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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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  • Wildwood Designs Gothic Wall Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Gothic Wall Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $11.95
    Gothic Wall Scroll Saw Clock Plan Let the sawdust fly with the  Gothic Wall Clock Plan. You'll be amazed what you can create with this  wonderful Scroll Saw pattern.  The doors on the front panel can be made to open and close with small...
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  • Wildwood Designs Keepsake Box Scroll Saw plan

    Keepsake Box Scroll Saw plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $8.95
    Keepsake Box Scroll Saw Plan The Keepsake Box Scroll Saw Plan is a wonderful scroll saw plan to build and store your treasures.  Make the Keepsake Box for yourself or someone special.  The Keepsake Box has a wonderful style that will make...
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  • Wildwood Designs Russian Forest Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Russian Forest Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $14.95
    Russian Forest Scroll Saw Clock Plan The Russian Forest Clock Plan will take your scrollsawing skills to new heights. Wood burning is recommened to finish some of  the project details, such as the forest scenes with the fox, squirrels, and trees,...
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  • Wildwood Designs Brentwood Scroll Saw Wall Clock Plan

    Brentwood Scroll Saw Wall Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $20.95
    Brentwood Scroll Saw Wall Clock Plan The Brentwood Wall Clock Plan is an amazing scroll saw plan with  a buck standing in grassy field , Heron, & cattail fretwork throughout. You'll enjoy creating this outstanding clock with a beautiful...
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  • Wildwood Designs Deer Herd Scroll Saw Pattern

    Deer Herd Scroll Saw Pattern

    Wildwood Designs

    $7.95
    Deer Herd Scroll Saw Plan Add these deer to your collection! Build yourself this beautiful wooden scroll saw deer herd by using a fully detailed plan.  This woodworking pattern provides you with blueprints to scroll saw your own Deer Herd. You'll...
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  • Wildwood Designs Grand Tower Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Grand Tower Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $26.95
    Grand Tower Scroll Saw Clock Plan The Grand Tower Clock Plan has each level uniquely designed.  A masterpiece of art.  The grand balcony on top contrasts the grand entrance on the first floor.  A new full-sized project to add to your...
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  • Wildwood Designs Serenity Prayer Scroll Saw Plan

    Serenity Prayer Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $12.95
    Serenity Prayer Scroll Saw Plan  Scroll saw the Serenity Prayer with this full size scroll saw plan.   The completed project is 11 1/2" x 18".   Serenity Prayer Scroll Saw Plan wood suggestions: Use 1/4" to 3/4" thick material for...
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  • The finished and built toy Wheel will look similar to these two wheels using our Wheel Construction Plan.

    Wheel Construction Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $7.95
    The Wheel Construction Plan can be used for horse drawn toys or toy vehicles.This instruction chart describes a well-proven method, which requires no special skill or facilities. Once the jigs have been made up it only takes two - three hours to make a...
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  • Wildwood Designs 1800s Style Secretary Cabinet Scroll Saw Plan

    1800's Style Secretary Cabinet Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $29.95
    1800's Style Secretary Cabinet Plan If you are looking for a vintage secretary cabinet to add that special touch to your home, then you need to make this desk cabinet. The 1800's Style Secretary Cabinet Plan is a full size scroll saw plan that will...
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  • Wildwood Designs The Snowflake Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    The Snowflake Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $15.95
    The Snowflake Scroll Saw Clock Plan The Snowflake Clock Plan is a unique clock with the many snowflake details throughout. This Clock Plan is a beautiful project that you'll find pleasure in creating and definatley rewarding when finshed. Scroll...
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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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  • Wildwood Designs Grandfather Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Grandfather Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $19.95
    Grandfather Scroll Saw Clock Plan   The Grandfather Clock Planis a great project to keep you busy.  Stands 6 feet tall.  Built in sections, the interior casing is covered from top to bottom with fretwork.  Grandfather Clock...
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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.