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Scroll saws are versatile and well-known for their ability to make delicate cuts on materials like wood and metal.
As the scroll saw makes precise cuts, it is mostly used in a wide range of craft projects.
So, if you are efficient at using a scroll saw and have the hand of making awesome handy-craft things, money comes to you.
You can find this answer if you notice around your home. Still, wondering??
Then, check out your room if you can find any wooden furniture or home decor materials.
Yes, your pattern bed or the wooden toys like horse or elephant your kid plays with!!
You can make money in multiple ways if you are good at using the scroll saw.
And in this guide, we let you know how to make money with a scroll saw.
So, let’s dive into it.
How Can I Make Money With A Scroll Saw
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Think about all the simple yet breathtaking woodworking projects that you can build with the help of a scroll saw—a clock, a beer tote, sculptures, and what not. Let’s talk about some of the best projects that you can work on using a scroll saw and make money selling them!
As we know already that scroll saws are best at cutting through softer versions of wood, like plywood. Gather a few plywood blocks to start a DIY project. These plywood blocks could be ¼” to ½” thick, and make the best match for scroll saw blades.
You can also opt for Baltic Birch, Pine or Cedar wood, or even harder versions of wood like Cherry, Maple or Redwood—you can opt for any sort of wood, just make sure that you measure the thickness of the wooden block or panel properly in order to prevent any kind of hassle afterward.
If the wooden panels are each of a different thickness, it might get tougher to fit the end pieces together—kind of like a jigsaw puzzle gone wrong, therefore you would need to maintain precaution while choosing the kind of wood for making these small DIY projects at home.
Before you start though, why not go for a test? There are wooden templates available online that you can follow while making some test templates, just to ensure that the pieces fit together. Alternatively, few eBooks available online share some useful tips and tricks as well.
While you are marking your wood for cutting, you basically are left with three cutting options—cutting inside the line, along the line, or outside of the line. Many woodworkers recommend to cut ‘on the line’ or ‘outside of the line’—in this way you are left with more wood that you can get rid of later if needed.
Some other carpenters or DIY workers may recommend that in case of preparing wooden slots that are supposed to fit each other later, cut the first slot ‘inside the line’, the second slot ‘along the line’, and the third slot ‘outside the line’—in this way the slots fit each other perfectly, and hold on tight to each other making your projects last longer.
Most of the DIY projects are made by preparing ‘interlocking’ wooden joints that snap together, and create a larger framework of wood—therefore it is crucial that the cuts are made with precise measurements and to-the-dot perfection to obtain the most satisfactory results.
The number of projects that you could make at home using a scroll saw is endless. Since scroll saws come with a cutting table, with a blade that is razor sharp and conveniently speedy, you can freely move your plywood piece smoothly along the blade to get those intricate cuts that you have been dreaming of.
The efficacy at which the scroll saw performs will leave you at awe and make you imagine of the limitless possibilities of earning money waiting at your doorstep. What are the projects you could start with? You could start off with making simple phone stands, laptop stands, round baskets, desk clocks, picture frames, beer totes, lamps, toy plane models, shark sculptures—the list can go on endlessly.
The point is to gather some courage, take that scroll saw out, and start somewhere. With time, you will be gaining knowledge and expertise to make your projects even better. The trick is to play around with your scroll saw and the wood pieces a little bit—and let yourself make mistakes because there is nothing to lose!
In order to save money, why not try with scrap or throw-away wood pieces first, then as you get better, try with the higher quality wood pieces to make some interesting items with.
Make money Using a Scroll Saw
Let’s share some easy-to-apply tips and tricks with you to make some highly interesting yet simple DIY woodworking projects that you can try at home. Let’s plunge right into carpentry lesson 101.
Horse silhouette in wood: Choose a softwood to begin with. Start off with ¼”, ½”, or 1” plywood, Pine, Birch, Cherry, or Redwood, and oil your scroll saw up and running to get into serious business.
For cutting out silhouettes onto wooden pieces that make awesome decoration items to your household or office interior, you may opt for 8 x 10 wooden plaques. Wood plaques are readily available at any craft store either online or offline. Paying a visit to a craft store around the corner might be a better idea because then you would be able to check the thickness and texture of the wood, and these factors are crucial at making designs on wood that will last.
Say for example, you want to cut a ‘horse’ silhouette on a piece of wood—you can either mark the borders with a pencil, sharpie or a permanent marker, or you can use more advanced technology, like an overhead projector. The projector could present the image onto the wood-piece, which you can then use as a guide to cut using your scroll saw.
