A Framed Scroll Saw Portrait – Mother’s Day 2015

Making a framed scroll saw portrait for Mother’s Day.

I made a portrait of our 20 month old son. He gave it to his mother on Mother’s Day. For the portrait itself I used beech plywood and I stained another sheet black as background. For the frame I used laminated beech and stained it dark brown.

First I transfered the scroll saw pattern which was printed with a laser printer to the beech plywood using acetone. Some areas were not that clear so I had to correct them by hand with a pencil.

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A black stained sheet of plywood was great for the background.

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After drilling many holes, I sawed the portrait with my scroll saw.


I used a board of laminated wood to create a beveled frame.

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To give it a little more contrast I stained the frame to dark brown.

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After a layer of spray laquer an a light wet sanding with 1000 grid I applied another very light coat and let it dry.

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I used a washer to create a mount for the portrait.

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In the end I am very happy how it turned out. And my girlfriend was happy too.


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