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To be clear, I have never used a scroll saw. I've got my first child on the way this December and I've got a number of new wood projects in the queue. I am finding myself trying to make more intricate and delicate cuts than what I've had to do previously. From what I've seen, a scroll saw might be the answer, but I wanted some advice on what I should look for.

I suppose I will start by explaining the kind of work I'd like to do. I want to be able to cut out semi-intricate to intricate shapes from 4/4 and thinner hard and soft woods. This seems simple enough, right? Right now, the tools that I would be using for any of this are my jigsaw (Porter Cable PC600JS), coping saw, jeweler's saw, and some creative drilling (no drill press either :thumbdown:).

I know that cast iron beds are preferred (as with all stationary tools), as is variable speed--but what do I really need in order to get decent results? With the munchkin on the way, my tool toy budget is significantly impacted :yes:. I saw this posting on Craig's List a while back and decided to message the seller for some more info. The more I look at it, though, the more I think it would just be a headache and waste of time.:blink:



http://pullman.craigslist.org/tls/3973110019.html
 

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Ben,

Not much traffic on your thread.

I am not a fan of the wooden scroll saw you show.

I do not know much about scroll saws, but I normally find if I have a tool and use it, I find out the features I really want.

I purchased a Grizzly G1572 scroll saw in the late 1990's on clearance. It is gathering dust.

I will pass on for the cost of shipping if you are interested. I would say this is a tool to use to understand the future tool you really want to purchase.

Here is a link to the manual.

http://www.manualslib.com/manual/63210/Grizzly-G1572.html
 

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Ben,

Not much traffic on your thread.

I am not a fan of the wooden scroll saw you show.

I do not know much about scroll saws, but I normally find if I have a tool and use it, I find out the features I really want.

I purchased a Grizzly G1572 scroll saw in the late 1990's on clearance. It is gathering dust.

I will pass on for the cost of shipping if you are interested. I would say this is a tool to use to understand the future tool you really want to purchase.

Here is a link to the manual.

http://www.manualslib.com/manual/63210/Grizzly-G1572.html
Woa! :eek:! I had to read this twice to make sure I understood this correctly. Yeah, I would definitely take you up on this offer if you're sure it is a tool you're no longer using.

Dave, you're are one generous and conscientious guy--and the epitome of why this place is so great. PM if you're sure you're willing to do this and we can set up the details. I'll try and find a way to pay it forward :yes::thumbsup:
 

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Ive been a bit absent of late

when I come across a thread like this it is great ---- big thumbs up

Congratulations and hope I dee your 1st WIP with your new baby (scroll saw I mean)
 

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Well, I got the second box of saw parts Monday and got it assembled later that evening. USPS did everything in their power to spoil my fun. Both boxes had a rough ride and the smaller box had a hole ripped in it along the edge and extending the length of the box. Alas, I had enough parts to build a fully functional scroll saw. Dave packed everything g in there well enough that even the gaping hole it the box wasn't powerful enough to coerce the saw parts out.

I made a test cut in a sheet of thin plywood that Dave had used as packing material. 1/4" hardwood was slow going with the OEM blade, but I was able to move through the ply with relative ease. I watched several of Kenbo's YouTube videos and have learned a lot. I got a variety pack of Olson blades from my hardware store and look forward to tearing (somewhat) through some hard wood!


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The reason I love this forum! I've seen more help and generosity in the year or two I've been on here then I have my entire military career.

Congrats on the upcoming newborn! Its exciting anticipation, and opens a door to a ton of new projects you wouldn't likely consider otherwise. Treat that grizzly well!

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Nice saw, mine in a Ryobi about 18 years old or so. Might be time to upgrade. I think I'll get back into my scroll saw a little bit. I have never really learned that tool. Now that I plan on doing a little more smaller items, having that knowledge in my arsenal may prove to be useful.

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Nice saw, mine in a Ryobi about 18 years old or so. Might be time to upgrade. I think I'll get back into my scroll saw a little bit. I have never really learned that tool. Now that I plan on doing a little more smaller items, having that knowledge in my arsenal may prove to be useful.

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I am very new to scrolling (obviously), but I've already gained a ton of insight from watching videos posted by our own Kenbo. Sure, he has a $1000+ scroll saw--but most of the tips he gives seem to apply to entry level saws as well.

www.youtube.com/user/kennyearrings1‎

Go on guys, try it out.:thumbsup:
 
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