Scroll Saw Workbook

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The Scroll Saw Workbook: Learn to master your scroll saw in 25 skill-building chapters by John A. Nelson is a well-known reference for woodworking enthusiasts who wish to master the art of scroll sawing. Basically, the book aims to help both beginners and experienced workers improve their abilities through a series of exercises and projects.

The Fox Chapel-published book is filled with step-by-step instructions, tips, and techniques that enable readers to create intricate and beautiful scroll saw projects.

Scroll Saw Workbook: An Overview

Here is an overview of what readers can expect from the workbook:

  • Introduction: The book starts with an introduction to scroll saws, its components, functions, and safety precautions.
  • Basic Techniques: The book also covers fundamental techniques from blade changing and tensioning, to stack cutting, relief, and segmentation, among others.
  • Cutting Exercises: It also includes various cutting exercises to help readers practice their precision and control. These exercises involve cutting straight lines, curves, and intricate patterns.
  • Project Tutorials: Throughout the book, readers will find a series of projects of increasing complexity. These projects can range from simple ornaments to more advanced art pieces. 
  • Project Patterns: The book’s project patterns include die-cut stationery, a butterfly with interior cuts, and a fish silhouette, among others.
  • Tips and Tricks: John A. Nelson shares valuable tips and tricks such as proper wood selection, achieving clean cuts, and finishing techniques, to name a few.
  • Design: The book covers design principles, helping readers to understand how to create their patterns or adapt existing ones.
  • Advanced Techniques: As readers progress through the book, they will encounter more advanced techniques such as marquetry, fretwork, or segmentation.
  • Troubleshooting: The book discusses solutions to common scroll sawing problems to help readers overcome obstacles encountered in their projects.

About the Author

John A. Nelson is a master of scroll saws, with thousands of hours of experience handling the woodworking machine. He is also a contributor to Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine, and has authored 10 books about scroll sawing. 

Here are some of Nelson’s works, now available on Amazon:

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Fox Chapel Publishing is best-known for its woodworking and specialty craft books and magazines. Here are other titles from Fox Chapel:

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