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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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  • Fox Chapel Publishing Making Wooden Gear Clocks

    Making Wooden Gear Clocks

    Fox Chapel Publishing

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    Making Wooden Gear Clocks Make Time Fly with Wood Making a piece of wood move is fun, but making it tell time is truly amazing! Inside this book you ll find ingenious plans for creating awesome wooden machines that actually move and keep time. These...
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  • Fox Chapel Publishing Big Book of Gizmos and Gadgets

    Big Book of Gizmos & Gadgets

    Fox Chapel Publishing

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    Inside the Big Book of Gizmos & Gadgets you'll find marvelous plans for making 15 wildly inspired mechanical marvels from wood. These working wooden wonders might just be the most enjoyable projects you ever build in your shop! Each pattern has...
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  • The cover of US Military Designs is showing the different scroll sawn Military designs.

    U.S. Military Designs

    Fox Chapel Publishing

    $14.99
    U.S. Military Designs This book U.S. Military Designs by Mike & Vicky includes dozens of plans that are full size. These plans include Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy-themed projects. These designs are not just used for scroll...
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  • Fox Chapel Publishing Christmas Ornaments for Woodworking

    Christmas Ornaments for Woodworking

    Fox Chapel Publishing

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    Christmas Ornaments for Woodworking Celebrate the Season with Wooden Holiday Ornaments for Every Decor!  The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year and one of the favorite themes for woodworkers everywhere! From the studio of...
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  • A photo of the book Scroll Saw Workbook 3rd Edition showing the scroll saw cutting a piece of wood with a pattern on it.

    Scroll Saw Workbook 3rd Edition

    Fox Chapel Publishing

    $16.99
    Scroll Saw Workbook 3rd Edition The Scroll Saw Workbook 3rd Edition by John A. Nelson is the ultimate Scroll Saw Guide.  The Scroll Saw Workbook 3rd Edition comprises a variety of information about scroll saws. The Scroll Saw Workbook 3rd...
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  • Fox Chapel Publishing Woodworkers Pattern Book

    Woodworker's Pattern Book

    Fox Chapel Publishing

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    Woodworker's Pattern Book Start scroll sawing animals that look realistic and are beautiful with the Woodworker's Pattern book.  There are 78 realistic patterns of animals from wolves and eagles to giraffes, tiger, rabbits and everything in between...
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  • A View of the gear clocks you can build with this book Wooden Clocks.

    Wooden Clocks

    Fox Chapel Publishing

    $24.95
    Wooden Clocks Wooden Clocks is a collection of 31 wooden clocks selected by the Editors of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts, contains a collection of the most beloved clock projects - from fancy fretwork grandfather clocks to...
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  • Showing the cover of the book Wooden Puzzles with a star in puzzle pieces all put together.

    Wooden Puzzles

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    Wooden Puzzles Wooden Puzzles has a Scroll Saw puzzle project waiting for you inside this new book. Collected from the pages of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts, you'll discover 31 of the most beloved puzzle patterns and projects. Weather...
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  • Fox Chapel Publishing Holiday Ornaments for the Scroll Saw

    Holiday Ornaments for the Scroll Saw

    Fox Chapel Publishing

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    Holiday Ornaments For The Scroll Saw Celebrate the season with Holiday Scroll Saw Ornaments for every decor! A collection of more than 300 exciting designs.Beginning and advanced scrollers alike will benefit from the author's helpful tips and...
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    Scroll Saw Dog Breeds

    Fox Chapel Publishing

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    Scroll Saw Dog Breeds Scroll Saw Dog Breeds is for the enthusiast who would like to excel your woodworking skills and take a new challenge .  Judy Gale Roberts the author of this book provides you with 45 different dog breed fine line patterns...
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  • Fox Chapel Publishing Wooden Bowls For The Scrollsaw

    Wooden Bowls For The Scrollsaw

    Fox Chapel Publishing

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    Wooden Bowls For The Scrollsaw Wooden Bowls For The Scrollsaw with Carole Rothman shows her distintive work by intergrading concepts from various crafts and applying them in unexpexted ways. Carole will introduce the reader to choosing materials, tools,...
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  • Fox Chapel Publishing Words Of Faith In Wood

    Words Of Faith In Wood

    Fox Chapel Publishing

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    Words of Faith in Wood This book Words of Faith in Wood is a one of a kind. It will not only inspire your creativity in scroll sawing, but it will lift your heart as well. Jeff Paxton the author not only provides you with 53 ready to cut 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.