Fall-Themed Napkin Holders

issues-ssw04-napkinHoldrSimple yet practical pin-end projects

If you’ve been searching for a simple project that’s perfect for your pin-end blade scroll saw, your search is over. These napkin holders were designed for scrollers of all skill levels, and especially for those with pin-end machines. With a little planning and some stack cutting, you’ll be amazed at how quickly these treasures can make their way to your holiday table.

Picking the Wood, Making the Cuts

The pieces you see in this article were cut from maple and walnut. I enjoy working with walnut, and maple is a good wood to paint. Certainly, feel free to select your favorite wood. Just make sure that the thickness is in the 1 ¾4″ and 1 ¾2″ range.

Download and print the pattern. You’ll note that the patterns have lines on them. These lines indicate a suggested grain direction, so you should select and cut your wood with the lines in mind. Next, mark the centerlines of each piece of wood.

Begin by spraying the pattern back with a temporary bond adhesive and affixing it to the appropriate piece of wood, aligning the centerline of the pattern with the centerline of the wood.

Making sure that your blade is properly aligned and tensioned, cut out the pieces. Once completed, sand them with the palm sander using 100-grit sandpaper. Now apply the spray finish. Once this first coat is dry, use 150-grit sandpaper and sand by hand. Spray again, hand sand again with 200-grit paper, and spray with a third coat.

Paint the pieces prior to assembly. Glue and clamp the feet to the bottom. Do the same to attach the head/breast to the wings. When the glue has dried, glue and clamp the tail feathers and wings to the bottom at the same time.

Once the glue has dried, attach self-sticking felt pads.


Wood of choice: 3/8″ x 5″ x 2″ (bottom)
Wood of choice: 3/18″ x 3″ x 4″ (feet)
Wood of choice: 3/8″x 3″ x 4 ½” (wings)
Wood of choice: 3/8″ 4 ¾” x 2 ½” (head/breast)
Wood of choice: 3/8″ x 5 ¼” 5 ¼” (tail feathers)
Wood of choice: 3/8″ x 4 ½” x 4 ½” (sheaves/pumpkin)
Wood of choice: 3/8″x 5 ½” x 4 ¾” (ghost)
Wood of choice: 3/8″ x 4″ x 4″ (napkin holder back)
Temporary bond spray adhesive
Wood glue or epoxy, depending on wood choices
Clear finish of choice or paint
4 adhesive felt pads
2 6” wood clamps

#2 reverse-tooth blade
#5 reverse-tooth blade
Drill or drill press with ¼” bit


CLICK HERE to download the Napkin Holder Pattern.