Scroll Saw Project

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Project by Lee A. Jesberger posted 2392 days ago 4637 views 1 time favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After reading Ms. Debbie’s post this morning, I noticed she has a passion for scroll sawing.

My experience with a scroll saw is somewhat limited, but I do have a great saw, and it does get some use. I often use it for dovetails, as it speeds up that process, while providing an amazing amount of accuracy. I cut the sides of the dovetails with an Inddependence saw from Lie Nelson, and cut the bottoms with the scroll saw. Very quick process.

My main reason to purchase one was because I didn’t have one, and I needed to buy a new tool. (Sad huh?)

Really, I wanted to be able to do inlays in some of my veneer projects. The fine blades available for this saw make it a perfect choice for this.

A couple photos I could find quickly are shown above. I can’t figure out what my computer does with all the pictures that are in there. Maybe I should shake it a little, to bring the pictures to the top.LOL

The fan inlay will eventually become a jewelry box front, (design still in progress). The truth is I can’t remember if I used the scroll saw, or a scapel to cut this, but it is one of my favorite designs.

The wheat inlay was a practice session for layered, or sandwiched cutting, also known a packet of veneers, where all the contrasting species of veneers are cut at one shot. The finest of the blades permit a gap free fit when the scroll saw table is tilted slightly. From memory I think it’s about a two degree tilt. The final parts will fit in several configurations, which can be used for different colored results, all with perfect fitting parts. No filling is required between the pieces due to the tight fit.

The scroll saw cut out in Mahogany was a trial run of the saw when I first bought it. Eventually it will become a candle shelf. It’s for my wife so there’s no hurry. If you look closely, you’ll see several peacocks in the pattern.

I purchased the plans and parts to make a cathedral clock which stand about four feet tall, but it will have to wait until I have the time to devote to it.

All in all, the scroll saw is a great tool and permit super accurate work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 2392 days ago

Very nice work, Lee! That first picture looks like some very accurate and ornate work.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 2392 days ago

Alright, Lee. Inquiring minds need to know. What scroll saw did you get? Hegner, Excalibur, DeWalt 788?
I want to do stacked and Boule marquetry someday and have always dreamed of getting a decent machine. For now the Craftsman I picked up 10 years ago (a not too distant cousin of the wobble dado) has to do.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 2392 days ago

Very nice inlay work. I thought that you need to tilt about 7 Degrees to get a tight gap free fit?

I remember trying that when I first got my scroll saw. I remember it being a pain in the butt to
keep the blade and workpiece at the top of the cut to keep the angle consistent.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 2392 days ago

Nice work Lee.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 2392 days ago

Thanks Tom.

Hi Douglas, I have the Hawk G-4 26” scroll saw which is a great saw.

Gary, you might be right. That’s the first number that came to mind (7degree), but it’s also the degree of tilt on the ezee-feed legs, so I figured that’s why it sounded familiar. Although I have to check because 2 degrees “feels” right.

Thanks Rikkor


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 2392 days ago

Yes to all the above.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 2392 days ago

good stuff, Lee. I’ll bet Moma will like the candle stand.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 2392 days ago

Great Design Lee. Nice work on the Veneer inlays/

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 2392 days ago

Thank You Gentlemen;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 2392 days ago

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 2392 days ago

Thanks Ms. Debbie;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2392 days ago

Beautiful fret work Lee. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 2392 days ago

I know that this takes a lot of patience. Nice work.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#14 posted 2392 days ago

Nice work Lee.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 2391 days ago

Thank you Gene and Bill.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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