February 18, 2023

Projects for scroll saw

What projects can I do with a scroll saw? The scroll saw is versatile enough for creating detailed and intricate projects. You do not need to be more experienced since you can learn as you go. Avoid intricate designs if you are not creative. You can still make simple but beautiful art pieces. Follow the tips and choose a material that suits your needs. This article will explain further how to put your scroll saw to better use in your home. 

Types of projects suitable for the scroll saw

Wooden puzzles

Wooden puzzles are from a variety of woods. Animal puzzles are popular with kids. They get to see their favourite animals in puzzle form, which is a great way to teach them about different animals. Making animal puzzles with a scroll saw is quick and easy. You can make them any size you want.

Name puzzles are also an option for scroll saw puzzles. It also helps kids who are learning their letters and names. They help kids spell out their names or the names of family members or friends. It is also a way to teach kids about the alphabet. Scroll-saw puzzles keep kids entertained and engaged. The scroll saw puzzles make great word art gifts.

Wooden Toys

Both children and adults use wooden toys. Scroll sawing is another way to make money by making wooden toys. There are plenty of scrolls that saw ideas. It is up to you to make simple toys or complicated cars with a lot of detail. It is easy to start, and you can make them with basic scroll sawing skills.

You can make a lot of money selling these toys since they are both fun and practical. They attract both kids and adults. You may have to consider scroll sawing to make some extra money.

Decorative plagues

Making decorative plagues can be exciting and addictive at a sane time. Decorative plagues have a range of different phrases and colors. These plagues also showcase your level of creativity.  

The scroll saw is ideal for such DIY projects. Decorative plagues use a range of phrases and colors depending on the style you want and the color paint of your room. 

Choosing the right materials and tools

Thickness of material

Consider the thickness of the material you will be cutting. A scroll saw is an excellent tool for carving or cutting thin materials. Most blades can cut through materials up to 2 inches deep but use caution. Thicker woods are more resistant under your saw blade, and this can lead to problems cutting when fast.

A thinner material has little resistance, making it more difficult to follow the lines of a pattern. A thicker material will provide more resistance. Chances are high that you will smoke or burn but hold a wood pattern better.

Blade size and thickness

The lower the number, the finer and thinner the blade will be. A higher number will be thicker and stronger. It cuts through denser materials. The lowest number of the saw blade for your scroll saw is a #3/0.

Scroll saw blade sizes range from #12 to #2/0 or #3/0. The higher the number, the thicker and wider the blade and the fewer teeth per inch on the saw blade.

Wood type

Both hardwood and softwood have their merits and flaws. However, softer woods are for practice as you get to know your scroll saw. Softer woods bend more under the blade, so keep a pattern. 

It also tends to be flaky for detailed patterns. Hardwoods are stronger and more resilient, which can lead to smoking or chipping when using the wrong speed. Oak is the hardest but performs better.


Some models have a guard around the lower blade clamp to protect your fingers from getting between the arm and the bottom of the table. The hold-down clamp is another safety feature on your scroll saw. Although it seems to be in the way, the clamp is necessary. Therefore, it should be for safety since it holds the wood to the table and blocks most of the path to the blade.

Tips for successful scroll saw projects.

  • Start with a simple design.
  • Use a slow speed and steady pressure.
  • Use a steady hand to follow the lines of the pattern.
  • Inspect the blade.
  • Check your blade tension.
  • Always use dry wood. 
  • Sand your project beforehand.
  • Put a scrap piece of wood under your workpiece to prevent splitting.
  • Be patient when you are cutting through large and dense pieces of wood.
  • Install good lighting.

Advanced techniques for scroll saw projects.

Use multiple blades

Using multiple blades on your scroll saw allows you to make different cuts at once. When you need to switch between ripping and crosscutting, combining blades will get the job done. The blades deliver long-lasting clean cuts in a wide range of materials. Make sure the saw blades have high-quality, precision-ground carbide teeth for powerful cuts in various materials.

Stack cutting

Stack cutting is a process that involves cutting multiple pieces at the same time. Sometimes you might be working on a project which requires multiples of the same wood piece or a project. Stack cutting can bring efficiency and make scroll sawing more profitable by cutting multiple patterns at once. 

You can cut as many as four pieces once, minimizing production time. The stack pieces also support cutting detailed patterns with delicate and fragile areas. To perform stack cutting, first stack the pieces of wood you plan on using with the better sides all facing the same direction. 

Examples of scroll saw projects.

Wooden state plagues

Make wooden state plaques with a scroll saw, from complicated to simple ones. For detailed plagues, you should be more skilled in curves and corners. These could be hard for you but worth a try.

Oregon State Shaped Puzzle 

For all Oregonians, this puzzling pattern of Oregon complements almost every decor of your home. Hang it next to your state flag at home or close to your children’s toys. Use it as decoration for state fairs. Paint it yellow and blue for an extra hint of hue.



In conclusion, there are multiple projects for the scroll saw, regardless of your experience. Scroll saw projects include puzzles, toys, mirrors, and plagues. Before you decide on the project, consider the thickness of the material you are working on, the blade type, and the size. Follow the mentioned tips for efficiency and maximum production. 

David D. Hughes

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