A Six-Tube Scroll Saw Blade Holder

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Blog entry by David posted 01-31-2009 10:25 AM 23782 reads 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Six-Tube Scroll Saw Blade Holder

This was a quick and fun shop project. The material came from a small 2/4 board of gum cherry that was left over from another project. It took care to wrap the grain with respect to the sides and back. I almost missed this and had a “T-Chisel” event which caused me to re-do part of the project. Well, actually I had no choice, as I know the recipient has a critical eye!

This is a six-tube scroll saw blade holder designed for a woodworker that will be doing a fair amount of scroll saw work for marquetry. It was specifically designed to accommodate a small assortment of saw blades, drill bits and an Archimedes drill necessary for efficient marquetry work at the scroll saw. I initially considered applying an antique patina to the copper drill holder. Given the sailing bent of this woodworker, I elected to leave a brightly polished tube reminiscent of the bright copper and brass work found on sailboats. All in all, a nautical theme and an excuse to incorporate metal in a woodworking project.

The small pieces were cut square with my new crosscut sled. I used SketchUp to make and adhesive drill guide template to accurately drill the ¾” holes for the scroll saw blade storage tubes. The copper drill tube was fashioned from standard off the shelf plumbing parts polished with a series of charged buffing wheels on the drill press. A small test tube sits in a ½” hole for drill bit storage. The finish was my standard cherry finish, two ½# cut coats of clear shellac to prevent blotching followed by 6 coats of thinned WaterLox finished with two coats of hand rubbed clear wax. The final touches are my brass makers-mark and 4 thin silicone rubber feet.

This project is now in the mail on its way to an exciting shop! I’ve included a set of links for materials, supplies and inspiration for this project. A set of plans is also available to help generate ideas for your own scroll saw blade holder. Organization and readily available tools always makes for more efficient shop production and, hopefully, more inspired work!

Useful Scroll Saw Blade Holder Resources

Six-Tube Scroll Saw Blade Holder Plan Set

Crosscut Sled

Brass Makers-Marks

Shellac Part I

Shellac Part II

Archimedes Drill – Garrett Wade

Sloan's Woodshop - The Scroll Saw Store



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#1 posted 01-31-2009 03:20 PM

Great looking project and well put together blog. Thanks for the post,.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 04:48 PM

This is a terrific project. You’ve done a great job, putting together the project and the blog (I appreciate the detail in both!).

I need something like this baaaad. My blades are a mess…. Thanks


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 01-31-2009 05:13 PM

Thanks David. I use a wire rack with lots of tube holes. Not as nice as yours.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-01-2009 03:52 AM

If anyone needs any tubes, I have quite a few ( guessing maybe 50 ) with rubber caps on them. I’ll never use them all. Not sure what a fair price for them is, I forgot what I paid for them. They are a little long but are easy to cut down to what ever length you want.

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