Time to make some changes to the shop. #7: New tools are always a nice change to the shop... Hitachi Scroll Saw!

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 02-07-2014 05:01 PM 3201 reads 0 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yes… I can hear it now because I know what I would say… But I’ll just wait and let you say it ;)

So… I have this friend that I’ve known since Jr High. He has had his own general contracting business and such and is now a maintenance guy for a local state institution. He can do it all. From woodworking to building a house. He is by far the best drywall guy I’ve ever seen. He has it mastered. Fast and looks great with hardly no sanding. He’s just good. Anyhow… Like I said… I’ve known him since Jr. High. He’s done some woodworking for himself and at one time has had a whole shop of tools. Last summer I was at his house and he showed me some of his tools and he had this beautiful Hitachi Scroll Saw on a metal stand just sitting there. He said he never used it. When I was there that day I got a workmate table and lots of woodworking magazines that he didn’t care about.

Well… earlier this week I had posted a comment on Facebook. Some…. (what’s a nice word to say here…. ???)... unknowing group of men said that I “needed” a man because I was single and “just a woman… .and women need men to do the hard stuff”. ROFL…. oh my! This poor group of men also went on to tell me that I didn’t know what to do with the power tools that I had. There was more but that’s for another story. I laughed. And I know what I can and cant do and what I do and don’t need a man for…. (like i ABSOLUTELY need a man to come over an crawl under my house to check things out. There are SPIDERS under there and that is NOT for me. LOL). So there was no need to try and convince or prove myself to them. But it did stem a comment from me that I’m single and I don’t need a man… and somewhere in there I mentioned that I LOVE woodworking and that I dont’ get lonely as long as I can work in my shop. LOL!

That comment spurred my long time friend to call me up. He hadn’t touched the scroll saw since I was there and noticed it was starting to rust. So… he messaged me and told me to come get it!!!! I went and picked it up last night. OH HOW I LOVE IT!!! He laughed and laughed at me. I had forgotten what it looked like and what kind it was. But hey… I am a girl… so when I walked in and saw it I guess I might have jumped up and down a bit and laughed and hugged him and there may have been a huge grin plastered on my face that was from ear to ear. And… I may have text him several times thanking him and telling him how stinkin awesome he was and how much I loved the saw.

Here’s my new baby! It is stinkin awesome!!!!

I took this picture last night. My shop is a mess but I just had to put it together. As you can see, it has a metal stand. Very happy for this. May end up just putting a mobile base right under it. I’m short so the extra height would be fine. It’s a Hitachi Koke 16’ Scroll Saw. It has a handy little light, a blower and dust collection port. It takes 5” pin end or plain end blades. There is a handy little storage compartment on the side of the saw to store extra blades. It came with several different blades. I don’t know enough about them yet to know what kind they are. But I know that the one that is on it is kinda small and has a think kerf. It also cut a piece of 3/4 plywood that I had on hand like it was butter.

Here’s a little more info on the specs of it.

I’m thrilled to have it. Another very good friend of mine does scroll work. I don’t think he does much of anything else other than scrolling. So after I fill my head with some youtube videos and tutorials he’s going to show me some things that he’s learned as well. So excited about this new tool. And this is my weekend where all my kids are gone and I will be spending lots of time in the shop. So I have some other projects to work on and while they glue up I will be playing with my new toy.

I did get some scrap out. I have an older scroll saw that I had passed on to me that I played with a couple of weeks. I guess I printed out one of the patterns they had. It’s from Scrollsaw Workshop. I did fine on the heart itself…. but stopped when it came to cutting the inside puzzle part. HOW DO YOU TURN THAT CURVE? LOL. Also I didn’t cut out the letters yet. I made the starting holes but I didn’t have the manual yet so I didn’t know how to release the blade. I downloaded the manual today and have been reading it.

Here’s my heart. Not too bad for my first pattern.

Well… gotta get some more reading done on the manual and some youtube videos. As soon as school gets out and the kids are delivered…. It’s SAWDUST TIME!

