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post #1 of 9 Old 01-29-2018, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Need some tips and guidance - Scroll sawing

I notice there is no thread/forum on scroll sawing - any chance we can get one focused on that skill?

I know there are some excellent scrollers here (don't want to name names because I'm sure I'd leave someone out) and really need some guidance before I lose interest....

Anyway, I'm having difficulty getting proficient in scroll sawing. So, a few questions

How long would you all 'guestimate" it would take a newbie to become "proficient" (not expert) enough to be able to display their creations proudly - I'm not talking about selling. As it is right now, I don't even want to take pictures of the crap I'm doing



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I've done 6 basic cut outs so far (from a book I have) - 4 simple bells and 2 simple trees (no inside cuts) - and not a one of them would I consider hanging on my wall or take a picture LOL!


I've been using 1/8" hardboard for the most part to practice with on medium to high speed (not all the way up) with an Olsen #5 skip tooth blade.


While they have gotten better, I still feel like I am extremely far from getting curves and specially angles cut well enough to display.


Thoughts?


Thanks as always in advance
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I am not one of the excellent scrollers you alluded to, but I hope to be one day.

It seems to me that you might be running your speed a little high. I rarely get past the halfway point on mine.

I see two issues with your question. The first is that maybe your work isn't as bad as you think. We often see the mistakes in our work much more clearly than anyone else. Your friends and family might love to have the things you are making.

On the other hand, the scroll saw is a much different animal than most other woodworking tools. It took me several years to get comfortable with the scroll saw and learn to be patient. My cuts have gotten much better, mostly because I have greatly slowed down. Instead of trying to get a lot done, I pull up a stool and take my time. The results are better and I enjoy it a lot more.

Hope this helps.

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I am not one of the excellent scrollers you alluded to, but I hope to be one day.

It seems to me that you might be running your speed a little high. I rarely get past the halfway point on mine.

I see two issues with your question. The first is that maybe your work isn't as bad as you think. We often see the mistakes in our work much more clearly than anyone else. Your friends and family might love to have the things you are making.

On the other hand, the scroll saw is a much different animal than most other woodworking tools. It took me several years to get comfortable with the scroll saw and learn to be patient. My cuts have gotten much better, mostly because I have greatly slowed down. Instead of trying to get a lot done, I pull up a stool and take my time. The results are better and I enjoy it a lot more.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks @Hunter,

I've been running the speed about 1/2 way - yesterday I turned it up about 3/4 and did a little better.

Believe me, when a Bell looks like green pepper, I know I'm sucking at it LOL

Trying to slow down is difficult for me but, yeah I can see the benefit of going slow.
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I'm no expert, but I would suggest slowing down. That helped me get around tight corners more than anything else I've tried.
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Like most others, slowing down will produce superior results. I'm not an expert with the scroll saw, but I can produce some decent results that I've given as gifts and that people really seemed to like. Mostly, it's developing confidence and taking the time to produce good results.
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Definitely not an expert here. Matter of fact I just received a new scroll saw to see what things I can produce. When I was in high school I made a small cheese cutting board and a name plate. The handle for the cutting board was disastrous because I did not take my time and use relief cuts when possible. The nameplate did not come out half bad for a snot nosed teenager. That project, I took my time and did not cut so close to the line so I could sand and not ruin anything.


A scroll saw thread would be great to see. I am also a newbie to woodworking.
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Definitely not an expert here. Matter of fact I just received a new scroll saw to see what things I can produce. When I was in high school I made a small cheese cutting board and a name plate. The handle for the cutting board was disastrous because I did not take my time and use relief cuts when possible. The nameplate did not come out half bad for a snot nosed teenager. That project, I took my time and did not cut so close to the line so I could sand and not ruin anything.


A scroll saw thread would be great to see. I am also a newbie to woodworking.
I agree with the scroll saw thread - PM sent
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I'd advise you to read everything you can in the subject, and although he's deceased ,get any books by Patrick Spielman especially Scroll saw basics, and practice, practice, practice, when you can split a straight pencil line , your pretty good.



https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/patric...xoCr04QAvD_BwE
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I'd advise you to read everything you can in the subject, and although he's deceased ,get any books by Patrick Spielman especially Scroll saw basics, and practice, practice, practice, when you can split a straight pencil line , your pretty good.



https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/patric...xoCr04QAvD_BwE

Yah, I have been - I have 4 of his books and patterns
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