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
Coloring With Natural Dyes

Coloring With Natural Dyes

Use common kitchen ingredients to make lively dyes Color your toys beautifully and safely by dyeing them with natural berries, spices, and plants. These safe, nontoxic dyes are easy to make and fun to apply, and will tint your toys with a wash of transluscent color. Natural dyes are best […]

by September 13, 2011 Techniques
Maintaining Maximum Control

Maintaining Maximum Control

Learn the correct way to hold and maneuver a scroll saw blank In the Summer 2011 issue of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts (SSW43), long-time scroll saw author and instructor Joanne Lockwood shares a few techniques for beginners. Joanne has always felt the best way to learn scroll saw techniques […]

by March 23, 2011 Techniques
Wavy Snowflakes

Wavy Snowflakes

Easy to make wavy snowflake project Children are taught early on that no two snowflakes are alike. So, it’s fitting that this fascinating project is one that anyone, including youngsters—with some help—can make. To ensure that each snowflake is different, don’t be exact when tracing the lines for the snowflake […]

by September 2, 2009 Techniques
Scroll Saw Joinery

Scroll Saw Joinery

Making the table saw jigs You will need a table saw jig, to make hinges, cut box sides, cut slots in box sides for the box bottom, and to cut the 45 degree beveled box corners. My table saw jig is 20″ x 24″, but, if you have a smaller […]

by September 2, 2009 Techniques