If you do not want to or do not have access to a projector, then using carbon papers to translate your image onto the wood piece, works just as well.
Before using the scroll saw blade, make a hole on your wood piece using a drill machine—this will start the pace of cutting. After drilling the hole, fish the blade of the saw through that hole, and then attach the blade to its original position, and then start the machine.
When you are making the decision to purchase a scroll saw from, say, an eCommerce website, then go for one that have a good rating and settle for options no cheaper than $200. Choose a scroll saw that has a cutting speed of 400 to 1550 SPM, a firm cutting arm and a work table that allows more stability and less vibration, 18” throat, and a table that can be tilted easily to 30° and 45° angles to different directions—this allows you to cut complex angular cuts and make intricate designs on your wood piece.
While cutting, keep both your hands on the table, and steer your wood piece back and forth, or round and round, and remember to keep the blade on the line, as mentioned earlier. If you come to a point on your wood piece that is harder to cut, like say for example when you are trying to cut around a flower shape, then let the blade reach to the farthest extent of that point, then pull the blade away from that point, and start from some other point.
When you have cut off the majority of the wood piece, then you maneuver the blade of your saw and come back to those flimsy little points to cut them off all the way. Once you are done with 100% of the cutting and you are sure that no more cutting is left, then simply give a gentle push from the back with your knuckles, and see how the cut-out pops out from its original frame.
It is highly satisfactory to see a work of art made by you, and only you. You can then attach a hook to that frame, or paint it, add other perks, and then either you hang it on your bedroom wall, or sell it online, or gift it to a friend on his birthday!
Some DIY lovers and entrepreneurs advise to place a beautiful piece of fabric of any color behind the silhouette to create an amazing display of pattern art—the interesting part is that, you can change the fabric anytime you want, replace it with a different pattern, and voila, a new piece of art every time you change the fabric.
Topography artwork: You can create amazing topography art using thin wood pieces and scroll saw. Wood pieces of 1/8” thickness, cut into dimensions of 8.5×10.5 inches, would be suitable for making this kind of artwork.
To make a topographical wooden art, you would need several pieces of wood of the same thickness, because topography shows several layers of land. You would need a new sheet of wood for every layer of the topography.
After that, take a print out of the topographical coverage of your area, place them on the wood piece, and trace it out neatly with a pencil or a sharpie. When you are tracing, make sure that all details, like directions, sloping angle, and such factors of your topography are accurately represented.
After all the tracing is complete, drill a hole on each corner of the wood-pieces, insert and attach the blade of the scroll saw through the holes, and then start cutting. Experienced woodworkers suggest that you cut straight along the edges first, and cut along the curves later.
After every layer of cutting, stack all wood pieces up, to show the topographical layers. You can paint each layer with a different color, and paint the edges white, so that each layer is distinguishable.
After the paint has dried, glue all the layers up together, and rest the whole piece for at least 2 hours. After the glue has dried, you would stare in wonder at the marvel you have created. You can gift this to a loved one who loves history and nature, or you can even sell your artwork to history buffs and geography enthusiasts.
Making Money with A Scroll Saw Box
Make beautiful boxes with the help of a scroll saw, that scream out a classic look that no one can resist.
The first thing to do would be get all your wood-working supplies ready, and that would include milled scroll saw blades, blade clamps that allow you enough flexibility in being able to move the wood-piece in angular positions, and also check on the tension lever that should be ergonomic. After you have ensured that all primary supplies are ready, only then can you start working on your project.
Which scroll saw would be suitable for making boxes? Scroll saws that guarantee a speed of 400 to 1750 SPM and a wide array of cutting styles, a parallel dual link arm that emphasizes flexibility and reduces vibration while cutting, upper arm should be mobile so that it could be lifted to change blades, blade clamp should allow movements from 30° to 45° in all directions, and such features. Also look out for an on/off switch, dust-collection capability and a variable speed dial, for clean and hassle-free work.
Finger jointed boxes, mitered boxes, dovetailed boxes, or even butt-jointed ones—all could be made with the help of a scroll saw. You could use either Cherry wood, Maple wood or Birch wood for such projects, and the box you are aiming to make could be of various shapes or sizes—they could be oval, circular, or rectangular.
Print the templates out and then stick them on the wood piece, and then lay them out under the blade for cutting. Specialized ‘dado’ cuts, that are quite popular among wood-workers who make bookshelves or cabinets, can also be easily made with a scroll saw.
