How to Make a Scroll Saw Puzzle
This basic scroll saw puzzle is a great gift for young children. They get some basic motor and problem solving skills from putting the puzzle together. You can decorate the puzzles with Amy Howard One-Step Paint because it has no VOCs or methanol.
We decided to share these scroll saw basic tips and techniques, so you can learn a new skill. We also wanted to give you some easy Christmas gift ideas, while also getting your feet wet with this new skill.
So let’s get started: how do you actually make a scroll saw puzzle?
Step One. Find a Scroll Saw Puzzle Pattern.
We got our puzzle patterns free and we just used printable paper puzzles as our template. Find the squirrel scroll saw puzzles here. When making this puzzle for young children, make sure you big pieces rather than small ones that a child will choke on.
Step Two. Find a Piece of Wood.
If you’re making this scroll saw puzzle for very young children, make sure you get wood with no splinters or doesn’t break apart easily.
Step Three. Attach to Wood.
We just gave it a rough cut and used spray adhesive to keep it in place as we cut. Cut down the wood to an approximate size. You’ll want to keep enough room around the outline, so you can press down the piece properly as you cut.
Step Four. Set up the Scroll Saw.
Remember to adjust your scroll saw speed depending on what kind of wood you’re using. Learn more about how to use a scroll saw here.
Step Five. Cut.
Once you’ve made all the proper adjustments it’s time to start the cutting. If you have a bit of extra trim, then aim toward the line you need to cut on.
Gently guide the scroll saw puzzle onto the blade, using both hands. As you start to cut the puzzle, press it down firmly with your forefingers of both hands and thumb letting the saw do the work. If you piece is jumping around or you have jagged cuts, you need to press down more firmly.
Remove the excess wood as you move along. Keep turning the puzzle, so the next line is in front of the scroll blade. If you need to start over in a new part, gently back the blade out of the cut and turn the piece again for the next line.
Once you cut the puzzle outline, start following the lines to cut out each of the puzzle pieces.
Step Six. Sand.
Scroll Saw Puzzle Patterns
We got our puzzle patterns free and we just used printable paper puzzles as our template. Just give it a rough cut and use spray adhesive to keep it in place as you cut. Find the squirrel scroll saw puzzles here.
We used simple scroll saw puzzle patterns because we wanted to use it for this tutorial, but there are more complicated ones available to accommodate any skill set. You can also make your own on a design program.
Scroll Saw Puzzle Video
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