My love of the Scrollsaw

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 01-19-2011 12:22 AM 1167 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About three months ago, I purchased a scrollsaw to add to my small collection of tools. Now it has become my favorite tool to use. Easy to set up, turn it on and scroll for a few minutes or hours. Also, I think I have picked up the techniques of this tool faster than any other.

I have completed about five projects (some posted here) and have a list of many more I want to try. One of the greatest things I have fount is Steve Good’s blog and pattern site. Once I found that, with all the videos and patterns I was off on my first several projects.

I am trying to get into pattern design. Seems simple enough but learning Corel Draw is not all that easy on the fly. One of the most interesting, and at first furstrating, things was finding gool usable clip-art. The other day I ran across a paper by Shelia Landry, another very nice and helpful person, and she used the word “stencil”. That was the search word I have been looking for.

I am still trying to learn which blade to use and when. I break a lot more blades that I should. Also, need to fine tune my cutting as I still have a lot of clean up to do.

I have found a large number of books at Half Priced Books (store and on-line) and any of the Speilman books are worth the price.

This fall I will attempt to be in several craft shows. I have several friends helping me on that one. I did a few craft projects last fall but just donated them to our Church.

More on scrolling later – have a great day

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 12:57 AM

talk with scrollgirl Sheila about your truobbles
she know what she talks about

take care

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 02:11 AM

Go to
Scroll down and look at the older postings. There’s video tutorials on making patterns using Inkscape and GIMP. Both are free programs that can be downloaded off the internet.
You may also want to join
Travis runs both of those sites and is a good guy to go to about designing patterns on the computer.
Steve Goode is also a great guy when it comes to helping others. He’d probably be more than happy to help with any problems you have if you’ll contact him through email. He stays quite busy, so it may take him a day or two to get back to you.
Blades is one of those choices that quickly becomes a personal matter for most scrollers. I use nothing but Flying Dutchman. Sheila uses Olson (I think). I stronlgy encourage you to try different blade brands before deciding on your blade of choice. If you’d like to try Flying Dutchman and know about what size you want, go to
Mike will help you decide what blades might be good for you and will send you two free blades for you to try for only the cost of postage.
As for your amount of “clean up”, it depends on what you mean. Cleanup, to an extent, is just part of scrolling. If you’re referring to “fuzzies” on the back, get you a dremil type (type, not necessarily brand) tool, and bit of choice. I use a diamond tipped sander bit. Get used to cleaing the back of most cuttings. If by “clean up”, you mean fixing corners and other spots you may have messed up on the pattern, then plenty of practice will take care of that on its on.
If the “cleaning up” you are referring to is from getting off the line of the pattern and such, as I know some people worry about this in the beginning, then I can offer this suggestion. What you have to worry about is the look of the final piece. Don’t worry too much about being perfect when following a pattern. Think of a pattern as a road map. Just because a road is on there, doesn’t mean you have to take that road. There’s many ways on a map to get to the same destination. I have changed many patterns on the middle of cutting them. Noone can tell the difference when they look at it unless you tell them.
I was cutting a pattern one time that had about fifteen men in it. I broke one of the men’s heads off while cutting. With about six hours already into cutting this detailed piece, I difinately didn’t want to scrap it. So I took a different rout with the blade and changed that man into a tree. It was just something simple I could turn it into that fit into the pattern much better than a headless man. It looked great in the end, even with one less man and an extra tree.
Good luck with your scrolling. I love it myself. I try to incorporate some kind of scrolled pattern even into projects that didn’t have scroll work to begin with. There are plenty of scrollers out there that are more than happy to help you any way we can. All you have to do is let us know. usually any problem you have, we’ve been through it. If not, we know someone who has.


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#3 posted 01-19-2011 08:01 AM

I like to got over to To get my plans . Mr. Good has a lot of them . I just do not care for the forum of there they can be rood some times .

My wife picked me up a scroll saw last spring at a yard sale for $5.00 . It is an old pin stile HF . I tried it for about 20 minutes but did not have a shop set up about a month ago I put a shop together in my basement and fired the scroll saw and loved it . It might be old and not up to what it out there today but it is a great tool . I am learning how to do it slowly and cutting all my wood up .

Keep going and have fun with it . I think that saw is probably the safes thing in my shop to run .

-- Mike

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 12:17 PM

our very own ””Sheila Landry””: – lots of tips shared in her blogs here.

I checked out your projects – love that cradle.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 02:09 PM

I am always happy to see someone giving scroll sawing a try. The suggestions from the others are a great way to interact with other scroll sawyers and go for support. Your projects are great. I also love the cradle!

If you ever need help with anything, be sure to just ask. My email is and if I can’t help you out, I am sure that I can hook you up with someone who can. There are so many great people who are willing to share their advice and knowledge.

Most important – remember to have FUN!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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