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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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  • 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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  • Cherry Tree Toys Extra Large Eagle Intarsia Plan

    Extra Large Eagle Intarsia Plan

    Cherry Tree Toys

    $14.95
    Extra Large Eagle Plan Here's another in a great line up of Eagle intarsia plans. This Extra Large Eagle will make a great project and an even better decoration for your home. The Extra Large Eagle is designed for the intermediate skill level...
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  • A built scroll saw clock using our Grandfather Scroll Saw Clock Plan.

    Grandfather Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $19.95
    Grandfather Scroll Saw Clock Plan The Grandfather Clock Plan is a great project to keep you busy.  It stands 6 feet tall and is built in sections, the interior casing is covered from top to bottom with fretwork.  Grandfather Clock...
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  • A completed Japanese Jewelry Box made from the scroll saw pattern.

    Japanese Jewelry Box Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $7.95
    Size 14 inches W x 5 - 3/4 inches H x 9 1/2 inches D. Suggested components: 9001 hinge  Out of Plywood: -1 PACK OF 1/4in PLYWOOD  OUT OF HARDWOOD: (RECOMMEND 3/8in THICK MATERIAL) -4   6in  WIDE BOARDS (NEED TO GLUE UP TWO 6in...
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  • Wildwood Designs Keepsake Chest Scroll Saw Plan in a finished state.

    Keepsake Chest Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $11.95
    Keepsake Chest Plan The Keepsake Chest Plan features a unique design with an upper storage area and hinged lids. The keepsake chest is an aesthetically pleasing storage box that can be used to store those special items or used as a household...
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  • Cherry Tree Toys Rose with Hummingbird Intarsia Plan

    Rose with Hummingbird Intarsia Plan

    Cherry Tree Toys

    $14.95
    Rose With Hummingbird Plan This beautiful intarsia piece will add a wonderful feel to your home! The Rose with Hummingbird just seems so tranquil and peaceful that it will reflect throughout your home! This is a must do project for all intarsia...
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  • Fox Chapel Publishing Christmas Ornaments for Woodworking

    Christmas Ornaments for Woodworking

    Fox Chapel Publishing

    $16.99
    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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  • Wildwood Designs Corpus Christi Scroll Saw Plan

    Corpus Christi Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $6.95
    Corpus Christi Scroll Saw Plan Figure of Jesus designed to fit on the crosses pictured. One size for each cross. Out of Hardwood:  1 board 6 inches wide, any thickness. . This is a Full size Scroll Saw plan that comes on paper.  All plans...
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  • Showing the finished Defender Arsenal Scroll Saw Clock completely built using our Defender Arsenal Scroll Saw Clock Plan.

    Defender Arsenal Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $24.95
    Defender Arsenal Scroll Saw Clock Pattern This is a real challenge for the scroll sawer. Well worth the time and effort involved to complete it. This will be a keepsake for generations to come. Defender Arsenal Scroll Saw Clock Plan Suggested...
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  • Finished scroll saw cut out of  the Lords Prayer Scroll Saw Pattern with red glass behind it.

    Lord's Prayer Scroll Saw Pattern

    Wildwood Designs

    $17.95
    This scroll saw pattern of the Lord's Prayer is a dynamic and innovative woodworking plan. If your scroll saw is your favorite tool why not scroll this inspirational message to share with all your acquaintances. You will have them all talking about...
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  • A completed scroll saw clock using our St Augustine Scroll Saw Clock Plan.

    St. Augustine Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $13.95
    St. Augustine Scroll Saw Clock Plan The St. Augustine Clock Plan is an exquisite little clock rendition of a church with arched windows and cattail-style overlays.  You'll love the detailed features that will spur your creativity. This scroll...
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  • A scroll saw design with a clock insert made from the Autumn Breeze Scroll Saw Clock Pattern.

    Autumn Breeze Scroll Saw Clock Pattern

    Wildwood Designs

    $15.95
    Autumn Breeze Scroll Saw Clock Pattern The Autumn Breeze Scroll Saw Clock Pattern is a beautiful clock design!  Master the art of fretwork with detailed crisp lines that are sure to please the scroller in you. Clocks are a personal favorite...
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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.