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Woodworks by Travis has moved to a new home! I have moved my gallery of scroll sawn work to Scroll Saw Village, an online community for scroll saw enthusiasts! We offer forums, private messaging, user galleries and a free pattern library!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I got this pattern from Scroll Saw Art Puzzles by Tony Burns. The projects seem more like segmentation than puzzles, but they are still neat. I made this one for my wife for her birthday. She has brown eyes and I have blue so the penguins reflect that. I colored the wood with watered down acrylic paints. It really raised the grain. I think next time I'll use stain or dye so I don't have to deal with it. Finally, I clear coated it with acrylic spray. They're pretty neat. Would make great items for a craft show.

3/4" Poplar
Colored with watered down acrylics
Clear coated with spray acrylic.

The Duke

I got this pattern from the first issue of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts (or known back then, Scroll Saw Workshop). I ordered a bunch of back issues and this is one of the patterns. I think every scroller will have cut a portrait of the Duke at some point in their scrolling career. Here's mine. I'm pretty happy with it. I like the delicate areas. It impresses a lot of people when they see it.

Cut from 1/4" Baltic Birch
Clear Coated with Spray Acrylic
Felt Backing

Monday, October 15, 2007

Halloween Magnets

I got these patterns from Scrollsaw Woodworks and Crafts (Fall 2002) designed by Billie (BJ) Holm. The design was made for pins, but I turned mine into magnets. It was a great Halloween project that was quick to make.

1/8" Baltic Birch
Finished with acrylic paints and a clear acrylic spray coat.

Charlie Chaplain Portrait

Here's a Charlie Chaplain portrait I got from Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine (Aug 2007). I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. It was a pretty simple pattern and didn't have any trouble with it at all. I used a 50/50 mixture of Boiled Linseed Oil and Mineral Spirits to finish off the piece. This is my first time with this finish. I'm not sure if I like it on baltic birch, though. It yellows the wood too much. I think I'd like it if it was a hardwood of some sort. Perhaps these baltic birch portraits would do better with just an acrylic spray coat. Over all, I'm happy with the results.

1/4" Baltic Birch
Finished with 50/50 mixture of Boiled Linseed Oil and Mineral Spirits
Felt Backing

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Spike and Buffy

Spike and Buffy from the Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV show. I got the patterns from a pumpkin carving site (Zombie Pumpkins). I combined 2 patterns to make the grouping. The Buffy 'B' logo was taken from a google image search. The inside of the 'B' is very delicate and was tricky to cut. I'm pretty happy with it. Simple design, but turned out pretty neat.

1/4" Baltic Birch
Clear Coat spray
Felt backing.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

First Picture Puzzle

The image is from a birthday card I recieved. Spraymounted onto 1/4" birch plywood I found at Home Depot.

I still have to work on my smooth cuts. They stop and go quite a bit. The keys also need a lot of work. They didn't lock in the way I'd hope. If you pull from a corner, the puzzle will fall apart in sections. I also had a bad habit of making some of the sections too thin. I also cut into some of they keys. That would make the assembly much more difficult and defeat the purpose of a key.

I tried a freehand heart shape in the center. Man that turned out bad. I'll need a lot more practice. I wonder if puzzle makers do those first then come back and do the rest?

I think I'll have to order those Flying Dutchman puzzle blades. Even though I used the smallest blade, it still seemed like a large kerf.

I think I'll keep this puzzle in a bag. I'll pull it out in a year and see how far I've come!

Horse Puzzle

This is my first attempt at a puzzle. Made from 3/4" Oak. I got the design from the MSN group Absolutely Free Scroll Saw Patterns and was designed by user JayP.

I don't thing the keys were as big as they should be. The pieces have a lot of play. I used a thin blade. I suppose I should have used something more aggressive, as I tended to bend the blade a bit. The tail section isn't square. I think I was flexing the blade too much. I also should have sanded the wood before scrolling. It would have made it look nicer. I still need to work on smoothing out my cuts. They're a bit haphazard right now. But this is only my 3rd try with the scroll saw. I just need more practice.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Darth Vader

This is my second scroll saw project. I'm much happier with these results. I think it was a bit more forgiving of a pattern. I still need to work on my smooth lines, but I did learn how to do sharp corners with a rotation. I got this pattern from a pumkin carving section of StarWars.com. Check out other pumpkin carving sites for other great patterns. Great for scroll sawers!

8x10. Made from birch plywood I picked up from Home Depot. Not a great quality wood, but good for practice. I had trouble with the masking tape pulling up some of the wood fibers.

First Scroll Saw Project

When I bought my scroll saw, I decide I'd cut out my son's name for his door. Made of 3/4" scrap poplar. I had trouble following the lines. Wasn't real happy about the way it turned out. I'm going to try this project again after I have a bit more practice. Maybe next time I'll make it out of 1/2" stock instead.

Monday, June 18, 2007


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