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Project by SawTooth1953 posted 1101 days ago 1683 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fretwork bowl, cut from a single piece of 1/2” maple using the scroll saw. Each concentric ring is rotated one unit during glue-up. The second pic shows the view from above, revealing the resulting swirl-effect. (The pattern is, I believe, by Tina Florin.) This bowl got a 4th place ribbon in the “Fretwork, Basic” category at the WI Scroll Saw Trade Show last weekend.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#1 posted 1101 days ago

NIce joib. Congrats on the award,

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#2 posted 1099 days ago

Thank you.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#3 posted 1081 days ago

I just found this..i don’t do scrollwork, but I like this quite a lot. neat look

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#4 posted 1081 days ago

Michelle, Thanks for liking it… Armed with only an interesting looking pattern, I had to come up with a method to do the glue up that would enable very tight, uniform alignment even though there was minimal contact area from layer to layer… suffice it to say, the method involved styrofoam board and bamboo skewers. And to all that wondered where I found a piece of maple that looks just like oak,
rest assured that it is oak and I just now caught my error! (no idea how or why I knew that I cut “oak”, yet my fingers typed “maple”... thank goodness it isn’t important!)

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#5 posted 936 days ago

That is so cool. I tried to do this but lets just say my bandsaw skills are seriously lacking. That and my band saw is ANCIENT and almost impossible to use.. I need to upgrade but I want a drum sander first! :)

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#6 posted 936 days ago

Jen, I don’t know that anyone could cut this one with a bandsaw… probably impossible. This is where the scroll saw and its thin blades show their place in the shop. And this one isn’t cut at a bevel angle as would the “band from a board” (which can be done with band saw or scroll saw). For this one, the scroll saw table/blade angle is 90 degrees… it works because when a ring is rotated “one unit”, there is some overlap with the next ring (albeit very small areas of overlap, as seen in the view from above). The glue-up was done w/dots of glue applied with a toothpick… and then not nearly as much pressure as one would apply with the bevel-cut version.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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