Before you start cutting the wood pieces with the scroll saw, drill the starter holes first. Consider the inside edge of the box, and keeping a distance of ¼” from the inside edge, drill the starter holes with 5mm drill bits. Remember, that the starter holes need to be just big enough for the blade to insert through—they should not be too wide or too narrow.
After making the cuts, you would need to sand the edges down to smoothen them up. In case you are making oval-shaped boxes, when you are cutting the wood pieces for the top, bottom and middle pieces, make sure you know how to cut from the inner or the outer edge. Usually ¾” thick wood pieces are used for the top and the middle parts, ½” thick pieces are used for the bottom parts, and ½” thick pieces are used for the lid of a box.
Also make sure that when you cut these pieces, the cuttings are made 1/16” from the lay-out line. This is done so that you can sand and smoothen them up later. After you are satisfied with the cuttings, glue them up together.
You can do the final sanding with the help of oscillating spindles or drum sanders attached to the drill machine that make the smoothening process much easier and quicker. In order to fit the pieces together, you would need to sand the pieces repetitively to 150 and 180 grits. Any sharp edges could be trimmed using trim routers.
The knob of the lid could be made easily using ¾” scrap wood—draw two layout lines, one measuring ¼” inch and another measuring 7/8” from the end of the scrap wood-piece. Then sand a concave line between the two layout lines, and this process should be repeated on all the four sides of the quadrilateral shaped knob. The knob should be at least 5/8” long to be proportionate with the rest of the box.
Once all the cutting and sanding is complete, now it is time to cover the finished piece with a shiny coating, leaving the inside free of any coating. These scroll-saw boxes could be used for safe-keeping jewelry, expensive watches, or anything precious. They make amazing gift items for friends and family!
How To Make Money with A Scroll Saw Pattern
Who would not like Fretwork, Intarsia or Marquetry work on wood? They are fabulous, classic, elegant, and what not—they simply leave an onlooker speechless at their beauty. Now such work of art can also be made at home using a simple scroll saw—isn’t that good news? Once you have made your correct wood choice, and have the saw and its blades figured out, you can start on your craft DIY projects.
Intarsia: For Intarsia wood-work, you would need different types of wood pieces and fit them together in layers to create a 3D appearance. For these projects, you must ensure that the pieces fit together perfectly so that the scroll saw can do its work.
You must choose the blade carefully for intarsia projects—regardless if you are opting for softwood or hardwood that are 1” thick, blades that make use of reverse skip-tooth technology (tooth with gaps at intervals, and tooth fitted facing opposing directions) should be used for making Intarsia come to life.
In this technology, the blades have 12 teeth in every inch of the way, and this design determines the efficacy of the cutting performance. Next, you would need a scroll saw that has extendible arms that are flexible and reduce vibration while you are in the middle of the cutting process.
Also choose a scroll saw that has a tension-free lever—at the same time ensure that the blade is perfectly in square with the table of the saw which will save you from a lot of sanding work.
The next important step that you must follow is to find a proper pattern for your intarsia project—you can check on endless project designs online, and most of them have been tried and tested, therefore they are practical designs.
If you are a DIY project-maker with little or no experience with wood-working projects, you should opt for simpler patterns. Do not fret if you are a beginner—yes, Intarsia projects look stunning and a tiny bit complicated, but it absolutely is not, and once you have chosen the correct pattern fit for your skill level, you will see how easy it actually is.
For Intarsia projects, considering the Inlay work is the most important thing. Inlay means to cut depressions into base wood, and then inserting different types and patterns of wood pieces inside those depressions—and the most beautiful part of it is that they all harmonize with each other.
The goal is to create a seamless look to the inlay work—therefore precise measurement is crucial. Before you start cutting, take note of the angle of tilt that your blade table can endure, and also craft a zero-clearance table for your saw.
In order to reduce the number of cuts, and the number of times you would need to sand and fit the pieces together, you can follow these two helpful tips—stacking the wood pieces together, and using chisel to remove the scraps and waste off the wood-pieces.
Fretwork: To make fretwork patterns, like the ones you find in Victorian houses, scroll saw comes in handy. In the past, fretwork used to be done using hand-saws, but now that the scroll saws are here, fretwork has become a DIY project-maker’s dream.
The removable blade of the saw is the most important feature of a scroll saw that is needed in a fretwork project. Simply stacking the wood-pieces save you from cutting the same pattern over and over again.
For fretwork projects, reverse skip-tooth technology blades of sizes 5 or 7, are the perfect fit. If you want to make smaller and more intricate fretwork patterns, you would need smaller blades, like the spiral blades, but using smaller blades need a higher level of expertise. A spiral blade is especially useful in fretwork projects because it allows you to keep the material stationery while cutting.
