Tree Of Life Scroll Saw

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Project by MrsN posted 03-24-2011 05:38 AM 11781 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a snow/ice day off of work today, so I got some extra shop time.
This project comes from a book called “simply wood”. The projects in the book are a little different then most scroll saw books, they are like projects that involve a scroll saw instead of scroll saw only. If you have a scroll saw gathering dust and are looking for something to do with it, take a look at the book, it might inspire a project or two.

I also filmed the process of cutting the tree, someone on another forum requested a video of someone cutting a project. It is just about the most boring video ever, but someone may find something interesting in it.

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 06:08 AM

Nice work,

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#2 posted 03-24-2011 12:36 PM

that’s the #1 project from that book that I want to make.
I appreciate the video. Although I’ve done some scroll saw work, I’m not very fast.
What blade are you using?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 03-24-2011 02:27 PM

Nice Video and project. I recognize the Hegner. Just curious i notice when you re-insert the blade you re-tension the blade. Do you have to? I didn’t notice you loosening it. Just curious.


-- Chris Ward

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#4 posted 03-24-2011 03:25 PM

Beautiful piece..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 03-24-2011 07:36 PM

Debbie – I used an Olson number 5 skip tooth blade. It is my favorite blade, I use it on most of my projects if I can.

Chris – On my Hegner, I usually don’t relese tension before removing the blade. When using my Hitachi, I do loosen the tension before taking the blade off. I don’t know why I do different things on the different saws. The re-inserting the blade changes the tension so I do re-tension each time. Sometimes it is fine, others it needs tweeking.

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#6 posted 03-24-2011 09:47 PM

Very nice piece. You look like a pro on that saw!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 03-24-2011 11:29 PM

Great project and thank you for sharing the video with those of use who have yet to scroll anything.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 03-25-2011 12:51 AM

Nice project! Someone just gave me an old craftsman scroll saw and I have been thinking about what to do with it. This project just inspired me to plug it in.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 03-25-2011 02:16 AM

Love the piece and I already have the book, I can hardly wait til I can get an extra day in the shop…...Here’s hopin’ mine turns out as nice as yours did!!!!

-- Cheers, Joel Elder

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#10 posted 03-26-2011 06:08 PM

That turned out fantastic. I love that pattern and you did an awesome job with it. I enjoyed your video as well, but wish you had zoomed in more. I like seeing how people cut on the line and make their quick turns. Just a thought if you do another video. Not trying to be rude or ungrateful. ;o)

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#11 posted 03-26-2011 06:12 PM

Vicki- I got that comment from a couple of other people as well, so you are not being rude :) I am thinking of doing another video so I can get the angle a little better. I think I am going to use it as an excuse to get in the shop some more.
Thanks for all of the compliments!

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#12 posted 03-26-2011 06:15 PM

oh yes, I would love to see the close-up turning process and cleaning up the corners etc.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 03-27-2011 06:23 AM

very nice job

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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