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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 finalized scroll saw clock using our Mill Clock Scroll Saw Plan.

    Mill Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $14.95
    The Mill Clock will surely get the attention of 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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  • 1/8" or 3mm Italian poplar plywood standing up Cherry Tree Toys 3MM Poplar Plywood

    3MM Poplar Plywood

    Cherry Tree Toys

    $6.95
    3mm  or 1/8" Italian Poplar Plywood 3ply Clean cutting with good center core 16 inches x 24 inches, slightly under 1/8 inch. Thin and lightweight poplar plywood is great for scroll work, jigsaw puzzles, wood burning and other delicate...
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  • Built scroll saw clock with an intricate design using the Black Forest Clock Scroll Saw 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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  • This is a completed scroll saw clock using our 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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  • This is a finished scroll saw clock with a wooden cuckoo dial using the 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, will fit into any home. The Cottage Clock can easily be made by the beginning scroll sawyer. The Cottage Clock Plan is a...
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  • This is the completely built scroll saw clock made from the  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 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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  • A built scroll saw stand using our 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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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.