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Scroll Saw

Scroll Saw

Scroll Sawing or Fretwork has been a woodworking craze in the United States since the early 1800's. It came to other countries like Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, and England centuries before.

The essential difference between yesteryear and present-day is how we scroll saw. In the early years, they used a fret saw frame that was made of wood with some metal reinforcement. The blade was put in the saw and you worked it in an up and down motion. More...

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  • A piece of 1/4" Italian poplar plywood standing upright. A smooth light cream color makes up the face of 1/4" Italian poplar plywood.

    1/4" Poplar Plywood

    Cherry Tree Toys

    $7.25
    Thin and lightweight poplar plywood is great for scroll work, jigsaw puzzles, wood burning and other delicate projects. It's also a smart choice for use in flooring, furniture, and cabinetry because of its durability and affordability. Our plywood is...
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  • This photo is showing the direction of the teeth on this  Pegas Spiral Scroll Saw Blade.

    Pegas Spiral Scroll Saw Blades

    Pegas

    $3.69
    Spiral blades provide cutting around the entire periphery of the blade due to a helical shape. This design allows work to be fed in straight moves. The work does not have to be turned to make cuts, so sharp inside corners can be created...
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  • Cherry Tree Toys Shark Skip Tooth Scroll Saw Blades

    Shark Skip Tooth Scroll Saw Blades

    Cherry Tree Toys

    $3.29
    Evenly spaced teeth with a flat space between each tooth for fast, clean cutting. Blades are 5 inches long with one dozen blades per pack.Great for Solid Surface material like Avonite and Corian. Please select the blade size and dimensions...
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  • A portion of #5 Galaxy top cut blade showing the two teeth going in the same direction with one in the opposite direction, spacing and another set. Galaxy Top Cut Scroll Saw Blades

    Galaxy Top Cut Scroll Saw Blades

    Galaxy

    $3.59
    Galaxy Blades are top of the line blades made in Germany with the highest quality steel.Galaxy blades are very sharp and do not stretch as you are sawing.The Top Cut scroll saw blades feature each 3rd tooth as a reverse tooth.This provides a...
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  • Built scroll saw Clock made from our Wall Hanging Grandfather Clock Plan.

    Wall Hanging Grandfather Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $19.95
     The Wall Hanging Grandfather Clock scroll saw pattern is an incredible fretwork project that will be a cherished possession for years to come. Its miniature size is very convenient with limited wall space.  A door featured in the midsection of...
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  • A finished scroll saw clock using our Dome Clock Scroll Saw Plan.

    Dome Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $29.95
    Dome Clock Scroll Saw Pattern Once you've completed this project, you can count yourself among the masters! Each floor is elaborately detailed with intricate cutouts and embellishments. Measures 22 inches Wide x 50 inches High x 12 inches Deep...
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The first power tools came to light in the late 1800's with foot-powered scroll saws. These included a stool and pedals attached to the work surface of the scroll saw. To operate the saw, you sat and pedaled the saw, making the blade go up and down. It was an exercise and hobby all in one.

Today, many scroll saws are available. They allow superior blade tensioning, variable speed control, and different throat depths starting at about 16 inches and going to about 30 inches. Most scroll saws have tilting tables that tilt up to 45 degrees for angled cuts, dust ports, and dust blowers.

Most scroll saws still feature a parallel arm that makes the intricate scrolling cuts. The pinless blades (regular scroll saw blades) change easily with a moveable upper arm. Cheaper saws feature pinned blades, but they both can make some pretty intricate cuts.

Speaking of scroll saw blades, there are a lot of combinations. Pin End or pinless blades are your first choice and are ruled by what your scroll saw can handle. If you have pinned scroll saw blades, you can get a scroll saw conversion kit to make it fit the pinless blades.

To do a scroll saw project, you'll need scroll saw blades, a scroll saw or fretwork frame (yes, we still have them), a pattern, a copy of the scroll saw pattern. Then, you'll either need to trace the pattern on the wood or go ahead and adhere the pattern to the wood. You'll need wood, a drill, and a drill bit to pierce the interior holes to cut them out.

Think about putting a nice finish on your scroll saw project. Sanding is king; sand your piece with at least 120 grit sandpaper. If you are applying a stain, you will need to sand up to 220 grit.

When you are ready to apply the finish, a spray finish works best. You can sand the flat surfaces between coats to keep the finished piece lovely to the touch.

There are thousands of fretwork projects to choose from. Start with simple ornaments, silhouettes, and shelves, then move up to harder silhouettes, boxes, baskets, and small clocks. When you're ready, attack those challenging pieces that you've dreamed of doing to amaze yourself and your friends. They will know that you are a master scroll sawyer.

Don't forget there are plenty of resources along the way to help you with your scroll sawing adventure. Take a look at the many woodworking books and scroll saw books that are available. You might even like to take a shot at Intarsia!

No matter what scroll saw part you need, Cherry Tree Toys has got you covered. Add our scroll sawing equipment to your cart today to create the project you’ve always dreamed of.