Beginner Scroll Saw Stand

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Project by Jason™ posted 10-25-2012 10:00 PM 11922 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A very basic design that I found in the October 1996 Wood Magazine issue #91. I am short on space here in my basement of our townhouse. I needed a dedicated stand for my Craftsman Scroll Saw that I purchased a few months ago at my local sears. Got this for $65 bucks and some change, it was a floor model and they were clearing out all there old models to bring in the new ones. I really thought this would be nice to do small projects with but have not really made any significant projects worth writing home about yet. I did not incorporate the dowels that were to be used for more holding power for the screws to drive into. Instead I drove some 4” screws into the cross supports at about 15° along with glue for the build. The stand was made with tubafores as (Stumps) would say, Pine not Fur and a very cheap piece of 1/2” sheating grade for the top. I did however add feet to this which made it more stable on my concrete floors that are anything but level. I purchased some really nice 5/16” rubber mat from my local surplus store they have on a spool 8’ wide that is like $2 and some change a foot. I cut a piece for in between the saw and the top to help dampen the noise and also vibration. This made a substantial difference to how this little hundred dollar level scroll saw performs as far as vibration compared to just sitting on a workbench not bolted down at all. Also added this to the feet which really helped out even more with my concrete basement floor.

Been quite awhile since I have posted anything on here of interest other than boring questions but let me tell everyone out there who has left there input on my questions that I am really grateful to have the support out there when I need it. Just wish I lived closer to some of these guys.

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 10:14 PM

Nice job Jason. Glad you took the time to put a finish on it. Love the Wood Mag plans. You should really look into the on line class in scrolling by Scrollgirl, Sheila Landry. You will learn a lot from Sheila and besides the classes she has some great designs for beginners to advanced. You can take it t your own pace whenever you have time,and its FREE. Keep it up you’re doing we’ll.


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#2 posted 10-25-2012 10:49 PM

Thanks for the comments Ken!! Yeah I have seen Shelia’s site and some of here projects/posts/etc… I really like her projects that she does. I really don’t know how to put this but I really am not interested in doin scroll work of that type. I did however see a bowl that another lumberjock made and I found the book on scroll saw bowls. Kinda like to try that sometime but not really that interested in scroll work that much yet or maybe its just that I have not seen anything I would like to try yet.

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#3 posted 10-25-2012 11:43 PM

I’ve seen bowls like that and I bet they would be fun to do. Try one out and post it. Would like to see the process.


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#4 posted 10-25-2012 11:55 PM

Verry Nice stand
to help dampen the vibration on my C-man saw I built a sad box that I mounted my saw on, It really helps

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#5 posted 10-26-2012 02:03 AM

Jason, Looks like it should do the job well. I like the look of the finish.
I hear ya on the scroll saw projects, I have had a saw for maybe close to a year now and have used it for some of my puzzles but really can not get into the intricate type stuff. Some of the folks on here do some really nice stuff really love the portraits just seems to much for me. Keep looking maybe you will find something you like. My lathe is my biggest addicted tool.


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

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#6 posted 10-26-2012 03:26 AM

Rkevins – Yeah my saw is 10 times smoother with less vibration compared to just sitting on a bench. I googled a “sadbox” and I don’t see what this could be you are talking about?

Clieb – Thanks for the comment! You understood my comment on doing fret work on the scroll saw. I don’t feel like I have the patience or even a comfortable stool to sit on and try to do all those interior cuts. A lathe is definetely on my list of things I have been looking for lately. I took Industrial Manufacturing in High School my senior year as an elective to my main course of computer repair. I got to run a metal lathe along with a mill but never really got to run that very much. The metal lathe however was really neat to use and im sure a wood lathe would be really addictive to have considering I have very limited experience with running one back in highschool. Compared to using a table saw, router, or any other woodworking equipment that I own. I have only been using for like 4 or 5 months or so now. I bought my TS about 2 weeks prior to making my first project which was the mallet that I posted on here. This hobby is very new to me and im really interested in pursuing this a lifetime hobby. When I think back a few extra months to this past Christmas and earlier I was searching the internet for video game information and riding my dirtbike was my main interest. Then in like march or april I stumbled upon a WWMM video that caught my eye and that was what lit the interest into trying my hand at woodworking. Over these past months I think that I have really aquired quite a bit of tools compared to what I had last year at this time. Probably a hammer, 2 screw drivers, pliers, and DUCT TAPE…:)!! Now I have a crammed full basement of woodworking stuff that I fiddle around every chance I get when not working. I need a part time job with double pay!
So one day if I actually make something really nice and actually get paid to build something at least I will have a unique story to go along with my newfound interest!

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#7 posted 10-26-2012 11:55 AM

I think rkevins meant “sand box.” Just a tray to flop one or two intact play sand bags into to add weight.


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#8 posted 10-26-2012 12:05 PM

Very nice stand. I made from the same plans. I really should post it. Yours looks great. I use an old task chair to sit on to my scrolling. It has wheels on it so I can zip around my shop for wood and stuff. Very comfortable too. The only mistake I made was not taking into consideration the height I wanted it. I had it all completed with the top on. Sat down to screw things together and realized it was too tall. It was an easy fix to remove some wood on the legs though.

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#9 posted 10-26-2012 01:11 PM

You did a nice job on the stand. The only thing I can see that you might want, is to elevate the rear so the saw is tilted. If you do any very lenghty cutting, you will enjoy it that way.

-- Kepy

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#10 posted 10-26-2012 04:19 PM

That makes sense now sand bags. Don’t really need to add those though, yet anyway.

I never thought to drop the front or a bit to put the saw at a slight angle towards me!! Who knows I might chop the front leg support down one day. Could really picture how that would make using more comfortable.

I been working on the “Double Duty Step Stool” here recently. Can barely be seen leaning up against the white metal cabinet in the second picture. That way I will be able to sit and use the saw when I need to again not to sit and do all those crazy time consuming interior cuts though. But who knows one day I might reconsider by actually finding a picture or a project that someone else has done that really attracts my attention. Like a Panther or a wild looking dragon type picture.

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#11 posted 12-26-2013 09:12 PM

Very nice Jason. I am just starting woodworking at age 65 and I was given a 16” craftsman scroll saw. I also have very limited space in my man cave to set up my shop and I need a stand for the scroll saw. Yours looks like the ticket! I’ll post a pic when I get it done and I might be messaging you a few questions. ;)
Waco, TX

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