Woodworking and Scroll Saw projects and plans for everything from Engines to Toys.
Note: Plans are provided as a downloadable PDF files. Whenever possible my plans are designed to be attached directly to the material you are working on.
Scroll Saw Nutcracker
by James Eckert
I have always wanted to make a Scroll Saw Nut Cracker and here it is.
This is a compound scrolling project where you cut several parts and assemble them into something wonderful.
I highly recommend this project for anyone who likes 3D scroll projects and Nutcrackers.
Pattern for Capacitance Touch Pad for the MPR121 Capacitive Touch Sensor Module. This pattern is provided as and does not contain instruction on making the touch pad. See Linked video for how I made it.
This scroll saw project is a wooden whistle designed in the style of a steam whistle. It is a fairly quick and satisfying project that uses simple angled cuts to achieve complex results. Of course the whistle is not intended for use with steam.
The Bull's Head is a quick fun scroll saw plan that can be made start to finish in just a couple of hours. Plans have a full size version just under 31 inches wide perfect for hanging on a wall or over a door,and a small version 4.5 inches wide perfect for a refrigerator magnet or toy barn.
by James Eckert
Platform for kinetic energy conversion and experimentation.This Gravity Light project is very challenging.The focus of the 26 page plan is the gearbox and alternator. Primary Tools:Scroll Saw ,Drill Press
This Compound Scrolling plan produces a fine Cash Register. It is sized to work with many children's small doll play sets and is quick to make. Finished item is about 1 1/4". Primary Tools: Scroll Saw, Drill
Plans for a compressed air bottle boat intended for testing of air engines. This 14 page set of Scoll Saw plans include Boat Platform, Air Hookup and Air Mount, 2 Props, Prop/Rudder Assembly, Cardan shaft/Universal Joint, Mount for Pentabello engine.Engine Plans sold separately Primary Tools:Scroll Saw, Drill Press
The Rubber Band Loom Zombie Shooter is fun Slingshot and Target Scroll Saw project for whole family. Of course you will need someone to make the rubber band parts.Warning Eye Injury Risk! Never Shoot people or pets with Zombie Shooter(Slingshot).
This Christmas themed coffee cup Stirling Engine is whimsical and fun to build. Less skill is required to build this engine than most of my other engines.To make it without rescaling the plans requires a Coffee Mug with straight sides and top inner diameter of about 3". Primary Tools:Scroll Saw, Drill Press
Toy Hospital Set 3, Table, Defibrillator, Stand and tools This plan set makes a Hospital Table that fits with the Bed in plan set 1 and the Wheel Chair in plan set 2. It also has plans for a Defibrillator, IV Stand, Reflex Hammer and Scalpel.It is quick and fun scroll saw project that is sure to amuse. Primary Tools:Scroll Saw,Drill
Toy Hospital Set 2, Wheelchair and Crutches This plan makes a small Wheelchair and Crutches that is sized nicely to fit smaller stuffed animals. It is quick and fun scroll saw project that is sure to amuse. Wheelchair is about L9" x W6" x H8". Primary Tools:Scroll Saw,Drill
Toy Hospital Set 1, Hospital Bed and Accessories This plan makes a small bed that is sized nicely to fit smaller stuffed animals. It is quick and fun scroll saw project that is sure to amuse. Finished Bed is 11 3/4" x 6 1/2" and breaks down nicely for storage. Note: plan does not include mattress pattern. Primary Tools:Scroll Saw,Drill
This small pneumatic engine is built on the piston valve design most of my other air engine use only smaller sharing a piston diameter with the Mini V8. Because of the radial configuration it is easier to build then the V8 but still difficult compared to the larger engines.
This Free Scroll Saw pattern is my 2nd Wooden Cross design that hangs on the wall, enjoy. Primary Tools:Scroll Saw, Drill Press
Nine Nail Electric Motor
by James Eckert
These plans are for my adaptation of a strange electric motor. I came across a drawing and explanation of one in a 1940s magazine. Inspired by that, I had to design and make my own. Warning Electromagnet gets hot after a few minutes of run time! Primary Tools:Scroll Saw ,Drill Press
Beer Bottle 2 Stirling Engine. In this design I merged several proven techniques from earlier designs with some new approaches. The main ones are a wooden support structure, wood air channels and bellows drive system. Primary Tools:Scroll Saw, Drill Press , Bottle Cutter
This fun set was inspired by my 3d lighthouse plan. These compound scrolling plans are only the chess pieces not the chess board. The king and queen require a small amount shaping with a carving knife or rotary tool to achieve what is seen in the pictures. Primary Tools:Scroll Saw, Drill Press
Plans include patterns for both compound scrolling on a scroll saw and a larger plan for a band saw. Scroll saw giraffe is about 3" tall, band saw version is 6 3/4" tall. A small amount shaping with a carving knife or rotary tool is needed to achieve what is seen in the pictures. Primary Tools: Scroll Saw, Band Saw, Drill Press
Apparatus for growing climbing or pole beans on a deck, patio or balcony. This is a great way to grow climbing beans on your deck. The wind can't blow it over, it's away from pests and you get a lot more beans then a bush type would yield. Primary Tools: Scroll Saw, Drill
This is a simple and fun summer project that makes use of a pine cones natural tendency to close when wet and open when dry. Everyone will asking what in the world is that. For entertainment purposes only. Primary Tools: Scroll Saw, Drill
The Inline 4 Cylinder Pneumatic Engine. These plans use the same Piston-Valve design as my Radial air Engine in a different layout. The inline 4 could be doubled for a V8 configuration. Primary Tools: Band Saw, Scroll Saw, Drill Press
A quick and easy project that helps keep track of your tools, what more could you want. Primary Tools: Scroll Saw, Drill
by James Eckert
This lighthouse is one of my personal favorites. Make the top by itself and its a toy to use with a children's block set, make more than one or kids fight over it. Plans include 1 1/2", 1" and block top version. Primary Tools: Scroll Saw, Drill Press
Radial Pneumatic Engine that runs on pressure, vacuum or both. These are the plans for the model engine in my YouTube Video "Rotary Air Engine" or "The Simplified Pneumatic Engine and Power System". Primary Tools: Band Saw, Scroll Saw, Drill Press
This balance scale is interesting scroll saw project, which is both pleasing to the eye and functional. Originally built to help with a Stirling engine project, my daughter and I had fun comparing the weight of things from around the house. Primary Tools: Scroll Saw, Drill Press
These Stirling engine plans go along with the 7 part video series on YouTube by James Eckert, Making a Stirling Engine. The plans were developed in lock step with the videos. The intent was to come up with a simple yet interesting to watch Stirling engine made with readily available parts. Now includes custom candle stand. Primary Tools:Scroll Saw, Drill Press , Bottle Cutter
The Wooden Flute is a quick Scroll Saw project that really works. It is a blend of my whistle design and a recorder. Plans include 2 versions, one smaller that matches what is depicted in my YouTube Video and one that will closely match a soprano recorder. Primary Tools:Scroll Saw, Clamps ,Drill Press