Shop Made lift for Dewalt Scroll Saw

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Project by Jorge Velez posted 10-13-2012 08:56 PM 4575 views 7 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Folk’s,

The DeWalt scroll saw is an excellent, and fun, tool. The only thing that isn’t fun about it is keep the arm up while trying to feed a blade through a hole in a piece of wood. The solution to accomplish is with a block of wood, but it’s not very eficiente when your project has lots of holes for details

I had heard about a product called the EZ-Lift Arm. It’s not for sale locally, and I had to order from USA or CA, so I decided to made my own. It took some time to get the spring adjusted properly since I purchase a larger one, so I had to cut and preform the cut end few times, but the springs are not easy to preform once cut. The arm doesn’t lift by itself, but it stays in place once you lift it up.

I used an aluminum bar and follow Steve Good’s video on the original product to gime me an idea of the instalation process, I took the measures directly from my scroll saw for the screws holes on the aluminum bar suport, once I shape rouded so it’s more stetic and avoid sharp ends, I also painted yellow and black following the scroll saw design so it match colors.

I’m new to this hobby and been practicing lots of small projects only on MDF so I get experience on cuts. here is the post of my scroll saw play station.

thks for looking

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 05:47 PM

Well, I for one like Jorge’s. It was a good idea and well executed. I don’t know anything about Bigfoot Products, but I like to see a guy come up with his own designs like Jorge did!

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 05:49 PM

I did something a little different for mine. I cut a strip of oak about 3/8” thick by 1” wide, about 15” long. Drilled 2 number 7 drill holes on the back of the arm support on the saw and tapped them with a 1/4 -20 nc tap. The holes are not real deep as that would interfere with the operation of the arm. Bolted the oak strip to the saw so that the arm reaches upward at an angle of about 40 or so degrees. Then added a small pulley to the end. I also added a small pulley to the motor housing by using a plastic wire tie around the housing.
I added a non-insulated eye (mine has a set screw in it) on the screw that your arm attaches to by the head. I then ran a piece of nylon rope from that eye, to the pulley on the oak strip, then the pulley on the motor, down to a pedal I added to the stand. Now when I change blades, I hold the head up with my foot pedal and have both hands free to guide the blade. I think I saw something similar somewhere & decided it looked like a good idea. This works pretty well for me because I bought the open stand with the saw. It wouldn’t work to well with you enclosed cabinet, which BTW is really sweet. I added a piece of MDF to mine with holes and plastic tubes glued in it for my spare blades.

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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