Animal Doorstops

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Animal Doorstops

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-tooth blade. Drill holes for the eyes. Perform an inside cut on the beak of the owl. Sand and finish, or leave natural. If the doorstop slips on the floor, glue a piece of foam shelf liner to the bottom.



• Wood scraps: at least 3/4″ (19mm) thick

• Sandpaper


• Scroll saw blades: #5 reverse-tooth

• Drill with bit: 1/8″ (3mm)-dia.


About the Author

Carl Hird-Rutter has been scrolling for more than 15 years. Four years ago he suffered from a stroke, which slowed his creative process. With the arrival of his grandson Max, he has a renewed interest in scrolling and hopes to produce many more patterns.


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