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I will have to check the post to see what you are making, good idea on the christmas presidents. I am pretty well cover for dust collection. I have a dust collector with the upper paper filter and using a separatorand also have a air filter unit and connect my handheld tools to a vac, or the DC.
I'm in my mid 60's and between a few years in the engine room while in the Navy, working as a laborer and being involved in woodworking and old cars for most of my life. I figure my lungs are getting near full of all kinds of stuff so I recently got serious about dust collection.
 

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I finally looked at the pictures of the scroll saw and really LIKE the use of flat aluminum for mounting the light. Easy to work with and plenty strong. I have some thick, 2 inch L shaped stock that would be very easy to mount on practically anything. I have one more extremely bright LED fixture to set up and your idea really clicks.
 

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I was doing great, copying your idea, until I turned the saw on and watched the light assembly go up and down a million times, before rocketing across the room.

May I shouldn't have tied it to the arm that moved the blade? ;)
 
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Sold the single speed Hegner I bought for two hundred twelve years ago for four hundred. Bought an RBI for two, added a couple things and sold it to a buddy for what I had into it and used that money to buy a variable speed Hegner. All this and answering questions about the saw got me to looking it all over again. A LOT more information out there on using them today and I'm actually enjoying the critter for the first time.

The LED light I bought for the RBI went out the door with it, so the new, used Hegner didn't have one. The problem [of lack of lighting] was solved by that I, a while back, bought several sewing machine lights as task lights for various tools. For example, I mounted one on the head-stock and one on the tail stock of my lathe and they provide the light I need to tend details, when turning. I had a couple more I was going to mount on my miter (right and left), but hadn't got to yet. Because the Hegner hold down is iron, the rare earth magnets attach to it fine and it seems to be doing the job.

Just for reference, these run about nine to fourteen dollars (get the ones with the most LED's, which, I believe, is about forty-five).
 

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Wow, you have been digging into ancient history.

Using two lights is better, because it almost completely eliminates the blade shadows, so you can actually see where the blade is cutting. Going with LED lights also eliminated the forehead burns that I kept getting when I was using the halogen lights. I still use the same two light system and vacuum when using my scroll saw, but several years ago my son brought me a metal 20 gallon grease barrel (grease came in a plastic bag inside) and I made a lid from two layers of 3/4 cabinet birch ply to attach my Dust Deputy to it. No more bucket implode incidents, but the barrel emits an oil can type pop sound sometimes when I start the vacuum.

Put two lights on your scroll saw, one shining down at about a 45 deg angle on each side of the blade. I think you will be very pleased with the result.

Charley
 

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This is a well aged string. I found some small, 50 watt equivalent LED reflector bulbs that screw into a standard light socket. I bought $2 gooseneck lamps at a second hand store, took the bases off and mounted them using the threaded shaft. Works great, stays cool, a huge amount of light, switches on the back of each reflector. Or pop for a little more to get miniature relflector new. These throw a fairly sharp edged shadow, which actually helps locate the blade position. I'd probably affix the mounting plate behind the machine, connected to the stand, so the goosenecks extend over the blade.
 

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Wow, this is ancient history.

My intent was to show that providing a bright LED light on each side of the blade cutting point, high enough not to get in the way but angled down at about 45 degrees to illuminate the blade from both sides. This nearly eliminates blade shadows and makes it much easier for me to see where the blade is cutting. I frequently was catching myself steering the work to follow the blade shadow and not the blade itself. You cannot eliminate the blade shadow with only one light, unless it is in front of and centered on the blade, but this is the exact point where you want to put your head and eyes. I too use magnification when doing very small work, but it has no light and is attached to a head band. A stationary magnifying glass has not worked for me. The lens abbarations
give me headaches, because I'm constantly moving my head around when I cut to see the cut from different angles. If you can work with a stationary lens you are better than me.

Each year the company that supplies the lights that I'm using changes the design slightly, but they are producing a similar light and they are in my local Lowes store. They don't look exactly the same, because the lamp head is a slightly different shape.
Go with two lights of whatever light you choose, and aim each one at the cutting point of the blade from each side. I'm quite certain that you will like the result, whether you use a magnifier or not.

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"old"??? I had to get one of those when I was 40..... Still running strong, I just wish it was LED instead of the round fluorescent tube. It takes a bit to get started on cold winter mornings
I had one with the round bulb from Harbor Freight and didn’t last long. This one has LED’s and didn’t cost much more than the other one. Bought this one at Woodcraft.
 

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Have 2 26oo lumen reflector LEDs from Rockler, one above my table saw, the other over the workbench. The center of my garage also has one, plus several 200 watt equiv. bare bulbs in the other four garage sockets. No dark spots anymore. I also have one on each of my band saws, and a bright bulb above my SCMS. Really does the job.

If you buy a used gooseneck lamp from a second hand store, you can remove the threaded nut from the bottom, drill a hole and use the nut to secure it to another spot on or near your tool. Here are pix of my Laguna and small BS in the shop. Both are recycled and have small LED spot lights to focus their beams on the blade.
 

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