Latest Ply Scroll Saw Shell

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Project by alwaysscrolling posted 04-22-2016 11:37 PM 2189 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most recent Ply Scroll Saw Shell.
It measures 11.5” across at the mouth and is 9.5” tall. This is my largest Shell to date. I used 6 wedges which were 12” wide and 8” tall. There are 106 segments to this shell and it took approx 40 hours to complete from start to finish. Hope you enjoy. Ron

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#1 posted 04-23-2016 05:58 AM

Very nice, Was each wedge made up of multiple segments?

-- Vince

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#2 posted 04-23-2016 10:49 AM

Do you hear the ocean in these things or just the table saw running? (sorry couldn’t help myself)

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#3 posted 04-23-2016 02:30 PM

WOW! This shell is amazingly beautiful. What in inspiration. Great Job!

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#4 posted 04-23-2016 02:31 PM

Man, you got this process down to an art…Great job and using plywood adds to the realistic theme

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#5 posted 04-23-2016 03:23 PM

This is an amazing piece.

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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#6 posted 04-23-2016 04:12 PM

Many thanks for the great comments.

Vince, This is made of baltic birch ply. I glued 4 1/2” pieces together in the above sizes. I had three of these which created the 6 wedges needed for this shell. The method of how the shells are made can be found on youtube. Steve Garrison also has an ebook which he has available and thorough details on the shells can be found in his ebook. He also has one of the videos on youtube.

mtenterprises, Funny thing is I do not hear the ocean or the table saw running. I hear music in this shell. I hope to post a video soon of what I have done with this shell. It is not just a piece of art sitting on a table, it is now a functional piece of art. I purchased a small bluetooth speaker and dropped it inside this shell and can play music via my phone. Many jaws have dropped when I give a demo of this shell. Hope to have this posted in the next day or two.

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#7 posted 04-23-2016 06:03 PM

My scroll saw does not make thing like that, but I quess it is the masters touch.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 04-23-2016 06:15 PM

Hello Ron

Another amazing piece

You are really addicted but I realize that when you try to make one you want to make another one bigger or different and your mind is always in reflexion ….

Congratulations for the finition : how many coats of varnish ?

After making two pieces I want to try to make one with contrast wood …

The patience is the ABC of this style of work ( 40 hours …. !!!)

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#9 posted 04-23-2016 07:07 PM


My belief is that our saws will do whatever we tell them to do. Proper guidance and sometimes a little swift kick in our backsides and we, I’m sorry, our saws will produce unbelievable masterpieces. As diggerjack said, patience is the key. If it is not worth trying, it is not worth doing. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. I know that through the years I have made some great designer firewood from the pieces that I was not satisfied with and they ended up in the scrap bin or fireplace. Keeping on cutting.

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