Scroll saw special - my first project

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Project by W. Paul posted 12-04-2008 05:09 AM 1790 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first project. And in many ways, it represents some great learning experiences. It’s made of red oak with a walnut inlay. The finish is a custom stain by mixing dark walnut with golden oak (both oil stains) and a wipe on poly.

I built this when the only power tools I had were my grandfather’s old scroll saw and a circular saw (with a cheap blade). I bought dimensioned lumber at the home center and cut all the boards to length and width with my circular saw. For the sides boards, I jointed the edges with a bench plane (I learned that’s easier said than done). To do the inlay, I used my grandfather’s rip saw to re-saw a 3/4 walnut board so that I had two 1/4 inch boards, which I then smoothed with a bench plane and hand sanding. Using spray adhesive, I attached my vine pattern to the thin walnut, which I then taped to the oak side boards. I tilted the table on the scroll saw very slightly, and cut the vine pattern. I repeated this with a mirror image on each side. I borrowed a router from my neighbor to do the profiles. After hand sanding level, I finished as described above.

Since then, my tool repertoire has increased to the full complement. I’ve done great stuff since this one, but I’ve never been prouder!

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#1 posted 12-04-2008 05:18 AM

Awosome job. I admire the ones who can do inlay well.

Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 12-04-2008 05:18 AM

nice step stool, thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 12-04-2008 05:30 AM


Nice job, I do Scroll Saw work myself. come check me out sometime.

I’ve not attempted Inlays just yet, going to tackle that soon. i just got done Casting a Live Broadcast, now a Pre-Record on my Ustream account of me doing a Custom Piece for a Friend.

I also posted a Pre-record of me and my Son working on his Woodworking project this evening, I hope you come check my site out.

You did a wonderful job with that inlay, makes me want to get on it.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#4 posted 12-04-2008 05:32 AM

Beautiful work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 12-04-2008 05:50 AM

That is sooooo nice, I wish I had that kind of skill.

-- I will not preach, nor will I be silent.

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