How to glue a pattern for a scroll saw | Best Ways

Scroll saws are a great tool for woodworkers and hobbyists who want to create their own projects. But if you’re new to scrolling, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why I created this guide on how to glue a pattern for a scroll saw.

I cover everything from the different types of patterns available and how they work, all the way to gluing them onto your project piece. Whether you’re looking for an easy beginner project or something more advanced, our guide will help you get started with confidence!

What do you need?

In order to glue a pattern for a scroll saw, you’ll need the following items:

  • A pattern to be glued
  • A scroll saw
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Sandpaper (optional)

How do you do it?

1. Print out the desired pattern and cut it out of cardboard or some other sturdy material.

2. Spread a thin layer of wood glue on the back of the pattern.

3. Place the pattern on the wood you want to cut and secure it in place with clamps.

4. Let the glue dry completely (this may take a few hours).

5. Use a scroll saw to cut out the desired shape.

6. Sand down any rough edges with sandpaper (optional).

That’s all there is to it! By following these simple steps, you can easily glue a pattern for a scroll saw.

The Pattern

The pattern you choose to use is very important. It will determine the overall look of your project. You can find many patterns online or in books and magazines. When you find a pattern you like, print it out on standard printer paper.

If you’re using a purchased pattern, be sure to check the sizing. Some patterns are designed for a specific size project. If the pattern is too large or small, you’ll need to resize it.

To resize the pattern, first, measure the width and height of your project’s working area. Then, using a graphic editor like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, resize the pattern to match your project’s dimensions.

Gluing the pattern to the wood

1. Cut a piece of wood that is the same size as your scroll saw pattern.

2. Apply wood glue to the backside of the pattern.

3. Place the pattern on top of the wood and press down firmly.

4. Use a clap or two to help hold the pattern in place while the glue dries.

5. Let the glue dry completely before cutting out your project.

That’s it! You’re now ready to start scrolling away. Be sure to use a sharp blade and practice some patience, and you’ll be able to create beautiful pieces in no time. 

Cutting the wood

To start off, you will need to cut the wood to the desired size. You can use a hand saw or a scroll saw to do this. If you are using a hand saw, make sure to use a straight edge to ensure that your cuts are even. Once you have the wood cut to size, you will need to drill a hole in the middle of it. The hole should be big enough for the saw blade to fit through.

Next, you will need to glue the pattern to the wood. Make sure that the pattern is facing the right way before you glue it down. Once the glue has dried, you can start cutting out the pattern with the scroll saw. Be very careful not to cut through the pattern.

Safety Precautions

When working with a scroll saw, it is important to take precautions to ensure your safety. Here are some tips:

1. Always wear safety goggles when using a scroll saw.

2. Do not reach over the blade while the saw is running.

3. Keep your hands and fingers away from the blade at all times.

4. Do not try to lift the saw while it is running.

5. Make sure the blade is securely fastened before starting the saw.

6. Do not leave the saw running unattended.

7. Shut off the saw and unplug it when you are finished using it.

Finishing the project

Once you have finished cutting out the pattern, you will need to sand down the edges of the wood. You can use a hand saw or a power drill to do this.

Finally, you can apply a coat of paint or varnish to the wood to protect it from the elements.


I hope that this blog post has helped you to understand the process of gluing a pattern for your scroll saw. It is important to take your time and be precise when following these steps, in order to create a beautiful and accurate finished product. Happy scrolling!