Scroll Saw Portraits

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Project by EMVarona posted 09-05-2010 05:15 AM 6177 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve done quite a number of scroll saw portraits. The earlier ones were pretty crude. As I did more quality improved. The link below shows how this is done.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 06:15 AM

Very nice work and thanks for the link! I have wondered how it was done. Thanks

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 07:19 AM

thanks for that link on “how it’s done”.... you forgot to mention: “after setting up the saw, go work out on the treadmill”. Just kidding. Nice stuff!!!! Thanks!

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 11:42 AM

Good suggestion, it happens that my work shop is also my gym where I have a threadmill, set of weights, a pilates machine and a bike that could be set up as a stationary one. I work out regularly. It’s essential for my age.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 02:17 PM

Very well done. Thanks as well for putting up the link. What kind of blade do you use? The blades that came with my saw (18” Dremel) could never get in tight places like that. Also, what thickness of wood do you normally use?

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 04:18 PM

I use a Flying Dutchman blade FD-SR No. 2/0 from Mike’s Workshop. It is the finest (thinnest) available. I use an ordinary 1/4 in. Philippine plywood. It is the only one available here. In Canada I am sure you have a number of other choices.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#6 posted 09-05-2010 05:08 PM

EM, I’m not sure what you can get on your area, but I use Luan or my portraits. It is a cabinet grade 1/4” plywood.
Also, have you tried the Flying Dutchman spiral blades? I cut portraits using FD #3 spirals. On some portraits with very fine detail, I’ll switch to #2/0 spirals for the real delicate pieces. I’ve done two portraits, a “Christ Ascending” portrait that was a Jeff Zaffino design and a 10”x20” Last Supper portrait that had to be cut almost entirely with the #2/0 blades. The Christ Ascending portrait had over 350 inside cuts. My eyes took a couple of days to refocus after that one.


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#7 posted 09-05-2010 06:12 PM

Cool.Thanks for the details.

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#8 posted 09-05-2010 07:24 PM

Nice work

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#9 posted 09-06-2010 12:37 AM

Ed you rock with that scroll saw! That is some nice work you have there.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 09-06-2010 06:29 AM

Great work on the portraits. I enjoy the scroll saw and always am inspired by others and your work is no exception. Thanks for sharing.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#11 posted 09-06-2010 01:19 PM

Great work! I didn’t really know how ya’ll did that.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 09-06-2010 03:53 PM

Ed, I love this. Thanks for the link, one question though what kind of software do you use to get the high contrast picture? This is so cool. Thanks again for posting.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#13 posted 09-06-2010 07:00 PM

Hello EMVarona

I like the job with portraits

I ve made a lot of works with my scroll saw and I think that one of the future projects will be a portrait
The difficultie is to choice the picture with a lot of contrast

Good job and nicely done and thanks for the link

Have a nice day

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

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#14 posted 09-07-2010 12:53 AM


Thank you for the kind words. The software I use is GIMP. It is a free software from “Sourceforge” an open source site. My operating system (OS) is “Ubuntu” (not Windows) a Linux based software. Both are free and 99,99% impermeable to viruses, malwares, and popups. The makers also provides the user with upgrades and new versions also for free.

Other softwares that I know with the same high contrast capability are Photoshop and Corelpaint. They operate in the “Windows” environment and cost a fortune to purchase or upgrade. GIMP has the same capabilities although arranged in a different format which is easy to learn.

Open source softwares are produce by communities that help minimize the cut-throat competition of proprietary companies wherein the users end up as victims.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#15 posted 10-05-2010 11:00 PM

EMVarona Hello!

First of all I congratulate you for your wonderful work!
I have a great passion for the art of cutting, so loved
your portrait work!
Your link helped me understand some questions I had!

-- António Guerreiro

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