Scroll saw shopping recommendations

   I have received a few questions about which scroll saw books and equipment to buy and where to buy them. To answer these questions I have written this basic guide with items that I fully recommend.

 

   ¨The scroll saw handbook¨, by Patrick Spielman, is probably the best introductory scroll saw book you can get. It contains a short history of scroll saw and everything you need to know to learn using a scroll saw: types of blades and woods, gluing, finishing, cutting techniques, just everything. If you want a scroll saw book, this is the one you want. You can buy this book at Amazon at a very convenient price by clicking on the left link. This recommendation is for people living anywhere in the world.

 

  An alternative to the former one is the ¨Scroll saw workbook¨, by John A. Nelson, also excellent and very complete. You can buy this book at Amazon at a very convenient price by clicking on the left link. This recommendation is for people living anywhere in the world.

 

  I made the Jennifer clock shown in the scroll saw examples section using one of the patterns contained in the book ¨Advanced scroll saw clocks¨, by John A. Nelson. It is a cheap book containing five nice patterns. You can buy this book at Amazon at a very convenient price by clicking on the left link. This recommendation is for people living anywhere in the world.

Jennifer scroll saw fretwork clock

 

   The excellent scroll saw that I am happy to own is the 18 inches variable speed model by Hegner. In my Hegner scroll saw review I give a quite complete review of this scroll saw. You can buy this scroll saw at Amazon at a very convenient price by clicking on the left link. This recommendation is for people living in the U.S.A. People living anywhere else should contact their local Hegner dealers.

Henger scroll saw

   If you live in the USA your best choice for blades is Flying Dutchman blades. These are distributed in this website: http://www.mikesworkshop.com

   Mike doesn't only sells the best blades around, he gives a personalized service. He will tell you which type and size of blade is better for any wood and task you tell him.

  I have some more comments about these blades in my Hegner scroll saw review.

Flying dutchman scroll saw blades

 

   A very high quality alternative to the Hegner is the Dewalt DW788 20 inches variable speed scroll saw. I do not own this scroll saw but I have read the reviews and specifications and it is a very robust and complete scroll saw that you will also enjoy using. You can buy this scroll saw at Amazon at a very convenient price by clicking on the left link. This recommendation is for people living in the U.S.A. People living anywhere else should contact their local Dewalt dealers.

 

   The drill press I use to make the pilot holes in the wood is a model by Dremel. The rotary tool can be removed from its support and used independently. This tool is very useful not only for making your scroll saw inner cuts but also for many other tasks by using the large collection of replaceable accessories. You can buy this drill press at Amazon at a very convenient price by clicking on the left link. In the right link you have the recommended set of drill bits. This recommendation is for people living in the U.S.A. People living anywhere else should contact their local Dremel dealers.

 

   Below I have included other books that I find interesting, especially for the beginner.

 

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

  There are many more books at Amazon. If you would like something in particular, you can make your own search in the following search box. Use the first dropdown to choose ¨Books¨ and introduce the appropriate keywords for your search, like ¨scroll saw wildlife¨, ¨scroll saw Christmas¨, or whatever subject you may be interested.