1st Scroll Saw project in 42 years

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About a year and i/2 ago I saw a project that I thought my boss would like on LJ. (You can see the original idea at )
I thought I’d make it for him for Christmas but time slipped away and he is now leaving our organization. Aside from him being a big Star Trek fan, I thought “To Boldly Go!” is particularly poignant.
I had done some scroll work when I was in high school so I thought this would be like falling off a log. Not so. There was no muscle memory there at all. I would have been better off not having the previous experience; I would have had a more appropriate attitude. Any way I made lots of mistakes that I think I have learned from. One of them is that if its cutting really good at 1/3 speed turning to full speed will only allow you to mess up faster.

BTW: This was made from a chunk of elm that my boss gave me. I’m telling him that this is all I got out of the 10” diameter x 4’ chunk he gave me. Resawing elm by hand is a chore.

Thanks for looking.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#1 posted 1370 days ago

That came out really nice!
The story behind the project & material is awesome as well.
He is going to like that a lot.
Good job !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#2 posted 1370 days ago

Nice Cutting, Gary!! And fairly bold on your part, picking out a thick piece of Elm to work with, after 40 years!!
Did you snap a blade or two? That can be a rather unsettling event… ;-)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 1370 days ago

A neat gift Gary, he should be realy pleased with your handywork, good job

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 1370 days ago

Nice touch & well conceived project

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#5 posted 1370 days ago


I have to congratlate you on this. Very well done. It does take a little time to get back in it. Sometimes it depends on how sharp or dull your blades are depending on how much speed you need. How much force you use to push the piece, etc.

Good Job.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#6 posted 1370 days ago

Mike: I only broke 3 blades on the project. After the 2nd break I switched from pinned blades to unpinned. While I only broke 1 pin-less the dog gone things kept popping out of the holder. The scroll saw I have is a $69 special from HF and the pin-less set up requires about 4 hands. My mom always told me that suffering was good for the soul.

Handi: Toward the end of this project, which I’m sure took me a lot longer than it would have if you were running the saw, I was finally getting a good feel for the touch to use. It was getting to be fun at that point.

Eric, Trevor, Pete: Thanks for the kind words.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#7 posted 1369 days ago

I love it, what a great project.

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#8 posted 1369 days ago

Not a 5 year mission though !!! :)

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#9 posted 1369 days ago

Fantastic, I am a huge Trek fan. The link to the original template isn’t valid anylonger, can you share?

Love Long and Prosper

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#10 posted 1369 days ago

Outstanding. Beam me up Scotty. I grew up on Star Trek, I to am a huge fan.

Great Job.

-- Ray

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#11 posted 1369 days ago

Sorry but I have to… SO you are saying that this item came from the Captains Log hehehehehe I recognized the “D” right away even before I read the inscription or description

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#12 posted 1368 days ago

Great project and an awesome gift for his departure.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 1368 days ago

cool … would look great on my desk at work

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#14 posted 1368 days ago

One of many to come I guess.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 1367 days ago

It looks great! No one would ever known it’s been 42 yrs. Great idea and very fitting for the retiring boos.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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