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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 The Worthington Hall Clock Plan

    The Worthington Hall Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $14.95
    The elegant and intricate styling of this hall scroll saw clock is sure to make it a family heirloom!  This wonderful clock can be made from 2 sheets of 16" x 24" x 1/4" plywood or hardwood of your choice.  Using hardwoods will allow all front...
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  • Olson Saw Scroll Saw Blade Lubricant

    Scroll Saw Blade Lubricant

    Olson Saw

    $7.85
    Saw Blade Lubricant prolongs blade life and produces smoother and quicker cuts. Wax stick is specially formulated to keep metal, plastic, and wood cutting blades from clogging because of chips or pitch. For use on all power and hand held...
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  • Olson Saw Scroll Sanders Plain End 180 grit x 1/4

    Scroll Sanders Plain End 180 grit x 1/4 "

    Olson Saw

    $8.10
    Scroll Sanders 180 grit x 1/4" Plain ends Package of 4 As easy to attach, and remove as a blade.Sands narrow internal cuts. Removes bumps, burn marks, gouges, and feathering. Designed for pin end or pinless scroll saws. Each sander lasts many hours...
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  • Wildwood Designs German Castle Cabinet Scroll Saw Plan

    German Castle Cabinet Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $21.95
    German Castle Cabinet Plan The German Castle Cabinet Plan is an Old world style fretwork shelf with about a dozen separate places to display your treasures, including the center area behind two closed doors and a lower pullout drawer. This is...
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  • Wildwood Designs Perfume Tray Scroll Saw Pattern Wildwood Designs Perfume Tray Scroll Saw Pattern

    Perfume Tray Scroll Saw Pattern

    Wildwood Designs

    $9.95
    Perfume Tray Scroll Saw Pattern Make something special with this great looking perfume tray scroll saw pattern.  Use for your perfumes, as a display, or serving tray.   You will receive the full size scroll saw plan for perfume tray...
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  • Wildwood Designs Altenburg Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Altenburg Clock Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $23.95
    Altenburg Clock Scroll Saw Plan  The Altenburg Clock Plan is an exquisite design. Simply a beautiful piece of fretwork that will be a wonderful addition to a scroll saw collection or make a great gift.   Altenburg Clock Scroll Saw...
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  • Wildwood Designs Mini Grandfather Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Mini Grandfather Scroll Saw Clock Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $19.95
    Mini Grandfather Scroll Saw Clock Plan The Mini Grandfather Clock Plan is destined to become a precious heirloom.  Stands 28 inches tall. Mini Grandfather Scroll Saw Clock Plan Suggested components: 4 Quarter Chime Movement or Mini...
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  • Cherry Tree Toys Rooster Intarsia Plan Cherry Tree Toys Rooster Intarsia Plan

    Rooster Intarsia Plan

    Cherry Tree Toys

    $7.95
    Rooster Intarsia Plan The Rooster Intarsia is sure to add a country feel to your home. This Rooster would look great adding to your homes decor! The Rooster Intarsia Plan is a full size woodworking plan that will simplify making your own rooster...
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  • Wildwood Designs Eagle of Glory Plan

    Eagle of Glory Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $9.95
    Eagle of Glory Scroll Saw Plan The Eagle of Glory Plan is a scroll saw pattern with amazing details of an Eagle and the American Flag rippling behind it. This plan is perfect anyone that enjoy's wood working projects. You'll love that scroll saw...
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  • Wildwood Designs Small Lords Prayer Scroll Saw Plan

    Small Lord's Prayer Scroll Saw Plan

    Wildwood Designs

    $14.95
    Small Lord's Prayer Scroll Saw Plan Get busy and scroll saw a lord's prayer.  The small lord's prayer scroll saw pattern is a full size plan.  Simply copy the pieces to your wood and saw. The finished Small Lord's Prayer Scroll Saw Plan will...
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  • Wildwood Designs Champion Valley Sleigh Plan Downloadable Wildwood Designs Champion Valley Sleigh Plan Downloadable

    Champion Valley Sleigh Plan Downloadable

    Wildwood Designs

    $7.95
    Champion Valley Sleigh Plan The Champion Valley Sleigh Plan is a scroll saw plan that has two different full size scroll saw plans for the sleigh.  One pattern is for a sleigh 7" long and the other is for a sleigh 11" long. Build your Champion...
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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.