Baltic Birch Ply Scroll Saw Shell

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Project by alwaysscrolling posted 02-13-2016 11:55 PM 1600 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest Scroll Saw Shell. It is made out of 1/2” Baltic Birch Ply. With this Shell I wanted to experiment with larger pieces to see the results in the size of the Shell. I started with the Ply cut to 6” x 10”. I glued 4 of these pieces together to make an overall thickness of 1 7/8” and I made 3 of these stacked glued pieces. Once the edges were trimmed square, I cut the angle for the 6 wedges on the band saw. For this Shell I used 5 wedges which resulted in 61 segments. I decided to include a photo of the 61 cut segments. From there you start gluing segments together and shaping and sanding prior to additional gluing. One of the photos also shows all 61 segments glued together into a final 4 sub sections prior to final assembly.

The overall dimensions of this Shell is approx. 9.5” wide by 9.5” tall. I used the 6th wedge to make a stand for the Shell. The finish is a few coats of Tung Oil.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 01:31 AM

Just beautiful.
One of these is on my list for one day.
Thank you for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 01:37 AM

These things really are awesome, I’m glad you showed the break down of the shell, its a good perspective of what goes into them. How long does it usually take you to make a shell?

-- Terry, Grants Pass, OR - It's not how fast you want to go but how much money you've got to get there...

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#3 posted 02-14-2016 01:38 AM

Just beautiful an out standing project.

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

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#4 posted 02-14-2016 02:27 AM

Great job … love the shells

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#5 posted 02-14-2016 03:08 AM

Wow – Outstanding job on this one – Someday maybe on my to do list as well – Very Nice

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#6 posted 02-14-2016 04:08 AM

This is way cool.

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#7 posted 02-14-2016 04:52 AM

That is an incredible piece of workmanship.

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#8 posted 02-14-2016 05:54 AM

Well that looked so awesome that I had to try it and man getting those wedges right isn’t easy. My hat is off to you. This one looks awesome as well.

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#9 posted 02-14-2016 01:51 PM

This piece is beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 02-14-2016 05:15 PM

I’m not sure how you do it but they are beautiful. Thanks you for sharing this.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#11 posted 02-14-2016 06:07 PM

Many thanks for all the great comments. I am no doubt very excited about my project being placed in the Top 3 Daily projects. These are a lot of fun to make and the process is not as difficult as it may appear. I am presently working on another Baltic Birch Ply Shell and have been logging my time in the various stages. Overall these large Scroll Saw Shells take between 25 & 30 hours to complete with the cutting, gluing, shaping, sanding and finish. I do like the look of the Baltic Birch Ply due to the more realistic look of the Shell with the lines and colors.

Again thanks for the looks and comments. Ron

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