Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sisters, scroll saw pattern.

By far the most often asked question I get from readers is about scroll saw blades. It can be a confusing question for new scrollers. There are several brands and even more types of blades. Let me tell you the way I usually answer this question. Of course it depends on what type of projects you want to make. If the projects you want to cut are like the ones you see here on my blog here are my picks.

First the brand. I use and recommend the Flying Dutchman brand of blades. The blades that come with most saws are not very good. I'm not saying you won't be happy with other brands but I know this brand is quality stuff. It's fine to try different brands and find your own personal favorite but if you want a good place to start try the Flying Dutchman brand.

I buy my blades from Mike over at
Mike sells to thousands of scrollers and many of the pros use his blades. Trust me when I say you will be happy with Mike and his service. The blades are great and the prices are good also.

Now for the type of blades. I am a minimalist when it comes to blades. I probably cut 90% of my projects with a #3 Scroll Reverse and a #5 Scroll Reverse. I recently started using the Ultra Reverse blade from Mike. The difference is that they have a bend in the blade to designate the top of the blade. This is very handy especially with small blades.

If you are just getting started buy a good quantity of the Ultra reverse blades. Buy mostly #3 and #5. Then if you cut thicker woods buy a few #7 UR. That's going to get you started. You can cut nearly all the patterns on my blog with these blades.

After that you can start looking at the specialty blade. If you want to cut portrait style patterns then look at the spiral blades. I'm not a big fan of spiral blades but they are the best way to cut Portraits.

There are also blades for cutting different materials like Corian, plastic and metal. When you want to try these materials make sure you pick up a few of these specialty blades to make the project go well.

Many scrollers love to cut puzzles. Puzzles require a very thin kerf blade. If you remove too much material in the kerf the puzzle pieces won't fit back together well. The Flying Dutchman Superior Puzzle blade works perfectly. I suggest you buy a few of these blades and give puzzles a try. You will probably get hooked on making puzzles. They are fun and people love to get custom puzzles as a gift.

As you get more comfortable with your saw you can slowly experiment with different blades and ad more to your collection. Mike is an excellent source for blade knowledge. If you have questions just drop him and email and he can lead you in the right direction.
The Scrollsaw Workshop is primarily supported by donations. If you enjoy this Blog and would like to make a donation please click this link. Your support is greatly appreciated. Make A Donation
Click book to purchase.
This book is only available in digital format. There will be a link on the final payment page that directs you to the download page. I will also send an automated email with the link to the download page.

If you would like to have all the patterns in the Scrollsaw Workshop catalog you can buy the first six years DVD and the 2013 update DVD at this link. DVD #1 is $20 and contains over 1,100 patterns. The 2013 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 178 patterns.

This is the end of the daily posts. Keep scrolling for lot's more scrolls saw fun!
Bear Woods has been around since 1987 serving our hobby. They offer a wide range of craft products including Pegas scroll saw blades, clock inserts, toy parts, workshop supplies and much more. In my ten years of writing the Scrollsaw Workshop blog I have never received a complaint about Bear Woods. I get thousands of email a month so that's saying something about their customer service and quality products. Please support the people who support our hobby. Click now and visit Bear Woods.

Heritage Wood Specialties. Scroll saw ready boards!

Heritage Wood Specialties is a nationally recognized supplier of superior quality hardwoods to fine woodworkers across the US and Canada. Novice hobbyists and experienced enthusiasts alike can enjoy the high quality woodworking materials and kits available from Heritage Wood Specialties. Great source for scroll saw ready boards.

Seyco began business in 1986 with the goal to supply the best customer support and quality products in the scroll saw industry. I have worked with Seyco on many occasions and I can tell you they are simply the best. Please do yourself a favor and click the image above. Steve Good

Free Pattern Catalog. 1000's of free patterns.

Thousands of FREE scroll saw patterns. No registration or signup required.

The projects form these patterns can be sold without restrictions. The patterns cannot be sold.

Click here for the Free Online Catalog.


Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw Book $12 Each
Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
Watch the following video to see how easy these beautiful scroll saw vases
are to make. 

Order the $3 pdf Catalog

This is a PDF of all the patterns in my free catalog. It is for Windows only and has a program to automatically download the pattern to your computer. Please watch the video below before you order. Click the picture to order.