ScrollSaw Information and Resources #17: ScrollSaw Accessories ?????

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 10-22-2011 07:43 PM 1621 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So as Christmas is just around the corner the family has askled what TOOLS I want for Christmas. Well being a scrollsawer and loving to do smaller and smaller work I am looking for suggestions on new tool toys. To go with my scrollsaw I have a complete Dremel set up and that works well. As well I have a big router table, table saw and most all the hand tools. IT would seem to me that there would be a selection of small power tools for the scrollsawer. Like a mini-band saw, mini drill press and so on. What are your suggestions. What do you scrollsawers have as you best tool besides the scrollsaw itself.

Thanks for your answers.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 09:24 PM

In my case the question is what don’t I have !!!! You mentioned having a dremel set, do you have the plunge router base? it is real handy for drilling holes in larger fretwork projects, one’s that can’t be done on a regular drill press table. A bench mounted drill press is a must or any drill press for that matter. Sanders, can’t have enough of them, I keep one with 120 on it and another with 220 on it, along with a ROS, handy at my sanding table. Blades, suggest someone order you a gross or two of your favorite blades. Wood, gotta have wood too! As far as a bandsaw goes, you need to think about future uses, such as resawing wood, and I doubt if a smaller benchtop one would suit that need. A planer and jointer are always nice to have, (wish I had a jointer) but my planer does get a good bit of use. I make frames for some of my projects so my Dewalt miter saw comes in handy. to me the most needed would be a drill press and good sanders. Hope this helps.


-- Greg S.E. Ga.

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 10:42 PM

What I would like to have is a good blade storage system for the scroll saw. Would need to hold at least a dozen different sizes, and a gross of each size. Needs to be compact, easy to get to, and out of the way of the saw. No I haven’t seen one as yet.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#3 posted 10-23-2011 04:57 AM

These are what I use for blade storage tubes I ordered a dz. last year. They are good and thick and I like the screw off top. They will hold a gross or more. I have a workbench right next to my saw so I just took a piece of 1×3 and drilled enough holes in it for them and mounted it using some angle brackets. Works great for me.

-- Greg S.E. Ga.

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 07:00 AM

I have the ‘test tubes’ from Sloans. I get my blades from Mike (the Flying Dutchman blades). He includes a nice lable in each pack. I roll the label a bit, put it and the blades in the tube. I keep the tubes in one of those plastic craft/organizer boxes. It has about 8 or 10 divided sections and each section holds three tubes. When I’m doing projects I keep a couple of diffent sized blades in their tubes in a block of wood with a bunch of holes. The tubes fit in them, small plier handles, pencil, and a tiny screwdriver I use to enlarge drill holes sometimes. I have a rectangular piece of wood with a strip of magnet going accross the middle. On the top are the numbers 1,2,3,5,7. Any blades that have been partially used go there when I switch blade sizes. I like to keep used blades seperate from new.

As for a tool suggestion: I love the Dremel Multi max and the Dremel stand that holds a dremel with a flexi-shaft and another dremel you can use as a mini-drill press.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 10-23-2011 11:01 AM

Can one ever have enough clamps???


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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David Craig

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#6 posted 10-23-2011 04:06 PM

Not sure about the family budget but if people wanted to go in together, you might want to look at an oscillating belt/spindle sander. I find mine pretty valuable for flattening some small pieces and sanding round shapes that come off the bandsaw/scrollsaw.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#7 posted 10-23-2011 10:02 PM

I don’t know what I did before I got my spindle sander, so that should make the list. I like getting supplies, sand paper, blades, sanding drums, paint brushes….for Christmas. I give my in-laws a list of things I like and I don’t have to go shopping for a while.

I have a 10” band saw (About as mini as they come) I use it alot. although if I had the room, I’d get a bigger one (I would love to do band saw boxes and just don’t have the power)

as for drill presses, I have a bench top version. The throat depth is important when working on fret projects. Mine has a throat depth of about 4”, so I can just hit the middle of a 8” wide project (think 8×10 cutting) but I can’t use it to get the middle of a 11×14. they make things that keep a drill bit straight that can drill the middle of a project. I think one is called a scroller’s drill and is usually advertised in the scrolling magazines.

Speaking of magazines, do you have subscriptions? that makes a good gift all year long.

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