Ornate Fretwork Cross

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Project by scrollingmom posted 10-18-2013 01:50 PM 2434 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a new scroll saw not too long ago and it is the same as the one I already had, but I still am not used to this saw. For some reason it is taking me some time to get used to it, it just doesn’t cut the same. These crosses are an example.. I stack cut these crosses. They are 3/8” thick, so not too bad, but the bottom one did not come out like the top one. I have not had that problem since I first started to scroll saw. So to somewhat fix the problem, after finishing the pattern, I cut out the middle of the Walnut cross to make it look halfway decent.

One cross is made of Maple and the other Walnut. They measure 8” x 10 1/2” x 3/8”. I finished them with spray lacquer and then buffed them with a little bit of wax.

The pattern is made by Bobby Riggs and came out the latest magazine of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts.

Thanks for looking.


-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#1 posted 10-18-2013 03:11 PM

Kelly, this is some real nice scroll work. These are beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 10-18-2013 04:22 PM

They look great to me—I really, really had to look to see what you cut out. Very nicely done as always.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-18-2013 04:39 PM

They both look great, Kelly.
Could it be that the new saw does not cut straight up and down. I have a Delta with the big cast arm and it rocks so it you put a thick piece on it, you can see a difference from top to bottom a little bit!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-18-2013 05:15 PM

They look pretty good to me

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 10-18-2013 07:47 PM

Nice job. Funny how a new saw can challenge you a bit. I am sure you will get it adjusted and become familiar with the saw in no time. It was difficult for me to see the differences. Don’t say anything and no one will notice.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 10-18-2013 09:06 PM

What an incredible example of woodcraft! The pattern looks great.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 10-18-2013 10:59 PM

Great job on the crosses Kelly. I don’t know what kind of scroll saw you have. I have a Dewalt 788 and I find that if it is not sawing probably it is usually the table has shifted a bit. Every time I start a new project I check my blade with a protractor to make sure the blade is 90 degrees to the table. I find if it is out even a hair it effects the accuracy of my cuts.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#8 posted 10-19-2013 05:21 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 10-19-2013 02:39 PM

Very well done, really like the pattern and just got it from scroll saw mag.
I agree with the comments about checking the blade to make sure it’s at a right angle with the table.
The built in scale on the table is about 2 degs off.

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#10 posted 10-19-2013 05:26 PM

Thanks everyone I’m on my way out to check the blade and table now. It’s just easier to think that it is me and not the saw.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#11 posted 10-20-2013 11:58 AM

Those are beautiful, Kelly.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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