First two projects

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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 10-29-2014 02:47 PM 916 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were my first projects after I bought my new scroll saw about 14 years ago. The last time I did any scroll sawing started in 1946 with a Christmas present and continued till I started high school. The Sears saw was not called a scroll saw but a jig saw I think. The blade vibrated instead of moving up and down. It was much slower cutting but actually both saws ended up doing the same thing. My thinking on this new saw was why not teach it to do the more complicated patterns and forget the bird houses and the simple things. It worked for it continually turns out something I can be proud of. The trouble, it is not a CNC machine and it requires lots more light and strong glasses to see the small line the blade cuts on. Funny for I didn’t even need glasses back when I sawed with that Sears thingy. The second picture happened because someone saw the first clock so yes if you don’t want to keep making the same clocks , don’t show them off. All my clocks have been cut from solid wood. Even though the woods were kiln dried some areas end up warping slightly. The only way a person can stop the warping is to use Baltic Birch plywood . American plywood I would not even consider using…... The patterns came from Wildwood Designs also the Cherry Tree I think is the same company and both have lots of great thinks to make.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 10-29-2014 03:02 PM

Here is the picture again???

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 03:29 PM

Yes Sir, that is some delicate scrolling! Beautiful!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 08:01 AM

Wow, those look great….. How many hours did one of these take to complete?

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 02:59 PM

I really didn’t keep an time for I would saw till eyes needed a rest. I will suggest anyone building something like this when you get the plans to go get a few copies made so the original you still have for later use. I usually get five copies made of each clock. Another thing don’t glue the pattern on the wood till you are ready to saw it out for if you wait for two or three days the glue will shrink the pattern in strange ways or else some of the pattern will start coming up as you are sawing and that ain’t good. If the patterns are small I make copies here on my printer and I have found two different copy machines will not make to same exact size patterns. You can’t see the difference till you start installing the pieces. So what ever you do make all copies of the same clock on the same machine.. Always put clear packing tape on the wood first then spray the adhesive on to the tape then install the pattern. Actually I spray the back of the pattern and not on the tape? Right or wrong it is how I have always done it. When through sawing pull the tape off and you have no mess to clean up except some very light sanding to remove the fuzzes. No sanding is required where the saw blade cut for if you use the right blade the wood will actually be very smooth and slick. Learn to control the saw blade so you never have to back up to correct the direct you intended to go… That is a no no.

If you get off the line just gradually move back on it for all bobbles will show. Let the saw do the cutting and don’t get in a hurry.

-- Jess Littlefield

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