Simple scroll saw projects include shelves, candle holders, puzzles, ornaments and clocks. Wall hangings, picture frames and outdoor decor can also be made with a scroll saw, though they may be more complex patterns.
When choosing the wood for cutting, make sure it is knot-free. Most woods are suitable for these projects; however, chipboard is not. Hardwoods finish nicely, but they may warp and they require more sanding. Plywood is a good scrolling material and is less expensive. Make sure whatever wood used is completely dry before commencing cutting.
Choose simple designs to start with and move on to more complex patterns with experience. Puzzles or projects with long lines are the best way to get a feel for the scroll saw. Once the design has been chosen, apply the pattern to the wood. There are a number of ways to do this, but the most popular method is to use either blue painter's tape and adhesive spray or double-sided masking tape to hold the pattern to the wood. Once the cutting is complete, the tape is peeled off without leaving any residue or damage to the carving.
After the cutting is finished, some projects require staining or painting. Other projects may require additional assembly.