First Scrollsaw Portrait

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Project by ThomasPittman posted 315 days ago 695 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I’ve seen several of these before and have wanted to try it. I recently picked up a magazine that had an article with the instructions showing how to convert photos to patterns, so I decided to give it a try. I picked what looked to be a simple photo, converted it and cut it out with some scrap MDF that was laying around my garage. I can see now some improvement that I could make, and I’d like to make one out of a better wood (even plywood) than MDF. Now that I’ve showed my wife, she wants me to make them as presents for friends and family. I’ve included pics of the original photo, converted photo for the pattern and the final product (if I don’t frame it in some way). Comments on how others make them, woods you use, or backgrounds welcome.


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#1 posted 315 days ago

Awesome job. It looks just like the picture.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#2 posted 314 days ago

Looks good. I have done a dozen or so of these…some better than others. It’s a fine line between how much detail and what can be cut reasonably. I prefer 1/8” oak plywood with black backer. Then a simple frame from pine and stained dark. You will get better results the more you do!

-- Chris, Virginia,

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#3 posted 314 days ago

the only comment i could offer is – wow, nice job – now I want to see what they look like after you have done a dozen or so…

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#4 posted 314 days ago

You done a great job design and scroll work.

-- Todd

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