Compound cut scrollsaw flowers and vase

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Finally at age 60 (a few years ago) I found the patience to use a scrollsw and not break a blade every 30 seconds. Over the years I’ve had 3 scrollsaws that wound up being sold or given away because I got frustrated as heck using them…NO PATIENCE! I bought another one (only $99 this time) and started on my scrollsaw journey. A Delta 16”. No variable speed, no quick change blade holder, etc. Bare bones.

My first projects were the wooden locks I’ll post another place. This was my attempt at a compound cut fretwork. Compound cuts mean that each individual piece has more than one plane to cut out. As an examle..the leaves had 2 cuts. One 90 degrees from the other. The first cut(s) actually cut the arc of the four leaves in a 1” square block. The second cut actually (90 deg to the block) cut out the outline of the leaves. Remove the tape and viloa…4 leaves fell out. Neat! The flower petals were cut the same way. The stems too. The vase was a little more involved because not only did it have outlines and arcs, it also had areas inthe sections that needed drilled and then cut out. Really a neat procedure.

-- Pop

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 04:23 AM

That is some fine compound cutting Pop. Keep up the great work

-- Dale

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 04:32 AM

I too have had difficulty and lack of patience with the scrollsaw! This is a gorgeous piece, bound to be the center of many conversations.

-- Mark DeSchepper -- The things I make may be for gifts for others, but making them is a gift to myself.

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 04:42 AM

very creative

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 04:55 AM

Totally mind blowing. I hope to achieve your ability someday…i have 10 years to catch up to your age..maybe by then. Question: I realize that a scroll saw cuts very detailed and delicate curves, so what would a person use a band saw for?


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#5 posted 12-29-2009 04:56 AM

Nice work Pop

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 05:16 AM

I used to do all of my craft work on a bandsaw until I got the scrollsaw. It was getting tough to get a 1/8” blade that didn’t snap while cutting some of the tight turns I was doing. The outline of the wooden lock bodies were done on the bandsaw. Now I use it for roughing out patterns and resawing wood. I ocaisionally use it to cut thin metal too.

-- Pop

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 05:38 AM

Outstanding piece! Thank you for the “how it was done” You have deffinately learned patience to be able to do this kind of beautifull work.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 07:05 AM

Very cool, hope to see more soon.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Monty Queen

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#9 posted 12-29-2009 08:07 AM

Very beautifull, i love your work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 12-29-2009 09:22 AM

Beautiful and unique design.
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#11 posted 12-29-2009 12:53 PM

with a scrollsaw??? !!!! extraordinary.
Your patience paid off for sure.

So..when do we get a blog about how to make the flowers :D :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 12-29-2009 03:27 PM

Very cool! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 12-29-2009 03:51 PM

Unbeleiveable detail. Very impressive.
Thank you.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#14 posted 12-29-2009 04:06 PM

Looks great pop!

-- James -

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#15 posted 12-29-2009 05:39 PM

beautiful work, very impressive

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