Scroll Saw Sea Shells

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Project by Bob Collins posted 02-27-2014 05:57 AM 3899 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 2 narrow shells achieved while playing around with the angles and number of wedges used. Increasing the scroll saw table angle by a couple of degrees after the 3rd twirl opened the last twirl to much.
I used old oregan an are approx. 8” diam and a bit over 2” width. I used more wedges and each shell has
4 twists or twirls whatever you want to call them, with more wedges and varying the angles the shell could be never ending. These are only a proto type and a learning process.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#1 posted 02-27-2014 06:26 AM

Very nice Bob. That little Stand/Base looks really good too. I am always amazed how you get that slow delicate curl. The wood you made the Base from blends in very well too. Somehow I think you really nailed the natural colour of the ply this time….the blend of the natural ply is nice and shiny and just moves with the curl perfectly.
Excellent Work!!!!



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 06:50 AM

That’s freakin AWESOME Bob.
I don’t think you need much more experimenting, you have it and it is really good.
Thank you for showing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 07:56 AM

You have an awesome imagination. Love the creativity behind these.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 08:07 AM

Bob you’ve excelled again, when you get the formula right will you use solid timber?

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 09:41 AM

A true work of art! A real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 10:52 AM

You have jumped a very wide step in using ply wood and gave it future expectation in present time.
Congratulations, Bob.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#7 posted 02-27-2014 11:17 AM

very cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 02-27-2014 11:30 AM

Wow Bob this one is amazing. It is a progression from the first one to this one, each one if more refined than the one before….excellent work.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 02-27-2014 02:42 PM

Yes I do agree with every one you make they get better looking. This on is just beautiful. I would agree that maybe a black base would make the shell jump or pop. Are these plywood. It looks more like pine. Maybe one of these you try some dye on. I could experiment with these for ever. Great piece.

-- Ron Campbell

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#10 posted 02-27-2014 03:07 PM

This is beautiful and very nicely done.

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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#11 posted 02-27-2014 03:34 PM

These are so wonderfully cool! Keep on making them, as you are on a roll and each one has it’s own character.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 02-27-2014 03:41 PM

I just don’t get how you figure something like that out! It is awesome.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#13 posted 02-27-2014 09:23 PM

You’re getting real good at these Bob, I like the expanding roll out look to this piece.
Well done mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 02-28-2014 05:02 AM

Bob, just had a look at the daily top 15…...WOW Mate!!!! Number 3 is right up there!!!!! Just had to send this message. Again I say well done…...... I Dips Me Lid!!!!!!



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#15 posted 02-28-2014 07:14 AM

Verry demanding project! Excellent work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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