Friday, January 4, 2019

Goldfish Sculpture Scroll Saw Pattern.



This goldfish sculpture is ten inches long. It is made from three layers. The body layers are 1/2" thick and the center fin layer is 1/4" thick.

If you know of someone who enjoys keeping fish they will love this sculpture. It's relatively easy to cut. The only tricky part is the contouring the body and fins. Contouring is easiest done if you have a soft drum sander.

I think this project really calls for a nice hardwood. The nice wood gives it more of a sculpture look. 

I used a 1/8" diameter steel rod to hold the fish. I wanted it to be as minimal as possible to make the fish seem to be swimming. 


The layers are contoured to give the fish a rounded form. It's difficult to see in the pictures but the fins are also contoured to a dull knife edge. This gives the illusion that they are thinner than they are.

Contour the pieces before you glue them together.

The most important scroll saw technique:


Over the years I have taught many newbies how to use the scroll saw. I see the same mistakes from almost every person when they are getting the feel for how the scroll saw works. 

There is one mistake that everyone makes and the sooner you learn the correct technique the sooner your scrolling accuracy will improve. 

In this video, I will demonstrate the mistake and show the technique to correct it. Most scrollers will naturally correct the mistake after a few hours of using the scroll saw. I hope that by showing this technique I can help you get past the frustration and start using the correct technique quicker.



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If you use the DVD on a Windows PC there is a simple viewer program to browse through the patterns.

The DVD also works fine on a MAC. The viewer program is not MAC compatible but there is an included PDF with all the patterns shown as thumbnails for easy viewing. 

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