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"Stack sawing" is a technique that allows you to make several identical scroll-saw items all at the same time. It is mostly used with projects requiring a thin piece of wood or plywood.

Angels and Horse Ornaments

Here's how:

1, Instructions for making each ornament pattern are identical. Make photocopy of Angels and Horse Ornaments Patterns on page 41. Temporarily adhere one pattern onto X" baltic birch plywood with spray adhesive. (Refer to Simple Fish, Steps 3-5 on page 24.) Tape second or third plywood piece securely to pattern piece with masking tape (see picture below). In pictured example, author is using a V" piece of plywood with two X" pieces. Stack-sawing in this manner gives support to such thin plywood.

Plywood Fretsaw Patterns

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Scottie Dog Cut Out Patterns
Above, finished project size: K" x 5&M x 4W. White acrylic spray paint finish.

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2. Use awl to mark drill guides within areas to be cut out (see picture below).

Scroll Sawing Acrylic

3. Using X*" bit, drill blade-entry /threading holes (see picture below).

Blade Threading Holes Scroll Saw

4. Install #5 reverse-tooth blade in scroll saw. Cut away interior areas first, then cut along outside edge. (Refer to Scotty Dog and Lucky Cat, Steps 5-6 on pages 26-27.)

Dog Scroll Saw

5. Remove pattern and masking tape. Separate wood pieces and touch up any imperfections with sandpaper and needle files. Finish sanding to desired smoothness.

6. Apply white acrylic spray paint finish. (Refer to Project Finishing on page 19.)

Above, horse ornament with Danish oil finish

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Section 3: heyond the basics

Beyond the Basics

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Beyond the Basics

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Expanding your skills

Simple, basic projects are fun and relatively easy to make. Some people enjoy doing simple projects as a break or respite from large and complex projects while others are perfectly happy remaining at this level with their scroll saw. There are many patterns available for this level of craftsman.

However, in this book, we want to show how easy it is to continue expanding your horizons and your scroll-saw skills. We want to show you how to produce all kinds of amazing projects with just a fewT more tools, a couple of handy tips, and some truly interesting patterns.

A handy scroll-saw tool kit

In addition to the Basic Tools and Supplies mentioned on page 13, a few additions to your toolbox should be made in anticipation of more demanding projects (see picture below).

Above, cards, needle-nosed pliers, a red pen, masking tape, and packaging tape are all necessary items in your toolbox.

Your toolbox should include;

• Needle-nosed pliers to straighten or remove bent or broken blades.

• Business card or playing card to tape over the opening on the saw table. Pierce a hole through it with an awrl to make a zero clearance support around the blade, to support tiny, fragile parts.

• Red ink pen for altering patterns and producing ' new" lines to sawr along.

• Masking tape for holding stacks of material together, mending patterns, etc.

• Clear packaging tape for covering patterns to lubricate the blade and prevent it from making burn marks in the wood.

Plus, any other handy item that you may find yourself needing almost every time you are cutting something on your scroll saw.

Drills and bits

In the previous section, you used a hand drill and bits to make a fewr holes. Now you will want to add a drill press to your workshop and expand your selection of drill bits to include a wider variety of sizes and styles (see picture at right). Handheld drills work fine with simple projects, but a drill press helps when wrorking on very detailed work. A drill press is suited for the drilling of straight holes through all types of material. It is

Types Saws For Woodworking

Above, cards, needle-nosed pliers, a red pen, masking tape, and packaging tape are all necessary items in your toolbox.

Scroll Saw Workshop
Above, a drill press is an important addition to your workshop.

especially recommended when using Forstner bits, which remove large amounts of material and can easily grab and twist unsecured material. Forstner bits are often used to bore cavities for mounting clock and photo inserts.

In order to make cut out areas, you must drill blade-entry holes to thread the scroll-saw blade through the wood. A typical small set of drill bits usually includes sizes ranging from X*" to X". Since you will often work with small cut-out areas, you will need smaller diameter bits. Although a bit may have seemed very small to you up to now, you will find that you will need to acquire much smaller sizes, including a bit, as well as mini-drill bits which are usually sold in wire-gauge sizes. Mini-drill sizes most commonly used among scroll-saw craftsmen are #60, #65, and #70 (see picture below).

NOTE: Always use a backer board (a scrap piece of wood) under your workpiece when drilling. It will help reduce tear-out on the bottom side when the drill bit exits the wood.

Cleaning up your work

As you strive to improve the appearance of each new project you arc cutting out, by polishing your sawing techniques, be aware of the importance of taking time to clean up any of your sawing imperfections" with sandpaper, needle files, craft knives and other tools that are available.

A set of needle files is ideally suited for getting inside tiny scroll-sawn "cut-out" openings.

Reciprocating tools, like a motorized file are designed to hold needle files, rasps, sanding paddles, and other accessories. They make the sanding job much easier and faster (see picture below).

Great American Scrollsaw
Above, a reciprocating tool and needle files are great tools for smoothing out scroll-sawn imperfections.

A belt/disc sander is also a terrific addition to your scroll-saw workshop. Use it to remove humps, bumps, and imperfections on straight edges; smooth out curves; adjust the base on a project to make it stand straight; dress up flat surfaces and edges, and much more.

Of course, there are many other tools available for sanding, shaping, and polishing your projects. You can do it all by hand to get you started. Then if this looks like a hobby that you are really going to enjoy, you should have no trouble finding the right tools.

Hand Scroll Saw

Above, mini-drill bits like the ones shown spilling out of the red lube are used by scroll-saw artists.

Above, mini-drill bits like the ones shown spilling out of the red lube are used by scroll-saw artists.

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What you 7ieed m/

to get started:


• Basic tools and supplies page 13

• Photocopier

• Scroll saw with #5 reverse-tooth blade

Power drill with X", and countersink bits


W x 5M" x 9" clear pine board

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  • monika
    How to scroll saw several pieces one time?
    6 years ago

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