Scroll sawing #1: Ordering a New Saw

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Blog entry by swamps42 posted 06-05-2011 04:29 AM 1274 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did it today. I went into Woodcraft, I admired the floor models of scroll saws, and then I bit the bullet. I ordered the 21” Excalibur. I should arrive Friday. I took out a loan from my best friend so I could buy the saw now, instead of in 6 months. This way I’ll be able to start using it now and have a HUGE stock of yarn bowls and ornaments for the holiday sales I’m a part of.

Guy pal, who I borrowed the money from, was really sure I should get the Dewalt and save 300 bucks or so, but I just couldn’t spend that much money on a saw that wasn’t quite perfect and potentially have to upgrade yet again. I upgraded my sewing machine so many times until I had the one I wanted. It would have been WAY cheaper if I’d bought the 1000 dollar sewing machine first and not all the little cheaper machines along the way. Heck, I probably spent well over a grand on lesser machines and their repairs!

I got the scroll saw with the stand too! I’m so excited. I’ve been very frustrated with my old scroll saw lately. The pin end blades and the table that cuts at 90o when the table is positioned at 4o makes me nuts. I am going to sell my old beginner saw (because really it was a good saw for the first 2 years until I got too good for it) and my treadmill to help pay for the Excalibur.

Geez I can’t wait for it to arrive! What should I cut first? I’m off to daydream about cutting with my new saw during supper. Guy pal is also taking me to Outback because He’s “hungry and we have a coupon for free appetizers.” Guy pal is awesome. Someday I hope to meet such a generous, creative, and intelligent guy who’s single AND think’s I’m adorable, snuggly, and the kind of brilliant woman he wants for a wife. Guy pal and I dated years ago. It wasn’t good. He’s a great friend and a horrid boyfriend. Oh well. I GET STEAK AND A SCROLL SAW TODAY! It really can’t get better than that. I mean, if the saw showed up today instead of waiting for it to ship that would be cool, but this way I have plenty of time to glue patterns to boards in preparation!

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 08:24 PM


Congratulations on your new scrollsaw.

I know you can’t wait for it to arrive next Friday.

I look forward to seeing your new projects.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 08:33 PM

congrat┬┤┬┤s has to wait to the arivel …. LOL
that was very generous of him to help you :-)
and you wont regret the excalibur just ask Scolgirl Sheila :-)
she also made a very good rewiew on it as well as in her blog talking back and forth about
to get this saw and after it arived in her shop if you have any question about it and scrollsawing
she is the one to ask
goodluck with your new saw but I hope you still continue working on the lathe


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#3 posted 06-06-2011 02:41 AM

Wonderful! Thanks for the link. I’ve been scrolling for a few years and am REALLY looking forward to the chance to use a real saw.

Guy pal is really wonderful to loan me the money too. I don’t have any credit cards or anything. I was disabled in 06 and lost my house I was renting in 09. I’m a very financially responsible person. Even though I was disabled at 22, I’d managed to save and scrimp enough to stay in my home for 3 years of unemployment. He knows this and often teases me about how I’m such a frugal pain in the butt. He was deadset that I get the less expensive Dewalt, but he caved when I said, “Fine, let’s go. I’m not going to waste nearly 600 bucks on a saw that’s close to perfect and I’ll have to upgrade again in a year or two. It’s not that it’s 300 extra to get the saw I want, but that it’s an extra 600 to get the bad saw first and come back and get the good saw later.” I can be talked down to lesser, more responsible models on almost everything, except for tools I use daily, like my scroll saw, my sewing machine, my vacuum and my iron. Though really the iron was pretty reasonably priced under 200 bucks.

I also appreciate the link. I’ll go check out what she’s had to say about her experiences with the Excalibur.

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 11:30 PM

tjeck out Wiliams blogs too he makes some encridible work on scrollsaw too
usely you will see it as ramblings around the coffeepot :-)
an amazing peice he made resently was the secretairtable

good luck with the saw

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 11:36 PM

You wont be sorry for buying that saw. I was torn a few years ago between that saw and an rbi hawk. A good deal came up and I jumped on the rbi. But I did not get a steak with mine ! Enjoy JB

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#6 posted 06-08-2011 12:27 AM

Bummer. That steak was GOOD too. It was still bloody enough to make the mashed potatoes pink. Mmm. Every new tool should come with a steak. That just made for a REALLY good day.

Oh, and I’m not sure I mentioned it, but I got a really nice table saw that morning from a friend up in Divide, CO AND put a down payment on a planer that he’s got. All around my garage got a lot bigger that day.

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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