How do I make a decorative shelf with an attractive support bracket

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A simple shelf bracket is easy to make and attach to your shelf. It makes the shelf stronger and more attractive.

Fleur-de-lis Wall Shelf

1. Photocopy Fleur-de-lis Wall Shelf Patterns on page 49. Using scissors, trim patterns and position pattern for shelf onto wood to take advantage of a straight edge (see picture below). Temporarily adhere patterns onto wood with spray adhesive. (Refer to Simple Fish, Steps 4-5 on page 24.)

2. Install #5 reverse-tooth blade in scroll saw. Since there are no cut-out openings, cut on all outer lines to create back piece, shelf, and the bracket. (Refer to Scroll-sawing Techniques, Step 5 on pages 17-18.) Before removing patterns, use awl to mark locations for the hanging hole, and mounting holes. (Refer to Maple Leaf Shelf, Step 3 on page 35.)

Maple Leaf Patterns For Scroll Saw
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How Make Shelf Supports

.Atwvf. finished projcct size: 'A" x x 6'X". Natural Danish oil finish

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3. Use awl marks as guides to drill two X" holes for mounting screws and one %"*diameter hanging hole. On back sidef use a countersink bit to set screw heads flush with surface. (Refer to Maple Leaf Shelf, Step 4 on page 35.)

4. Use carpenter's square to check that back edge and top of bracket are perfectly square (see picture below). Adjust top edge as needed by drawing a new cutting line and recutting if necessary. Also, make certain top edge is straight and flat. NOTE: A belt/disc sander works great for making these kinds of adjustments.

5. Remove patterns from wood. Touch up any imperfections with sandpaper. Finish sanding all parts to desired smoothness. (Refer to Project Finishing on page 18.)

6. Mark and drill X*M pilot holes in the edge of shelf to line up writh holes in the back piece. (Refer to Maple Leaf Shelf, Step 7 on page 35.)

7. Test-fit shelf by temporarily installing the mounting screws. Set bracket in position under shelf. Make adjustments as needed by reaming out pilot holes in the shelf (or redrilling them straighter). Remove screws, apply a small amount of wood glue to edge of shelf, and securely fasten back together again with mounting screws. Apply a small amount of wood glue to back and top of the bracket, then carefully place in position. Apply a little pressure and hold in place for a few seconds.

8. After glue dries, apply finish. Natural Danish oil finish is applied writh a rag or foam brush, then allowed to dry for a few minutes. Wipe excess oil off with a clean rag. (Refer to Project Finishing on page 19.)

NOTE: You may enlarge the patterns as needed to make larger shelves, A proportion scale (see picture below) is available from many craft and hobby stores. It makes calculation of enlargement and reduction of patterns easy.

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Fleur-de-lis Wa\\ Shelf Patterns

Shelf Patterns

Bracket J

Scroll Saw Moose Pattern

Bracket J



Scroll Saw Shelf Brackets Patterns

Flcur-dc-lis Wall Shelf 49

Scroll Saw Wall Shelf


What you need to get started:


• Basic tools and supplies page 13

• Photocopier

• Scroll saw with #5 reverse-tooth blade

• Drill with and countersink bits, and optional 1X" Forstner bit


How do I turn my scroll-saw project into a clock?

To put a clock in a scroll-saw project, you can simply cut a hole—or use a Forstner bit to make a cavity for the clock insert to fit in.

Mighty Moose

Here's how:

1. Photocopy Mighty Moose Patterns on page 54. Temporarily adhere patterns onto wood with spray adhesive. (Refer to Simple Fish, Steps 3-5 on page 24.) Place bottom of pattern for moose along straight finished edge (see picture below).

Decorative Shelf Brackets And Supports

2. Use awl to mark locations for blade-entry holes in areas to be cut out (between legs and eye}. Mark center points for holes in base for mounting screws.

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Scroll Saw Shelf
Above, finished project size: Ji" x 6%" x 5XB\ Natural Danish oil finish.

Mighty Moose 51

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3. Moose can be made with or without clock insert. Create mounting hole by carcfully cutting out a circle with #5 reverse-tooth blade (see picture 3a below). Do not cut outside of the pattern line, or insert may fit too loosely. Stay slightly inside cutting line. Test-fit insert and adjust mounting hole as needed. If insert fits too tightly, opening can be enlarged by sanding.

Bore Saw Bits

Another option (for those who have gained experience using various woodworking tools, is to use a VA" Forstner bit to bore a cavity (see picture 3b below).

Forstner bits should be used in a drill press. Large-diameter bits can easily grab and turn the workpiece from your hands, so make certain wood is securely clamped to drill-press table. Use awl to mark center point for mounting hole, which will serve as guide for bit. Bore mounting cavity before any scroll-saw cutting (sec picture 3c below).

Scrollsaw Oval Wall Art

4. To cut out pieces, use scroll saw with #5 reverse-tooth blade. Cut out openings within the piece at eye and between legs. (Refer to Scotty Dog and Lucky Cat, Steps 4-6 on pages 26-27.) Cut around outer profile of moose, then cut around the base.

5. Drill two holes through base for mounting screws. Countersink so screw heads are flush with bottom surface of base (see picture below).

Scroll Saw Moose

6. Lay bottom edge of moose along the holes in base, centered left to right. Use pencil to mark centers of pilot holes to be drilled into bottom edge of moose (see picture below).

Scroll Saw MooseRuler With Center Holes

7. Use a ruler to measure center of wood and mark center points. Use awl to make indentation on each center point. Drill X*" holes to accept tips of mounting screws.

Scrollsaw Decorative Small Shelf

8. Remove patterns from wood. Touch up any imperfections with sandpaper. Finish sanding all parts to desired smoothness. (Refer to Project Finishing on page 18.)

9. Test-fit moose to base and temporarily install mounting screwrs. Make adjustments as needed. When satisfied with fit, remove screws, apply a small amount of wood glue to bottom of moose and reassemble with mounting screws. Wipe away excess glue.

10. When glue has dried, apply finish. Natural Danish oil finish is applied with a rag or foam brush, then allowed to dry for a few minutes. Wipe excess oil off with a clean rag. NOTE: Other possible finishes may include stain, paint, or even varnish. (Refer to Project Finishing on page 19.)

Distressed Paint Finish Furniture
Above, Mighty Moose without the clock insert and sporting a distressed paint finish.

Mighty Moose Patterns

Mighty Moose Patterns

Moose PatternsScroll Saw

How can I make scroll-saivn shapes more interesting?

There are many scroll-saw designs that utilize interior cutouts to add interest to the piece.

Mini Duck

Here's how:

1. Photocopy Mini Duck Patterns on page 58. Take advantage of straight edges on wood to place patterns for duck and cattails. Temporarily adhere patterns onto wood with spray adhesive. (Refer to Simple Fish, Steps 3-5 on page 24.)

2. Use awl to mark drill guides within areas to be cut out, and for mounting screws in base. If boring clock cavity with Forstner bit, mark center spot for bit.

3. If you choose to bore a mounting cavity, do so prior to scroll sawing. Clamp wood onto drill press table and use 1XM Forstner bit to bore cavity. Otherwise, install #5 reverse-tooth blade in scroll saw and carefully cut hole. Stay slightly inside of line (see picture below).

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