Scrollsaw candy dish

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Project by mainwoodworks posted 03-02-2011 03:14 PM 1730 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like scrollsawing. It gives me a chance to set down and do woodworking. the candy dish is made of red oak fall offs from another project. What makes this somewhat unique are the finger joints. I stained the piece with golden oak by dipping it and then blowing the excess of with air. then added a spray coat of poly.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 03:22 PM

I am just now learning the power of the scroll saw, so I have idea what it took to create such a beautiful project. Congratulations, very well done

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 03:34 PM

I have been a scrollsaw’er for about six months and JUST love it. Creating this type of project is the thing I always want to do. Adding the finger joints was a great touch. I know the on the original patterns those were, most likely, not there. I also noticed a scroll project on the coffee table (lower shelf) that looks great, as well.

Kepp scroll’in

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 04:07 PM

Don, you nailed this one!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 04:18 PM

Looks great! I wish I had that kind of patience…

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 05:30 PM

Thank you all for your nice comments. And thanks Top for your service.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 06:16 PM

The scrollwork is really nice. What really stands out to me is the finger joints – to be able to accurately do angled finger joints is real talent.

Nice job!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Heidi Neely

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#7 posted 03-02-2011 06:32 PM

Now THAT’S one elegant candy dish! I just started learning to get the feel for the scroll saw around the holidays, and made a few simple things. Seeing this makes me excited to go out there and try something a little more tricky. Beautiful job :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#8 posted 03-02-2011 07:29 PM

The finger joints are not that difficult. I made these on the router table (the secrete is making the jig). There are books with formulas for computing the angles (some trig. Is required). The finger joints are perpendicular to the edge and only the tilt angle is required. I generally add about 1 degree for every 5 degrees of slope. This is usually adequate to close the joint.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#9 posted 03-02-2011 09:09 PM


You’ve done a very good job

What’s your secret jig for the finger joints ?

I like it a lot

Thanks a lot for sharing

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

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Monty Queen

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#10 posted 03-03-2011 01:28 AM

Wow awesome job on your candy dish. Beautiful detail.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 03-03-2011 05:07 AM

and the joints as well.

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 03-03-2011 05:26 PM

This basket is reminiscent of some bread baskets I’ve posted. The main difference is that yours is so much nicer than mine. Excellent work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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