Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Bird Family Art Sculpture Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Scraps of wood and a very simple pattern can make art. This type of pattern is why I bought my first high-end scroll saw. I was making furniture and other keepsake projects like toy chests. It got to the point that I was spending more money on wood than I could afford. I was not selling my builds so it was all expense. I built a full-size writing desk from solid Bubinga. Bubinga goes for about $18 a board foot. As much fun as that was, it was not sustainable. I could maybe make two or three of those projects a year. 

When I would complete those expensive projects I always had small scraps of expensive wood left over. None of them were large enough for the projects I was making so many small pieces went into the trash. That always hurt my feelings.

I had been scrolling for years but I never became serious enough to use it as my primary tool. Somewhere around that time, I watched a video by Rick Hutchenson showing how to use CorelDraw to make scroll saw patterns. The light bulb came on. I could use my scraps. The cost of projects was not going to put me in the poor house and I could make as many projects as I wanted.

I still occasionally make some traditional woodworking projects but I keep myself busy in the shop with my scroll saw. Of course, I never thought all those years ago that it would become a fulltime job but that is just a big plus. 

Projects like this little bird family sculpture take me an hour or two to make. That is fast enough that I can cut two or three projects a day if I want. I enjoy being in the shop and I enjoy making projects. The scroll saw gives me the ability to spend more time doing what I love. That's hard to beat.

This pattern uses 1/2" thick wood for the bird bodies and 1/8" for the wings. If you take some time to round over the edges it will give the birds more of a sculpture feeling. 

I used 1/8" wooden dowels for the perch. These are a little delicate so if you want more strength go with steel rods. You can make the perch's as tall as you like but not so tall as to get top-heavy. If you want taller perches them make larger bases. 


This project is so simple that you don't need much in the way of instructions but there is one point to watch out for. The holes in the bottom of the birds need to be at the correct angle. I included a mark on the pattern that shows where to drill the holes. I used a clamp and drill press to make them straight. If you use a hand drill just drill carefully. 

These birds are small enough that if you mess up one of the holes just cut another bird's body. 

YouTuber, SentimentalWoodArt Video:


I have to admit that I am addicted to YouTube. I love to search for new craftsmen and craftswomen and watch them work. There are woodworkers of all levels on YouTube and I always learn a lot. 

I want to share a video I found today by SentimentalWoodArt. I think I found out that her name is Kira. I hope that's correct. If not I will correct it later. In this video, she makes the standing reindeer project I posted back in July. 

Okay, I admit that she give me a shoutout in the video so I am a bit biased but I enjoyed the video.:)

If you take a couple minutes to watch the video please leave her a nice comment and hits the thumbs up button. 

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