Scrollsawing  Tips & Samples
I have always enjoyed working with wood.  While my wife and I were waiting for our first son to be born I made a beautiful crib, and my wife dressed it all up.  When we returned to America and got our first house I finished off the basement for a shop area.  I bought a small table saw with no motor, which I fixed up with an old motor I found and an old fan belt from the garage.  When people see my shop today, they can't believe how I started out.  It seems to me that today everyone wants to start out at the top.
Anyway, I started out making windmills, first small, and then with a wing span of 12 feet.  When I found out I had cancer I sold my lawn spraying business. By then I had some additional woodworking machines and started to make more windmills, which was not always easy while taking chemo.  My mother-in-law, who lives close to Minneapolis, started to sell them for me.  At that time I had a scrollsaw from Sears, but never could do too much with it.  It had 3" blades and no way of adjusting the tension.
I now live in Brandon, South Dakota, where I have a 12' x 24' shop area attached to my garage.  In it I have a Delta 12" planer, Hegner 18" Scrollsaw, table saw, radial arm saw, 14" band saw with height attachment.  I also have a  6" x 48" belt/disc sander (one of the most used machines next to the scrollsaw), a Penn State 2 1/2HP Dust Collector with remote transmitter, air cleaning system, self-built router table with 1 1/2 HP router, brad nailer (which is one of the best investments for stack cutting), plus many other hand tools.  When building my house I should have made my shop twice as big.
The main reason for the height attachment on the bandsaw is that I buy thicker lumber, 13/16", mostly oak and some walnut and then resaw it with the bandsaw.  I then plane it down to the thickness I want, mainly 1/4" and some 3/8".  By the way all my shavings go to an auto repair shop for use as a floor cleaner for oil spills, etc.  There is only one other machine that I really would like to have . . . a drum sander!
Like many others, my first projects on the scroll saw were country designs.  But I quickly decided that painting the projects just wasn't for me.  I couldn't wait until one color of paint was dry before starting on the next one.  So . . .  in search of other ideas . . .  I was in a book store one day when I came across the book "Scroll Saw Fretwork Techniques & Projects" by Patrick Spielman and James Reidle.  It is still the "bible" in the scrollsaw business.  In my opinion, everything you need to know is in this book.  Here are some tips I'd like to share with you beginners:
Sample of Pedro's scrolling craftsmanship using the FD-SR#5.  See his website for other samples
and to buy his patterns -

Victorian Bridge

This is the bridge made with Pedro's pattern by Mike Moorlach from Brandon, and Duane Genzlinger from Sioux Falls, both in South Dakota. They got a blue and Best of Show prize in the scroll saw category in the 2006 Empire Fair of Sioux Falls.

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