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Choosing the Right Blade

Choosing the Right Blade

Simple guidelines for matching the blade to the pattern and wood by Bob Duncan You can feel your blood pressure rising as the blades keep snapping while you cut. It’s equally frustrating when you try to make tight turns in a small fret, but the blade won’t turn fast enough. […]

by September 6, 2017 Get Started Scrolling, Tools for Beginners
Making the Best Pinewood Derby Car

Making the Best Pinewood Derby Car

Want to make an instant Pinewood Derby winner? We can help From the staff of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Three basic principles govern how fast a car will go. Every worthwhile speed tip works to give your car the maximum benefit from each of these three principles. 1) Maximize […]

by January 14, 2019 How To, Projects, Tips for Beginners
Painting a Chinese Dragon Puzzle

Painting a Chinese Dragon Puzzle

Bring luck to your scroll saw with this take on a Chinese New Year classic By John A. Nelson   Get the pattern and check out the full article in Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Issue #74.  The dragon is a favorite of Tolkien-lovers, Game of Thrones fans, and students […]

Product Review: The Best Beginner Saw

Product Review: The Best Beginner Saw

We broke blades, burned wood, and said a few bad words. But we still think this scroll saw is the best on the market in the under $200 category By Jon Deck, Bob Duncan, Mindy Kinsey, and Kaylee Schofield Widely available, reasonably priced, and tricked out with a stand and […]

For Safety’s Sake

For Safety’s Sake

Here are a few words of wisdom to make your next scrolling adventure or pattern project a safe and enjoyable one!  By Rick Hutcheson Note: This article originally appeared in our Spring 2001 Issue (#2).  We buckle our seat belts. We’re constantly reminding our children or grandchildren to wear their […]

by March 7, 2018 Safety, Tips for Beginners
Gorgeous Grown-Up Color “Wheel”

Gorgeous Grown-Up Color “Wheel”

Learn color theory—and make a beautiful project—with just five paints By Lora S. Irish   Overwhelmed by the paint aisle? Not sure of the difference between yellow-orange and orange-yellow? Completely confused when people talk about primary and secondary colors? This project will answer those questions by helping you create a […]

by January 8, 2018 Finishing for Beginners, Projects, Techniques
Holly

Holly

A beautifully white colored wood that is ideal for ornaments and intarsia work by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 25 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. ‘Tis the season when ornaments and holiday presents are popular. You also hear about holly—holly berries, holly leaves, but what about […]

Mimosa

Mimosa

Ornamental tree hides exotic and beautiful grain by Ben Fink This article was first published in issue 33 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. Mimosa, a popular ornamental tree that sports fern-like leaves, makes a surprisingly good wood for scrolling. The light-colored wood is highlighted by a distinct dark grain that […]

Food-Safe Finishes

Food-Safe Finishes

Find a finish that will protect your family and your work by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 48 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. Woodworkers often want to apply safe finishes to pieces used with food, such as bowls, or toys that children may put in their […]

by November 15, 2017 Finishing for Beginners
Coloring with Acrylic Paints

Coloring with Acrylic Paints

Vast array of colors provide infinite possibilities by Sue Chrestensen and Toni Burghout This article was first published in issue 30 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. Acrylic paint comes in wide variety of colors. By mixing your own custom colors, you can create a broad spectrum of hues to meet […]

Spanish Cedar

Spanish Cedar

by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 30 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. Many people can identify cedar just by smelling it. Most cedars, such as western red cedar, and aromatic cedar, come from an evergreen tree; therefore they fall into the softwoods category with pine and […]