Mabry Mill fretwork

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Project by triviasteve posted 02-01-2014 05:17 AM 1936 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jeff Zafino’s Mabry Mill pattern. This one took a while… But well worth the results. One of my favorite places to see along the Blue Ridge Parkway. As you can see from the picture of the real thing, Jeff’s pattern was really spot on.

I guess there have been some problems with Jeff’s site… these plans were purchased a year or so ago… project finished quite some time ago as well. Just now getting around to uploading some things…

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 01:49 PM

Nice job, so many inside cuts.Must have taken a while. I’ve just bought a scrollsaw and look forward to being this skilled at cutting. What type blades did you use on this project?

-- Mike Wix

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 02:11 PM

I am a huge fan of the Flying Dutchman spiral blades. I have a Dewalt scroll saw, so I use the flat end blades. I find that I have a greater amount of control with these blades when doing fretwork, and am able to make a much more accurate cut with them (I’ve actually cut mortice and tenons with them with excellent results).

On this one, it was probably the #3 blade if I recall correctly.

Congrats on your new saw, and it won’t be long until you can do this. It mostly just takes patience and time. Monkeys could do this if they could follow a pattern.

Check out, Steve Good’s site for simple plans to get you started on the scroll saw. He has a lot of neat projects out there that are fun to make and usually can be done in a few hours.

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 03:07 PM

Really nice work. I enjoy visiting the Mabry Mill myself and you did a great job.

-- arnies

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#4 posted 02-01-2014 06:26 PM

Great job and a beautiful pattern

-- Steve

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 02:42 AM

That’s some fancy fretwork! Beautifully done.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 02:43 AM

Really great workmanship:-)

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 07:18 AM

Ah yea, you did a great job on that one. I love scrolling as well. Flying Dutchman blades are the best I have found.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 02-02-2014 02:04 PM

Great job.

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#9 posted 02-02-2014 02:17 PM

Wow!. You did a great job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 02-05-2014 03:38 PM

Excellent job on that gorgeous piece of scroll work, beautiful scenery and very intricate.

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#11 posted 02-11-2014 06:03 PM

Outstanding work! I can relate to the amount of time it took.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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