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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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  • Built  Wall Hanging scroll saw Grandfather Clock made from oak with intricate details.

    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. It's miniature size is very convenient  with a limited wall space.  A door featured in the...
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  • Wildwood Designs 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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  • Wildwood Designs Mill Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Mill Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $14.95
    The Mill Clock will surely get the attention from your friends and family. The great detail on this clock can't be missed. The mill clock is a unique clock with a water wheel that can be motorized. The Mill Clock Plan is a full size scroll saw clock plan...
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  • Built Black Forest Clock Scroll Saw using the Wild Wood Design Plan.

    Black Forest Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $16.95
    The Black Forest Clock is a beautiful clock all around. The magnificent detail that is within this clock will grab anyone's attention. Designed for using contrasting woods for the overlays, this is a gorgeous clock when completed. The Black Forest Clock...
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  • Wildwood Designs Chimes of Normandy Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Chimes of Normandy Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $26.95
    Chimes of Normandy Clock Scroll Saw Plan The Chimes of Normandy is a stately clock that will be cherished for years to come. This magnificent clock stands 40" high by 20" wide and 11" deep when finished. Now that's a big clock! The Chimes of Normandy...
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  • Wildwood Designs Roman Cathedral Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Roman Cathedral Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $27.95
    Roman Cathedral Scroll Saw Clock Plan  The Roman Cathedral Scroll Saw Clock Plan is a new challenge for the experienced sawyer. The Roman Cathedral Clock is a stately European style clock with many compound cuts. The Roman Cathedral Scroll Saw...
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  • Wildwood Designs Cottage Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Cottage Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $14.95
    Cottage Clock Scroll Saw Plan The Cottage Clock Plan is a time honored scroll saw clock plan that when finished making it, it will fit into any home. The Cottage Clock can easily be made by the beginning scroll sawyer. The Cottage Clock Plan is a full...
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  • Wildwood Designs Victorian Sleigh Scroll Saw Plan

    Victorian Sleigh Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $7.95
    Victorian Sleigh Plan The Victorian Sleigh Plan is a full size scroll saw plan that comes on two sheets of 11 x 17" paper. This full size scroll saw plan provides you with the traceable patterns for the front panel, side panels, upper rear panel, lower...
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  • Wildwood Designs Dome Clock Scroll Saw Stand Plan

    Dome Clock Scroll Saw Stand Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $9.95
    Dome Clock Scroll Saw Stand Plan  If you have accomplished making our magnificent Dome Clock or you are wanting to make it, you should also consider making this beautiful stand for your clock to sit on. The Dome Clock Stand Plan is a full size...
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  • Wildwood Designs Wilderness Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Wilderness Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $10.95
    Wilderness Clock Plan Make the Wilderness Clock Plan your next scroll saw project! The detailed and intricate embellishments of the deer in the woods is absolutely stunning. This scroll saw clock is surely one that will be cherished for many...
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  • Wildwood Designs Fleur Box Scroll Saw Plan

    Fleur Box Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $8.95
    Fleur Box Plan The Fleur Box is an elegant box with many uses. Line the inside with wood, plastic, felt or cloth to create a beautiful scroll saw keepsake box. Use as a handkerchief, glove or potpourri box. Imagine the scroll saw fleur box...
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  • Finished scroll saw clock cut out on a piece of oak using the  Williamsburg Wall Clock Scroll Saw Plan.

    Williamsburg Wall Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $21.95
    The Williamsburg Wall Clock Plan is a marvelous design that is uniquely different. This scroll saw pattern provides you with traceable patterns for the entire clock, easy-to-follow instructions and tells you what materials to use. This scroll saw...
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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.