First Scroll Saw Projects

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Project by PocketHole69 posted 11-22-2010 01:31 AM 11754 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With my table saw out of commission because of a defective switch and a back-ordered replacement I decided to spend some time building skill with my bandsaw. All I had was the “stock” blade which is terrible so yesterday morning I made the drive up to Highland Hardware to pick up some decent blades. While I was there I noticed what looked like a pretty good package deal on a Rikon Scroll Saw that came with blades and a DVD so after a quick call to my wife for permission I took one home.

The rest of the day was spent trying to get a hang of this thing- I made the two simple projects attached and a bunch of scraps :)

They aren’t anything amazing, but hey they’re a start!

The dinosaur was cut from a free pattern I found online and was just a simple project so I could get the hang of how the scroll saw cuts. I originally just cut out the dinosaur shape and then decided to make it a puzzle instead. It’s made from a 1/2” birch ply scrap I had lying around and finished with green spray paint.

My first “real project” attempt, the elephants are from a piece of 4/4 walnut. I finished two of the three pieces in danish oil and the other in clear wipe-on poly for some slight contrast. I’ll probably send these to my grandmother- she has a thing for elephants and probably has 100 or so of every shape, size, and material.

I really like using the scroll saw- I’m probably going to be messing with this thing quite a bit over the holiday.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 01:43 AM

Welcome to the world of scroll sawing. Nice work on your first project. Looks like you are ready to move on toward more complex projects. Good luck as your new found tool takes charge of more and more of your time.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 02:01 AM

I will echo Woodenwizard – Welcome and be warned! ;-)

If you would like a few more patterns, LMK!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 02:08 AM

Awesome job!!!!
If you haven’t found Steve Good's Blog it is a great resource of free patterns. You can keep busy for a long time just with his stuff.

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 02:23 AM

hey, great idea – i really like the elephants! thanks for sharing

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 03:05 AM

John, Bob, and dakremer- Thanks!

Bob, I’d love some more patterns if you have some to share. I’ve found a few online but not many at the beginner skill level so far.

MrsN- thanks for the link, I’ve added it to my reader and already found a couple simple plans I’m going to try :)

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#6 posted 11-22-2010 03:24 AM

So, you caught the scrollsaw bug! Welcome to the club. Kathy Wise has a great beginners Intarsia book, check it out.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#7 posted 11-22-2010 07:03 AM

Those elephants are really cool :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 11-22-2010 12:57 PM


That’s a real good start.
Scrolling can be addictive.
I know.
There are scroll saw forums, and magazines, and books galore.
I really enjoy doing animal puzzles, and it looks like you do too.
Check out books by Judy and Dave Peterson…fun stuff.
Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Steve--

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#9 posted 11-22-2010 01:25 PM

Very nice projects! I particularly like the elephants.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 11-22-2010 06:19 PM

Nice work. I like the elephants, especially with the contrast. Thanks for a little education on how the different finishes look.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 11-22-2010 06:54 PM

Cool elephants. Neat little project.

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#12 posted 11-22-2010 06:55 PM

Those elephants are ridiculously cute! Scroll saws are definitely a lot of fun. I like our idea of using contrasting finished. It turned out very well!

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#13 posted 11-24-2010 06:35 AM

great job with the scroll saw..very well done steve

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#14 posted 11-24-2010 10:30 PM

Now you’ve done it! No body will ever let you quit scrolling. You did a great job. I made the same elephants a couple of weeks ago and gave them to my wife. She took them to work and I have had to make 3 more sets since then. Animal puzzles like the elephants are very popular and there are a couple of great books available with patterns and ideas. Steve Good’s blog, as mentioned earlier, is an endless source of patterns and advice. Scrolling is great fun!

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#15 posted 12-18-2010 04:10 AM

great job ! keep up the great ideas

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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