Introduction: Santa Claus Scroll Saw Puzzle

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This Santa Claus scroll saw puzzle is easy to cut and easy to finish. And the fact that it is freestanding makes it nice that you can display it when completed for all to see. You can literally cut and finish one in less than 30 minutes (not including painting). It will provide many hours of fun especially for the little ones.

I personally modified the pattern that you can find in the link below to add the "look" of eyes and I also squared off the shape of the boots a bit.


Santa Scroll Saw Pattern

Scroll Saw

Spiral Scroll Saw Blades

Painters Tape

Spay Adhesive

Acrylic Paint

Assorted Paint Brushes

Optional Wood Saw

Wood of your choice. I used standard 3/4" thick pine purchased from a local big box store. Overall dimensions of the wood will be determined by the size of the pattern you are using.

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Step 1: Apply the Pattern

After first applying a layer of painters tape apply some spray adhesive on top of the tape. At that point apply the pattern on top of the tape. Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles.

Step 2: Remove Excess Wood

Trim off any excess wood. I use my table saw sled on my table saw to do this but any normal wood saw will work just fine.

Step 3: Cut Out the Pattern

Now for the fun part! After inserting a spiral blade into my scroll saw I proceeded to cut out the pattern. This pattern didn't require it but if your pattern has any internal cuts that need to be made in a piece you will first have to drill a small whole to pass the scroll saw blade through.

Step 4: Sanding

After all the pieces are cut out it's time to sand everything smooth. But first I had to remove the pattern. And since it was applied on top of painters tape it peels right off! I only used 120 grit sandpaper as the wood was pretty much smooth from the store. I mainly was concerned about getting all of the edges smoothed over.

Step 5: Painting

Using some acrylic paint and some assorted small paint brushes apply any colors you would like to your pattern. I kept mine pretty simple. And depending on the colors you may have to let it dry and apply a second coat. I found that white required this the most.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Now it's time to enjoy your work! For my four year old son he loves to play with this puzzle almost every day!