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Fun Things from my scroll saw

Kansas City, Missouri

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Just a guy at a scroll saw - no computers or templates. Full Custom orders available. The shop video will give you an idea of what 'hand cut' means.
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Last updated on Mar 3, 2021

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Just a guy at a scroll saw - no computers or templates. Full Custom orders available. The shop video will give you an idea of what 'hand cut' means.
Any questions? Just message me.

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Great joy from a small space

Having done many things in my life I now find myself sitting happily at my scroll saw in a small space in my garage making wonderous things.

A scroll saw is the saw with the tiny, very fine blade that lets you cut intricate details even out in the middle of a piece of wood. They are what was used to make jigsaw puzzles back before the advent of the mass market stamped cardboard puzzles.

If you've never tried a hand cut wooden puzzle you are in for a treat! The thickness of the wood means even the smaller pieces are easy to handle (even with my big ham hands). The blades I use are only 0.008" thick - about twice as thick as a hair so the pieces slide together smoothly and securely. You can pick up a completed puzzle and flip it over. It will sag a bit and a piece or two may come out, but the pieces want to stay together. I rebuild the puzzle as I cut and at the end I take it apart and count to see how many pieces it is. The only way to take it apart is to pick up a section and slide each piece off. When you're assembling the puzzle you'll know instantly if you've put the right piece in the right place. Because they are hand cut, each interlock is unique making it easy to tell if it's the right one or not. Buy two of the same puzzle (really - please do!) and you'll need to be careful not to mix up the pieces because they will NOT interchange.

I offer five different puzzle sizes - 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, 12x18, and 13x19. The smaller sizes are less expensive - sort of a 'try it' option. Unlike standard die-cut puzzles the number of pieces isn't necessarily a good indication of how difficult a puzzle will be.

The different cutting styles are as follows: A 'Grid' puzzle is relatively rectangular pieces of a comfortable size. A 'Freestyle' puzzle has pieces of about the same size but the shapes are... more interesting. The edge of the puzzle may or may not be straight and, overall, it's a bit trickier to assemble than a regular puzzle. A 'Tiny Pieces' puzzle is just that - one with tinier pieces. They're still relatively rectangular but there are a lot more of them. The pieces are pretty much all the same shape and size (I'm working by hand so there WILL be some variation). It all sounds easier but the similarity of the pieces and how little image there is on each one add to the... fun. There are around 30% more pieces. That means you're looking at an 8x10 puzzle with 200 - 250+ pieces. A 13x19 will be in the 650-800 piece range. The tiny piece puzzles are a more expensive because it takes about the same amount of time to cut a piece no matter what size it is and more pieces means more time spent. A Tiny Pieces in the big sizes is a whole extra day to make.

The images are applied to 1/4" wood and then hand-cut into puzzles. I sit at my scroll saw and turn the one big picture into more and more pieces until it's done. There's no computer, no laser, no CNC. Just a guy at a saw. The puzzles fit together so tightly you can pick a finished puzzle up by one end. They sag a bit like a slice of pizza and I'm not going to say that all of the pieces will necessarily stay in place, but it's still kind of fun.

In addition to puzzles I also make other fun things with my saw. Did you know you can make a wooden bowl with a scroll saw? Instead of taking a large chunk of wood and carving a bowl out of it, you take a simple *flat* board and turn it into a bowl. It's rather like the way a pop-up bowl works, but it's a one-time trick. By cutting properly spaced and angled rings you can re-assemble them into a bowl.

And sometimes I move the car out of the garage and set up my little lathe and turn some pens.

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  • Steven

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    I used to be a Software Engineer but things happen so now I'm sitting at my scroll saw making things.

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