Originally Posted by popeyebedford
. . .I always thought a scroll saw was for dry wall ...
I'm sure there are plenty who will correct me on details --
but in an oversimplified - answer --
To differentiate -
I usually use the term Jig Saw to refer to the hand held tool you would use to cut drywall etc. Although these are also referred to as scroll saws and can be used for some of the same close detailed work.
A scroll saw -- to me anyway -- is a stationary tool with the blade held tightly at both ends and the piece moved on a metal bed.
There is a similarity in that they both use a thin reciprocating blade.
With either tool -- scrolling is a form of carving usually in thin stock.
You would then glue that stock onto the lid of your box or some other larger backing piece for the three dimensional look.
Additional effects can then be added using a dremel-like tool or hand tools etc.
And yes- - you can program a computerized box to do all of this for you --
But -- where's the fun in that?