New (to me) Scroll Saw

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Blog entry by lab7654 posted 07-16-2012 04:31 AM 6212 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I was sitting around in my cabin garage, shooting breeze with the contractor that we use up there. He is also a custom cabinet maker on the side, so we have a decent amount in common to talk about. He mentioned that he had a Craftsman scroll saw laying around that he hardly uses, and paid about $180 for. I asked if he would consider getting rid of it, and he said $50 and it was mine. Done deal. I figured that it would be in good shape, given that I know and trust this guy pretty well. This weekend when the family was back up there, he brought it over. My initial impression was that it was older than what I expected when he said he hadn’t used it much since he bought it. But hell, with the beating that Craftsman gets on the forums these days, it’s probably better to have one with age. It is a pretty nice saw: all metal, variable speed, tilting table, and air hose. The air supply is a little weak, so I suspect either a cracked hose or air bag. One thing that seems odd to me is that the variable speed knob is also the power switch, which gets pulled up to turn the machine on. This is my first scroll saw, so this might just be new to me.

Overall I’m happy with the deal. What do you guys think of it?

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 04:35 AM

Woot… new tool and you got it at a great price!

-- Michael and Matthew

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 10:27 AM

Great price. The push-pull knob allows an easy way to turn it off in a hurry, just slap the switch.

All in all a great buy. Enjoy it, but a word of warning; them things is addicting!


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 12:00 PM

As mentioned, scrolling is very addictive and as you progress, you will want better saws so can also get expensive.

-- Kepy

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 12:27 PM

I just think you are going to love it. I just happen to purchase one about three years ago, Now I am on my second, and much better (DeWalt), scrollsaw. Practice lots and have fun.

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

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 07:07 PM

Thanks for the comments. I can see myself becoming addicted to the saw, and intarsia looks like a good thing to get into. I had never considered taking the plunge on one of these, but now that I have one I might as well get into it!

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 07:21 PM

Sheila has a great new Blog with Video tuition.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 08-21-2012 02:34 PM

I’ve used that scroll saw before, and I thought it was really cheap. But for you, I imagine it works for you.

Here’s my dremel 16’ scroll saw,


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