How will you choose a fretwork pattern that will fit your skill level perfectly? Online resources are the best because they have all been tried and tested, and recommended by experts, or more experienced wood-workers.
Marquetry:For making Marquetry projects, scroll saw again will prove to be quite useful. Marquetry is basically attaching different colored wood veneers to the surface of another wooden-piece, so as to create a highly decorative and colorful look that is classy and elegant.
Though some may argue that Marquetry should better be left to expert artists and woodworkers only, others may oppose saying that it should be made more within the reach of DIY project-makers and wood-working enthusiasts so that the tradition stays alive, and makes more and more people attracted toward this ancient form of art.
Several methods could be approached while attempting to make Marquetry wood-patterns using a scroll saw—the window method, double-bevel method, or padding/stacking method.
In the window method, make a veneer inlay first, in which you desire to place other wood pieces to create a comb of wood-pieces that harmonize. Next, you would need to select the most suitable grain pattern.
Then you have to slide the material around the rear of the cutout or the window, and then slide the internal material to find the best grain pattern. After you have selected the pattern, start the cutting.
In the padding or stacking method, the useful veneer pieces are stacked along with the scrap veneer pieces, fastened together, and then placed under the blade. The problem with this method is that because of the kerf of the blade, the sizes of the stack vary in different places and therefore the pieces might end up not fitting each other—which will then require a lot of sanding work.
In the double bevel cut method, each veneer is given a bevel or an angular cut on the edges, then the pieces are fitted together, and placed on tiltable tables of the scroll saw. Tables that can tilt are crucial for Marquetry projects using this method.
Making Money with A Scroll Saw Puzzles
Who does not like a good jig-saw puzzle? If you have always wanted to make cute-looking puzzle pieces to put up for sale, or simply to give them to your nephews and nieces, and you happen to have a scroll saw around—you should not wait any longer! Scroll saws are the best for making puzzle pieces that actually fit. Not only are they fun to play among all age groups, but they are also quite fun to make.
If you have closely looked at puzzle pieces, you surely would have noticed that each jigsaw puzzle piece is unique, as far as the shape is concerned. There are various ways in which the puzzle pieces are assembled, and each arrangement has a different name—interlocking, knobs/keys, lines and patterns, logical puzzle, puzzle inside a puzzle, to name a few.
In interlocking style, all the puzzle pieces are in place, and you can freely move any of the pieces without disturbing the entire set. Before you start to make a puzzle set though, you might have to do a lot of research on the way the puzzle pieces are going to move—in a straight line or in a curve. Will the puzzle pieces be arranged randomly or will they represent a pattern?
It may all seem a bit overwhelming at first—so where do you start? The easiest trick to start cutting a puzzle set, is to take a print out of the puzzle picture in question, say a picture of a zebra. Next, you glue the photograph up to the wood-piece you would translate the puzzle to, and then start cutting using a scroll saw. The entire process is guaranteed to be quite entertaining.
You can also opt for making simpler name puzzles for children. Baltic Birch plywood of ½” thickness works best for such projects. The first thing you can do is take a print out, in your favorite font and font size, of the name of your friend or nephew, and then glue the picture onto the wood-piece. On the other hand, you can simply project the image using a projector onto the wood-piece.
Once you have got the image on the wood, drill starter holes, then start cutting. Cut out the delicate curves first, but you can also opt for cutting out the straighter edges first—it is completely up to you.
Remember, since it is a name puzzle set, therefore after cutting off the wood pieces, do not throw them away, since they are the ones the children are going to fit back into the letters to solve the puzzle. If you happen to injure the wood and make unwanted cracks, you can simply seal them up using wood putty.
After you have cut off all the letters, sand them gently and make sure they fit into the puzzle perfectly. Finally make the supporting board that will stay on the back of the puzzle set, using ¼” wood-piece of the same size as the original puzzle set. This is so that after the letters are positioned back into the puzzle, they get a support to lie back against.
You can paint the supporting board and the letters any color you want. You can make personalized wooden name puzzles for tons of people out there—everyone adores customized products!
Scroll saws are amazing machines. If you are looking to make intricate designs on wood, scroll saw would be your best buddy.
Think of all the awesome things you can make with a scroll saw—keepsake boxes, jig-saw puzzle sets, phone and laptop stands, round bowls, name and picture plaques, photo frames, plants pots, planter sconces—the list is endless.
This article will prove to be a comprehensive guide on how to make money with a scroll saw. If you have the talent, and the experience, put them into good use today.
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