Tips for Easy Saw Maintenance
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
by kelly
2w ago
Heed these simple instructions to keep your saw in working order By Charles Hand, with Rolf Beuttenmuller This may be hard to believe, but in over 15 years of scrolling, I have never replaced a clamp or thumb screw. I’ve been able to keep my various machines—my oldest saw is a 1998 model—running like new by following a simple maintenance routine. I’ve laid it out here, as well as a few tips I’ve picked up along the way. Taking care of your scroll saw doesn’t have to be daunting, but it should be an investment you take seriously. Not only will your saw thank you for it, but your wallet will, to ..read more
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Butterfly Fretwork
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
by kelly
2w ago
Stunning seasonal design brings the feeling of spring inside By Alison Tanner Cut by Dale Helgerson Butterflies are colorful reminders of spring and symbols of the rebirth of the spirit. These fretwork butterfly designs look great framed or hung directly on the wall. You could also stack watercolor paper or card stock between thin plywood, cut the design, and paint the paper cutouts with watercolors or acrylics. Or, trace the individual butterflies and cut them separately from wood or plastic to create wall accents or a colorful mobile. Before diving into this project, double check your scr ..read more
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Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Summer 2024 (Issue #95)
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
by kelly
2w ago
The Summer 2024 issue of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts includes a variety of fascinating features and techniques, as well as nature-themed projects and patterns. This issue is a part of the regular magazine subscription. It is also available from your favorite retailer or from Fox Chapel Publishing, foxchapelpublishing.com, 1-800-457-9112.  Click Here for Summer Issue Features Making Patterns Work for You Follow these tips to put project plans to good use By Staff of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts The Blind Woodsman For John Furniss, woodworking is ..read more
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Lighthouse Puzzles
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
by kelly
2w ago
Channel seaside vibes with these beacons of hope By Sarah Lyn Chamberlain If you are a fan of the beach, you probably have a fondness for lighthouses, too. These giant towers have welcomed ships and attracted tourists for millennia. I’ve included a bonus pattern; you can use the below instructions to construct both. Getting Started Choose a light wood; I prefer 3/4″ (1.9cm)-thick pine. Prepare the blank by sanding progressively through the grits to 220. Cover the surface with blue painter’s tape. Photocopy the pattern, and then use spray adhesive to secure it to the surface of the tape ..read more
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Animal Doorstops
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
by kelly
3M ago
A quick and easy solution to unwanted wood scraps By Carl Hird-Rutter My shop is full of scraps, which I find hard to throw out. I thought of a way to remedy this problem with doorstops that can be cut from 3/4″ (19mm) scraps or even 2×4 offcuts. To make sure no small pieces from your doorstop project fall through the hole near the scroll saw blade, create a zero-clearance jig to keep all your wood pieces on the saw table. Making the Doorstops Photocopy and attach the pattern, placing the pattern on the milled edge of the wood to ensure a straight cut. Cut the pattern using a #5 reverse-too ..read more
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Zero-Clearance Jigs
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
by kelly
3M ago
Shop made jigs make it easy to cut small pieces on your scroll saw By Gary MacKay There are times when the hole around the blade on your scroll saw is big enough to interfere with your cutting. To avoid small pieces falling down through the hole or to support delicate fretwork, add an auxiliary table on top of your saw table. Once you have added your auxiliary table to your scroll saw, scroll a cute and simple animal doorstopper.  Simple Auxiliary Table This simple auxiliary table works best with small projects. Cut a 1/8″ (3mm)-thick by 2″ (51mm)-wide strip of plywood to the ..read more
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Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Spring 2024 (Issue #94)
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
by kelly
3M ago
The Spring 2024 issue of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts includes a variety of fascinating features and techniques, as well as nature-themed projects and patterns. This issue is a part of the regular magazine subscription. It is also available from your favorite retailer or from Fox Chapel Publishing, foxchapelpublishing.com, 1-800-457-9112.  Click Here for Spring Issue Features Wood Profile: Purpleheart Get to know a fun, exotic hardwood that’ll add flair to scrolled bowls, fretwork, and intarsia By Janette Square Projects Baby Giraffe Intarsia Portr ..read more
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Vegetable Garden Stakes
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
by kelly
3M ago
This versatile project keeps your garden organized and beautiful By Jon Deck Every gardener knows the anticipation of beholding a garden bursting with colorful produce. However, this sight occurs for a brief time between emergence and harvest. For most of the season, the garden shows only greenery in various stages from shoots to mature plants. These garden markers herald the bounty to come in vibrant fashion. For most, the backyard garden is a family effort. And this project takes that energy into the workshop. The shapes of the stakes and vegetable cutouts are simple to cut—great for kids an ..read more
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Holiday Ornament Scroll-Off
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
by kelly
4M ago
Congratulations to the WINNERS of the Holiday Ornament Scroll-Off Contest, and thanks to all who shared their festive creativity with us. The staff of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts would also like to send a BIG THANKS the generous sponsors for their donations of prizes for our five talented winners. 1st Place: John Bare           2nd Place: Marlies Shipman   3rd Place: Frederick Conklin 4th Place: Charles Wolfe   Editor’s Picks: Jennifer Burton and William Franks                 ..read more
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Tackling Tough Fretwork
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts
by kelly
5M ago
With these helpful tips and tricks, there’s no need to fret when scrolling a delicate piece By Rolf Beuttenmuller and Charles Hand Beginners and seasoned scrollers alike often find fretwork intimidating. High-hole-count patterns can seem impossible at first glance—but in reality, they are simply large collections of holes. If you can follow a line, then you can cut a complex fretwork project! That said, here are a few key things to consider before you tackle your first one. After learning about these helpful fretwork tips and tricks, put them to the test by scrolling a majestic gray wolf portr ..read more
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