Scroll sawing #3: The saw arrives!

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Blog entry by swamps42 posted 06-11-2011 12:43 PM 4341 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had I not been laying in bed in pain from overdoing it yesterday at my home construction site on what had already started as a high pain day, I would have been much more excited when Woodcraft called to tell me my saw had arrived. I got a log cabin kit delivered out at my property yesterday. Center-cut oak beams with dovetailed corners to build my new house, but that’s a whole other story.

Anyhow, I finally got to go pick up my saw when my friend who’s carrying the loan got off work. I may have done the happy dance a few dozen times in the store. I’m really excited and I’m now a partial owner of an Excalibur scroll saw! I only own $340 of it for now, but I’ll get my etsy shop going again here soon.

I wanted to try out as much as I could on the new saw, so I printed out a Steve Good pattern for a chair. It worked up really quickly as so much easier than on my old saw. I wouldn’t have even been able to do this on my old saw. The blade changes are a breeze. The table seems a bit grabby, even after the first waxing, but I think it’ll just take a while to build up to a finish I like. I like REALLY slippery tables.

Enough talk, here’s pictures! Turns out the chair I made fits a little knitting sheep I made last July perfectly. And yes, the sheep is knitting her own sock on toothpicks that I ground down into itty bitty double pointed knitting needles for her.

Chair in Progress
Finished chair
Is the finish dry yet?
Ah, that's better says Juliana the sheep!
I have also finally come to the conclusion that I need to get some better wood. The super cheap plywood that they have for scrollers at the local small wood shop just isn’t good enough. It’s so splitty. It’s cheap though. I probably should have used another piece to help with the blow out. I stack cut the sides of the chair and the top of the two sides came out MUCH better than the bottom one. It was really cool to stack cut. My old HF saw just made a mess of stack cuts.

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 03:08 PM

Very cool cant wait for the next installment


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#2 posted 06-13-2011 05:50 PM


Glad your saw came in on time and undamaged.

Hope your pain eases up soon. We know what it’s like, my wife suffers from a chronic pain problem…

Hope the log home work doesn’t prove to be too much. It sounds like a neat project.

Good luck and

Be Careful!


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

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#3 posted 06-14-2011 04:57 PM

Sadly, I know the log home would be way too much for me. However, I have a stepdad, mom, and brother who will do the log stacking. My job for now has been to find supplies on freecycle. I got two stunning doors this week. One is a solid wood front door. I don’t even need to refinish it. It is just a stunning piece. The second is a tongue and groove door from the 40s with a wonderful antique door knob complete with a rectangular brass plate around the old style key hole! The guy also had a 31”x32” tongue and groove panel that matched. I hope to use the door for the half bath downstairs and the panel for the cabinet under the sink.

Another guy heard about how I was disabled and donated his entire kitchen cabinet set to getting me into a home again. It needs refinishing, but it’s quite nice. I am building an island to go with it with an end-grain butcher block top. It will be a slightly higher work surface than a standard kitchen counter.

AND I get to design and built the master bath vanity to fit the stone countertop/sinks piece I got on craigslist. It’s 6’ long. I’m custom building the vanity so that it can be higher than standard too. Bending is the pits!

Much love to you and your wife. Chronic pain is no fun at all.

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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