If you’re new to woodworking and learning to read patterns, there are many fun patterns for scroll saws to try out. These are top picks for beginners in the scroll sawing world. Enjoy! Add this cute little chick house to your outdoor living space after you’ve mastered the basic scroll work required for that first beginner cut. These coasters are an excellent starter scroll saw project because there’s plenty of detailed information included in the actual patterns to help guide you along the scroll work process. These are ideal to take on a one-week vacation or to stay at home and practice with.
Here are two very simple scroll saw patterns to get you started. Both patterns are written from left to right with thick black lines across the two pieces of traced paper. One piece of colored carbon paper is placed over the top of the tracing paper and the other piece is placed underneath it. The thicker black lines identify the traced lines and the lighter colored carbon piece identifies the colored paper.
This pattern is a good place to start. It’s easy to read and it offers just enough detail to allow you to develop your own skills without struggling. You can start by using just a pencil to do the basic layout, then as you gain more confidence you can progress to using a thicker medium like colored carbon paper or even thicker fine sand paper. If you need more guidance in the initial stages, there are many scroll saw patterns available on the internet that give you step-by-step guides. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck on a particular project and not knowing how to progress with the pattern.
The next pattern is more advanced and involves using a staining agent. This pattern is not recommended for beginners, unless you have some previous experience in creating wooden products. In this case, a staining compound is applied to a wood surface using a brush. Instead of tracing paper, this pattern uses colored carbon paper. You can see the difference between the two in the stains that are used – the paper is either dark or light.
If you look online, you’ll find a wide array of scroll saw patterns to choose from. Some patterns are based on wood surfaces, while others are designed for metal surfaces. One example of these patterns is the plate pattern which is perfect for a wood lathe or an old fashioned lathe. It incorporates a simple cutout with multiple pieces that form a circle over a larger portion of the work surface.
As you increase your skill level, it’s probably best to stick to more advanced patterns. However, keep in mind that even these advanced patterns can still be used on a less skilled operator. A good example would be using the finger scroll saw. While it may sound difficult, with practice you can master this technique and create intricate designs with very little effort.
Another option is to purchase some free scroll saw patterns. You can either find them in the form of online instruction guides or books or even on the company website. Typically, you’ll pay only for the actual written pattern and nothing else. This option does limit your skill level as well because many free patterns are simply images that don’t offer precise cuts and directions.
Once you’ve decided what pattern you want, you need to determine the appropriate saw blade for your scroll saw patterns. For example, most patterns for a scroll saw can be used with a carbide blade but the patterns themselves cannot be cut on one. Rather than purchasing a different blade, simply switch to a high quality blade. These high quality blades cost more but they will last longer and provide a better cut with each use. After you’ve made your purchase and have been using the new pattern, you’ll soon see how much the purchase was worth.