Scroll Saw practice and Jig concept

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Project by Squirrel posted 09-05-2012 03:01 AM 3435 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t done any woodworking since I graduated from high school in 05’ and the woodworking bug has been getting worse each year.

Several months ago my sister-in-law announced she was pregnant so the motivation to start a project was finally there… Time to make a a rocking cradle that can be set on its side when the baby outgrows it so my in-law will have a coffee table.

The cradle/table is being made from a magnolia tree that we cut down at my Grandfather’s house a few years ago and once milled it has been drying since. The purpleheart and black walnut are also being used.

Pic 1: Practice scroll saw cutout of a dragon in some magnolia (will be made into a 1st Christmas ornament for the baby). Smiley face with padauk inlayed into some purpleheart.

Pic 2: Now that I am confadent on the scroll saw I cut the actual inlay I plan to put into the cradle. I will inlay purplheart into the walnut later, and then the whole piece will be inlayed into end board of the cradle using the same egg shape of the dragon in pic 1.

Pic 3: The fence on my cheapy scroll saw was to big and blocked me from cutting the small eyes out for the smiley, so I came up with this jig so I could get my fingers close to the blade without the tiny work bouncing up and down. Also as a novice with a scroll saw I was having trouble following the cutout lines so having the fence rest on the back of the blade stopped the blade from bending similar to the wheels in a band saw fence that keep it from drifting. (future design will have wing nuts for easy height adjustment.

Pic 4: Using my friend’s Dad’s workshop to make the table so I just posted the progress so far. There will be a larger dragon inlay on the top which I haven’t made yet, and the dragon shown in pic 2 will be roughly centered to the right of the curved purpleheart cross brace. The ovals are about 46” X 23” and it is about 19” tall.

Pic 5: The shelf when it will be used as a coffee table.

Thanks for looking, and thank you LJ community… I found this site before I started on the cradle and I got some inspiration from everyone (specifically the purpleheart and walnut combination since original choices were just the magnolia adn purpleheart.)

Edit: added a Pic 6 to show the inlay I just finished and put into the headboard of the cradle. I used Whiteside’s Brass inlay kit to inlay the egg… It works perfectly, I would recommend it to anyone.

-- Brian

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#1 posted 09-05-2012 09:09 AM

Wow, that’s an idea I’m definately keeping in the bucket list! Transforming a baby cradle into a coffee table is pure genius. Thanks for sharing, and welcome to LumberJocks :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 09:45 PM

They all looked great! This isn’t a practice …

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#3 posted 09-05-2012 10:43 PM

When using the scroll saw I had trouble staying on the lines and making tight curves… At the moment twisty curvy stuff like most of scrollgirl’s stuff is beyond me even when cutting extremely slow and carefully.

Eventually I want to try some double bevel inlay, but I think my blades are to big for that right now.

I bought an inlay kit for my router with a removable bushing, so that is how I plan to put inlays into the table. My in-law is having her baby shower on the 16th so I am going to try to have the table ready to show even if it isn’t ready to use. I’ll post some more then.

Thanks for looking :)

-- Brian

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