Japanese Maple Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 03-10-2014 04:01 PM 1794 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I created at my Mother’s request and occupies a wall in her guest bedroom.

I made this in April of last year and forgot to post it – better late than never, I suppose…......

As far as scrollsaw portraits go, this is by FAR the largest piece I have created. It measures 29×14 inches and is 3/16” thick.

I was lucky to find a solid piece of cherry at this size and even more lucky to be able to resaw this without any warping or cracking!

The entire top sports a live edge as well – bonus!

Finish consisted of a coating of lemon oil to bring out all the great color and depth in the cherry and then a few coats of spray lacquer to give a bit of a shine.

I just visited a week or so ago and it has now oxidized to a really nice dark brownish-red color.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 03-10-2014 04:23 PM

Lovely piece, thanks for sharing.

-- ~Julie~

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#2 posted 03-10-2014 04:56 PM

wow, it turned out beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 03-10-2014 05:06 PM

Beautiful work! A real piece of art!

-- John in Florida

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#4 posted 03-10-2014 05:46 PM

Always like seeing your work. This one is no exception.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 03-10-2014 06:36 PM

Beautiful !!! Gotta see your scroll saw. Must be a monster!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 03-10-2014 07:13 PM


Actually, all I have for scroll saw’s is the Dewalt DW788 “A” model.

It’s a 20” reach saw, which means I have about a 38” reach if I use spiral blades, which I did in this case. :-)

I only needed an 8 inch reach actually – I was able to cut without spinning the workpiece thanks to the spiral blades and go in from both sides.

Thanks for all the compliments!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#7 posted 03-10-2014 07:37 PM

Very nice Bob.

Nice subject, I like it. Seems like it would make a nice Vcarve project too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 03-10-2014 08:46 PM

From one scroller to another…..Beautiful!

-- Chris, Virginia

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#9 posted 03-10-2014 09:37 PM

Beautiful! Would love that hanging on the wall! Compliments!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#10 posted 03-10-2014 09:56 PM

Some really fine scrolling going on there. Nice piece.

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

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#11 posted 03-11-2014 04:26 AM

Beautiful piece, very nice scroll work.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 03-11-2014 06:18 AM

Gorgeous! That’s an heirloom!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#13 posted 03-11-2014 03:49 PM

Nice job on your scroll work. The wood you picked goes great with that picture.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#14 posted 03-14-2014 01:14 PM

Excellent work Bob and a really pretty piece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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