Techniques

Photo Tips: New Year's Resolution

Photo Tips: New Year's Resolution

(No Will Power Needed) By Jon Deck I am constantly sought out to evaluate images that are sent to us by contributors. And the first thing I look for is the resolution of the photo. Many times we receive images that are far too low in resolution to meet the […]

by December 30, 2015 Techniques
Teaching a Tween

Teaching a Tween

Want to get the kids in your life into scrolling? Grab some scrap wood and follow our easy instructions.   1. Prepare the wood. Sand the wood and remove the sawdust. Explain that it is easier to sand a large piece of wood than a small cut puzzle piece. Use your […]

by November 5, 2015 Techniques
Cutting Dovetails By Hand

Cutting Dovetails By Hand

Basic techniques to cut dovetails with a few hand tools In the Great Book of Woodworking, the Editors of Skills Institute Press provided an article on making a Shaker-style step stool. In the article, the editors demonstrated how to cut the dovetails with a router, but, and jig. For instructions on […]

by December 3, 2014 Techniques
Creating Photo Patterns

Creating Photo Patterns

It’s easier than you might think to make photo patterns In Scroll Saw Woodworking & CraftsFall 2013 (Issue 52), our art director, Jon Deck, offers an updated version of Gary Browning’s classic instructions for making portrait-style scroll saw patterns from photos. The article demonstrates how to use GIMP, a free photo-editing software. […]

by June 26, 2014 Techniques
Cutting Sharp Corners

Cutting Sharp Corners

Practice this basic technique to produce crisp sharp corners Step-by-step photos by Ben Fink and Scott Kriner Cutting tight corners is an acquired skill and it intimidates many new scrollers. Some scrollers turn in the waste area or approach the corner from multiple directions. However, these techniques will not work […]

by March 25, 2014 Techniques
Circle Cutting Jig

Circle Cutting Jig

Simple jig allows you to cut perfect circles with a band saw In the Great Book of Woodworking, the Editors of Skills Institue Press demonstrated how to make a Shaker-style Candle Table. The project required you to cut a perfect circle. While there are commercial jigs to cut perfect circles […]

by December 4, 2013 Shop Tips, Techniques
Circle Cutting Jig

Circle Cutting Jig

Simple jig allows you to cut perfect circles with a band saw In the Great Book of Woodworking, the Editors of Skills Institue Press demonstrated how to make a Shaker-style Candle Table. The project required you to cut a perfect circle. While there are commercial jigs to cut perfect circles with […]

by December 4, 2013 Shop Tips, Techniques

Cutting Compound Projects

Articles from Sue Mey and Diana Thompson demonstrate how to cut compound projects In the Holiday 2013 Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts (Issue 53), Sue Mey offered several compound-cut ornament patterns. Sue has been getting requests for more information on how to cut these kinds of projects, so we’ve uploaded these […]

by November 5, 2013 Techniques
Creating a custom building portrait

Creating a custom building portrait

Hand-draw or use software to design your own pattern A friend commissioned me to cut a fretwork portrait of the Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C. I used her photo to create the pattern and portrait of the famous mansion. Since then I have finished a few more house projects. Most […]

by June 25, 2012 Techniques
Fretwork Basics

Fretwork Basics

It’s all just one cut at a time Chances are, the first time you saw a fretwork piece, your first thought was, “Wow.” And the second was “I could never do that.” That’s where you’re wrong, my friend. With just a few pointers and patience, you can scroll even the […]

by December 24, 2011 Techniques