Saturday, September 24, 2016

10 Fun Scroll Saw Woodworking Projects

I challenged myself to create an eBook of 10 Fun Scroll Saw Projects that you can cut out and assemble using interlocking joints - no glue, screws, or nails required - it's that simple!  Check out my video featuring all ten projects, and if you like what you see, Click Here to purchase my eBook!

It was a fun challenge trying to design these projects with slots that just slide together to assemble the project.  I have a Dewalt DW788 Scroll Saw, but you could probably make these with a jigsaw and bandsaw as well.  Most of the projects can be made in less than an hour so they don't take much time.  I started simple with this Phone Stand made from 1/4" plywood.  It has two sides that hold your phone at different angles.

The Carmichael Workshop Phone Stand

This Tablet Stand consists of only two pieces of 1/4" plywood.  It is also two-sided for different angles.  It will hold tablets that are 7" or larger.  When making interlocking projects, it's important to measure the thickness of the wood so you know how wide to cut the slots.

The Carmichael Workshop Tablet Stand

I needed a Laptop Stand that I could knock down and put in a laptop bag.  This is made from 1/2" plywood and is sized to hold my 17.3" laptop.  It's sturdy and has lots of ventilation.  This project can be customized to fit other size laptops.

The Carmichael Workshop Laptop Stand

This Desk Clock made from 1/2" plywood would look great on any desk or mantle.  It uses a 2-3/4" Clock Shoppe Insert.  I really like the simplicity and art deco style of this design.  I suggest buying the clock part before cutting the hole so you can measure for a perfect fit.

The Carmichael Workshop Wooden Clock

The 14-inch Basket is made from 1/4" plywood and would look great as a table centerpiece.  You could also turn it upside down to use as a display stand.  This project can be glued together, as it may come apart easily depending on what you put in it.

The Carmichael Workshop Basket

Who doesn't need a drink tote for a 6-pack of soda or beer?  This project is made from both 1/4" and 1/2" plywood.  I suggest painting or finishing this one since it may get wet.  This would make a great gift with someone's favorite drink.  Speaking of which, I need to put something in mine.

The Carmichael Workshop Beer Tote

This Flashlight Lamp is made from 1/4" plywood and uses a Harbor Freight Flashlight as its light source.  Any flashlight with a 1" diameter should fit.  This design lends itself well for displaying something on the bottom shelf.

The Carmichael Workshop Flashlight Lamp

If you are old like me, you might remember playing with balsa wood airplane kits.  This Biplane will take you back to your childhood.  The fuselage is cut from 1/2" plywood, and the rest of the parts are 1/4" plywood.  It doesn't fly very well, but it looks pretty cool.  Hang it from the ceiling with some string!

A woodworking eBook wouldn't be complete without a shop project.  Make a pair of these Benchtop Sawhorses from 1/2" plywood.  They are great for raising projects off the workbench for clamping or finishing.  Take them apart and store them away when not in use.

The Carmichael Workshop Benchtop Sawhorses

This Hammerhead Shark is 3 feet long and was lots of fun to make and see it come together.  It's made from a pine 1x12, which is .75" thick.  I wanted to do a large animal project, so this is what I came up with.  Since sharks don't have legs, I made a couple of stands to hold it up.  I think it turned out pretty awesome!

The Carmichael Workshop Hammerhead Shark

Thanks for checking out my video and pictures of these projects.  If you have a scroll saw, I hope these projects inspire you to dust it off and make some stuff.  If you need help getting started, here is a link to my 10 Fun Scroll Saw Projects eBook.  Contact me if you have any questions about these projects or how to build them.


  1. Weird, that G+1 mssg box disappeared as I was typing my comment. Top 3? I like the lamp, the clock and the basket would work great for fruit (but not grapes). I also like the sawhorses.

    I was just looking here to see what you've been up to on the 23rd. LOL Timing, huh?

    1. Hey Mick! Good timing. lol Thanks for checking on me. This video took a while.

  2. Hey Steve, what brand and thickness scrollsaw blade are you using in the video?

    1. Hey, I used an Olson 12.5 tpi reverse for the plywood, and a #3 Niqua for the 3/4 pine. Thanks for asking!

  3. I do some scrolling and I must say it was nice to see 3D projects instead of the endless pictures scrollers often make. I think the clock was my favorite, the bowel #2 (cool mid-century look) and #3 the lamp.

    Good job!

  4. In no particular order - basket, lamp stand, tablet holder. I hope to find my scroll saw when we finish moving (don't ask.)


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