So! You want to kick your pumpkin carving game up a notch and try your hand at one of those fancy complex patterns? Good for you! It's easy! But that's beyond the goal of this Instructable. One thing that you will absolutely need, however, is some precision pumpkin carving saws.
Fortunately, there's no need to go out and buy one of those kitschy pumpkin carving kits - you can make your own saws that perform better and cost less money!
Step 1: Tools and Materials
All the materials you need to make the saws can be bought at your local hardware store, though you may have everything you need in your workshop already:
3/8" - 7/16" wood dowel (I used poplar because it's inexpensive, but it really doesn't matter)
5" scroll saw blades, 15-20 tpi (teeth per inch), pinned or unpinned ends
JB Weld or some other high-strength epoxy
spray paint (optional)
For the jigs, you'll need some scrap pieces of 2x4 and some wood screws.
The required tools are also pretty basic:
A wood saw (I used a scroll saw)
A drill press (preferred, though you could do it with a hand held drill)