Hope you guys have a great weekend and I’m sooooo very glad that LJ’s is back running good again. :)

Oh… and by the way. Don’t want to come off as one of those women who thinks they can do anything a man can do. I certainly don’t think that at all. And I definitely love men! LOL! And while I would like to have one in my life… I’m patiently waiting for the RIGHT one to come along. And… he has got to be ok with my desire and need to do woodworking. Oh… and he has to handle ALL spider related issues :) That’s a must! Just sayin… I do believe that “in general” men are better suited to do certain things. Woodworking… it’s a case by case basis :) I definitely know a lot more men that do it that I admire their abilities than I do women. The ONLY women I know are on here.

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#1 posted 02-07-2014 05:17 PM

Glad for you to be Sooooooooo fortunate. Eye hand in general, usually women excel. Srength and gross motor stuff. Men. But who cares!

You got harassed because you are a woman. But I’m guessing some positive stuff happens as well?

Maybe you should make some upscale piece and give it as a thank you?

The only thing better would be a 20 inch scroll saw! LOL!

How’s the walkway between the house and shop? :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 02-07-2014 05:22 PM


Maybe you should take a picture of you after coming in from working in the shop and make it your avatar? Sexist comments might drop a bit? :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 02-07-2014 05:27 PM

Angie, another great addition to your shop. I have an older model and have not used it for much though I know they can be quite addicting. Good Luck with it and look forward to seeing the projects that are posted at the end of the weekend :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 02-07-2014 05:28 PM


-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 02-07-2014 05:39 PM

When you figure out the puzzle of how to saw the sharp corners in the puzzle, let us know. I’m curious how to do it also. My best guess is to use a very fine drill bit, the same thickness as the kerf of the saw blade, and make a series of holes to carve out a slot into which you can slide the blade.

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 05:43 PM

Angie, About the guys that say you need a man? Read the quote below…

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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#7 posted 02-07-2014 05:51 PM

Good score on the saw,,,,,,,,now quite acting like some giddy girl and get to making stuff ! LOL. Noticed you are in southern Indy, I grew up in your neck of the woods, live in PA now.
Look forward to seeing some projects.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#8 posted 02-07-2014 05:53 PM

I don’t have a scroll saw, but I think you can get a blade that is thin and round so you can make the 90 degree cuts. maybe look on line for scroll blades.

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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#9 posted 02-07-2014 06:09 PM

Angie , send a PM to Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) I am sure she could help youi out. Just look at the stuff she does with a Scroll Saw.

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#10 posted 02-07-2014 06:15 PM

A scroll saw was the spark that got me into woodworking as an adult to begin with. I have a special place in my woodworking heart for the scroll saw, even though I don’t use it very often anymore. You have a great piece of equipment there, have fun! Good blades are a must, for any saw, to get best results. You have already found Steve Good at the scrollsaw workshop. He won’t steer you wrong.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#11 posted 02-07-2014 06:36 PM

What a great post. Hope you enjoy your new toy!

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#12 posted 02-07-2014 06:50 PM

Congratulations! Wonderful post. Sheila is really good at the scroll saw. The “classes” tab at the top of LJ has lots of instruction by her.

Much success with your new tool!

By the way, some men (I won’t mention who) do not mess with spiders either.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 02-07-2014 07:14 PM

Check out Mustache Mike on Stumpynubbs website. excellent videos and maybe you can email him? His way of educating is for everyone!

shelia is always helpful and it’s full time for many years now!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 02-07-2014 07:31 PM

Congratulations on your new tool. I’m not big into scrollsaw projects. I can appreciate the cathedral that is cut with the scroll saw, but I’d never want to make one.

But, I’ve done a lot of scroll saw work on making name puzzles that I sold years ago. They are lots of fun.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 02-07-2014 07:52 PM

Hey cool scroll saw. Can’t wait to see some projects from it. Enjoy the weekend and ignore those who interfere with your life.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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