How to Cut Letters Using a Scroll Saw + Video

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Easy Tutorial on How to Cut Letters Using a Scroll Saw #3MDIY #3MPartner

Something we have never shared on Sew Woodsy before is Jon’s love for cutting letters using his scroll saw. This is a hobby of sorts and we typically give these out as gifts for friends and family who are expecting babies. We also get request from friends and family to make letters and signs. We have been putting off making the letters for Ryder’s nursery for months now. We both couldn’t agree on the font of the letters. Something so small yet so important. After we went through hundreds of fonts we finally decided on a block style font; Impact.

Before Jon started his project, he gathered all of his safety equipment. This is something that he does before starting any project. Here is the supply list for this project:

Cricut Design Space Name Screen Shot

First up, using my Cricut Explore, I cut out letters as a place holder. To ensure that the letters were the same size I made sure that the length of each letter was the same at 14-inches. Don’t worry about if they are overlapping–the Cricut is smart enough to space them out. Most likely you will be cutting each letter on a separate sheet of paper. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine, no biggie. Just tile the letters, cut them out by hand and then trace them.

how to cut letters on the scroll saw Once the letters were cut out we placed them on the wall how we wanted them to be displayed. (Yes, that’s Ryder in the crib–hanging out while we decided on the letters of his name).

how to cut letters on the scroll sawJon laid out all the letters on the wood. He used 1×8 scrap wood that we happened to have on hand.

how to cut letters on the scroll sawUsing a pencil he simply traced around the letters.

how to cut letters on the scroll sawHe placed his safety equipment on and carefully began cutting out the letters.

How to Cut Letters Using a Scroll Saw
Using a drill, he drills a hole where he needs to cut in the middle of the wood.

How to Cut Letters Using a Scroll Saw
He carefully removes the blade from the scrolls saw (make sure to always unplug the saw before removing the blade), places the drilled hole over where the blade will sit and then he replaces the blade back in the scroll saw. He turns it on and carefully begins cutting out the middle of the letters.

how to cut letters on the scroll sawThis is what it looks like prior to the holes being cut out for the letters.

how to cut letters on the scroll saw

Jon placed a 150 grit drum sander on his drill press to sand the sides of the letters. If you don’t have a drill press with drum sander you can simply use a sander or manually sand the edges. (Not pictured) After he sanded the sides, he sanded the top and tight areas of the letters with 3M™ SandBlaster™ Pro Advanced Sand Paper NO-SLIP GRIP™ 220 grit to prep it for painting.

How to Cut Letters Using a Scroll Saw

Lastly, before painting Jon used his router and key hole bit to create key holes to hang the letters. If you don’t have these tools, no biggies. You can use Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape. This is the easy way to go and in hind sight we wish we would have done this instead.

How to Cut Letters Using a Scroll Saw

Place the drop cloth down and paint the letters. We like to use the HomeRight® Finish Max paint sprayer. It gives a nice clean finish to the letters; however, if you don’t have a paint sprayer–just do it the old fashion way with a brush or roller.

how to cut letters on the scroll sawOnce the letters are dry, it’s time to hang them. Jon placed the first letter on the wall and then measured out the rest of the letters.

how to cut letters on the scroll saw

This is what the key holes look like. how to cut letters on the scroll sawJon placed the last letter on the wall and easy as that in an afternoon the letters for Ryder’s name was finally done!

how to cut letters on the scroll sawI’m so happy with how they turned out!

how to cut letters on the scroll sawThis gives a glimpse on how it looks in the nursery.

how to cut letters on the scroll sawIf you own a scroll saw or ever wanted to cut out your own letters we hope this gives you a little insight on how easy it is to do. Just make sure you wear the proper safety equipment and always be careful and safe when operating tools.

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Comments

  1. Love this project! I can’t believe that my hubby who has so many tool in his workshop doesn’t have a scroll saw. I’m going to put a bug in his ear that it’s something that he must have. I’d love to make a large MMS (Monelison Middle School) to hang in my classroom. I’m switching rooms this year and it’s the perfect chance to redecorate.

    • Paula–A scroll saw is definitely a luxury item. If you have a jigsaw it can work too–the only difference is that you have to hold the tool and wood vs the scroll saw where you just hold the wood to the saw.

  2. Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Looking great! Heyyyy… I recognize that octopus! 🙂

  4. love this custom project! What great tools Jon has! I do not have a scroll saw OR a drill press. 🙁

    love the RYDER letters!

    gail

    • Thanks Gail. We love making custom letters and signs. If you have a jigsaw you could also do it with that. You don’t need the drill press although it helps!

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