroll Saw

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Blog entry by PINKHANDCUFFFGIRL posted 03-22-2008 01:35 AM 1046 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone!! Just wanted to post that I have officially gotten my first wood working tool, a scroll saw. Does anyone have any words of wisdom or easy ideas/patterns to start off with???

-- Please bless me in woodworking, Adrian is my husband and teacher!!!

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#1 posted 03-22-2008 01:50 AM

Congrats on the scroll saw. Check your local libraries for a bunch of books with scroll saw patterns. Patrick Speilman has many and they are good. Mike Peters has a very good one too. is a good place to buy quality blades. Lowes stores around ct have a good supply of 1/4 and 1/2 inch stock of maple, oak and poplar to work with.

Have fun and post something for us to see soon.

-- Greg, CT

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#2 posted 03-22-2008 02:00 AM

PINKHANDCUFFGIRL ? Alright … Take a look at Allison at LumberJocks. She uses the scoll saw to make some very nice things. There are a lot of intursia and fret work people here. Enjoy yourself.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#3 posted 03-22-2008 02:28 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!...... You may want to run a search on Yahoo!..... just type in “free scroll saw patterns”. I’m sure you’ll find something to get you started. Good luck. Let us know how you do.

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#4 posted 03-22-2008 02:46 AM

Get the best blades you can find. I get mine from PS Wood Machines. I like skip tooth blades. You’ll find your favorite.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 03-22-2008 04:48 AM

congrats on the scroll saw. Every book by Patrick Spielman is a great tool to learn the scroll saw. He explains everything in great detail. You can probably pick up his books on e-bay, Amazon or at half-priced books pretty reasonably. And like Junior said, just google free scroll saw patterns and you’ll be snowed under with patterns.

I like my spiral blades for doing wood portraits, but usually use skip tooth for everything else. The blades really come down to what you are comfortable with. Try out several different types and go with what feels right for the project. And as Bruce said, get the best you can afford. It will pay off in the long run – you’ll be less frustrated and spend less time sanding and tweeking your projects.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine



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#6 posted 03-22-2008 05:01 AM

Thanks so much for the tips!!!

Odie, in reference to my name, I work in law enforcment and I posted a message on my husbands account, lazyfiremanintn in reference to pink handcuffs and it kind of stuck!!!

-- Please bless me in woodworking, Adrian is my husband and teacher!!!

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#7 posted 03-22-2008 05:20 AM

Ditto Betsy’s comment. Take your time cutting an you’ll have a smooth surface that might not need much sanding, and nobody really like to sand.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#8 posted 03-22-2008 11:36 AM

I’ll be watching for some projects coming off that saw.

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#9 posted 03-22-2008 11:46 AM

that would be my tips: try out different blades and different woods just to get a feel for it. (oh and different thicknesses of wood).
And have fun!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 03-22-2008 02:37 PM

Pinkie, heres’ a tip; keep your fingers out of it. LOL. I really don’t know much about scroll saws.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 03-22-2008 03:37 PM

this could get interesting ! ms debs tips for the pink handcuff girl . ill be watching for the pink walnut project ! lol im gonna get clobbered for that . lol

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#12 posted 03-22-2008 04:21 PM

Hey MrTrim—DUCK!!!!! ((sends a flying walnut snowman his direction))

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 03-22-2008 07:42 PM

This book got me started on the scroll saw when I made a bunch of Mother’s day projects. It’s only $10 bucks on Amazon.

There are some great projects in here with different skill levels. I started with the easiest one and finished with this Moose. I learned a lot and I highly recommend it.

The Moose is walnut but I didn’t paint it (ducking now…)

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 03-22-2008 08:45 PM

Just start making things!

What kind did you get?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX



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#15 posted 03-23-2008 06:13 PM

I got an Hitachi

Thanks everyone for the wonderful tips and Blake I will get the book you suggested and try it out. I have found some patterns for some crosses I want to make but I need to start out with baby steps before I jump into them!!!

-- Please bless me in woodworking, Adrian is my husband and teacher!!!

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