Compound Scroll Saw Cutting Seahorse / Coral

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Project by KnotCurser posted 10-25-2015 03:34 PM 912 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Decided to take a break from a larger project last night and took a try at some compound scroll saw cutting.

This particular design displays two different images, depending on which way you look at it.

As you can see, from one angle it’s a seahorse and from the other a piece or coral.

Pic one shows the SAME cutting taken from two different angles and pic four shows the item from the corner.

Wood started out as a piece of pallet poplar.

Measures around 1 3/4” wide by 3” high.

I am really intrigued about the pattern making process for something like this and am going to try creating some of my own patterns soon. Possibly using two face silhouettes? Hmmmmmmmm



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 10-25-2015 03:43 PM

Very nice! :) I love them!


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

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#2 posted 10-25-2015 03:46 PM

Thanks, Sheila!

However, it’s not “Them”. It’s a single piece – the first image is a photoshop of the SAME piece taken from two different angles….....


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#3 posted 10-25-2015 04:28 PM

That is pretty unique. Well done. Can a person buy patterns for such pieces?

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

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#4 posted 10-25-2015 05:45 PM


I received a book by Sam Keener a while back that is dedicated to just compound cutting. I believe he has a number of them out now. Good Stuff!


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#5 posted 10-25-2015 07:31 PM

Amazing, bob… hard to believe that is one piece! My mind doesn’t seem to be able to figure it out.

-- ~Julie~

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#6 posted 10-25-2015 07:38 PM

Very interesting. I too am having a hard time seeing that is one in the same piece. I would be interested in seeing your 2 face consept when done. Lol!

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 10-25-2015 09:25 PM

That is an amazing piece of work. Did you spend a lot of time scratching your head before each cut? I would have!

-- The greatest compliment you can give a person is to copy and hopefully improve upon their work.

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#8 posted 10-26-2015 06:40 AM

That is so cool, Bob!! Which ‘face’ did you cut first? I love pieces like this. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 10-26-2015 01:06 PM

I cut the seahorse first – my reasoning was that I wanted the more complex cut to be last as I really didn’t want the delicate coral ends to be broken by crosscutting the seahorse afterwards.

I don’t think it would have mattered, though.

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#10 posted 11-22-2015 09:27 PM

Out standing!
It came out just right.
YA!!! I keep wanting to say they.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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