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Martha, the lady I do work for at the church, has given me the scroll saw she bought to do the center pieces herself. It is a Ryobi---not one that I might purchase myself, but she was very gracious to give to me and I do use it some. I was surprised when no one noticed it in the background as it shares a bench with my Ridgid sander. I guess I will be able to use it for light duty stuff, but nothing to drastic.

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Martha, the lady I do work for at the church, has given me the scroll saw she bought to do the center pieces herself. It is a Ryobi---not one that I might purchase myself, but she was very gracious to give to me and I do use it some. I was surprised when no one noticed it in the background as it shares a bench with my Ridgid sander. I guess I will be able to use it for light duty stuff, but nothing to drastic.
Jerry, I MUST comment on Ryobi. I have always used PC, Milwaukee, Dewalt and Jet stuff. I tell you this so you'll know that I DO know the good stuff.
That said, I am setting up a new little winter place and since I won't be doing a whole lot of serious stuff I have been picking up more modest stuff. I have two Ryobi tools and one Rigid vacuum. The vacuum is BETTER than the several Shop Vacs I have. The Ryobi tools are what they are: basic tools with obvious shortcuts in the manufacturing process BUT the tools perform well. You may have to tweak them a bit -like my circle saw-but when that is done the tools will get the job done. Is my circle saw, for example, like my Makita? no...but it was one fourth the price too!!
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Nice pickup, Jerry! Nothing quite beats free.

I'm a huge Ryobi fan. If you ever decide it doesn't suit you, let me know.

And if I can round up some family to help with the shed refit in a few weeks (someone to watch kids), I'll invite you over so you can check it out.
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That would be good, maybe I can pick up a few ideas there for my shop. Always like to meet a fellow wood worker.
The saw is not quite free. she got what she needed, which BTW I would have done anyway, several hours of my time making her center pieces.
As a mater of fact, she for sure wants 10 more--glad I kept the jigs!!

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Nice pickup, Jerry! Nothing quite beats free.

I'm a huge Ryobi fan. If you ever decide it doesn't suit you, let me know.

And if I can round up some family to help with the shed refit in a few weeks (someone to watch kids), I'll invite you over so you can check it out.

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Jerry, I have one of those and it works great. The Ryobi saw in combination with the Ridged sander are excellent for making templates.

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Congrats Jerry! You'll be surprised how handy it will be down the road.

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That Ryobi sounds so tempting, but I must resist (I think). I'm saving up for a Craftsman 10" band saw, but I've almost pulled the trigger on getting a scroll saw instead.

must... fight... temptation...
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That Ryobi sounds so tempting, but I must resist (I think). I'm saving up for a Craftsman 10" band saw, but I've almost pulled the trigger on getting a scroll saw instead.

must... fight... temptation...
If you get one like I did you won't have to fight temptention, but you will learn patients.

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If you get one like I did you won't have to fight temptention, but you will learn patients.
I went to Home Depot to look at that SS yesterday. I also noticed that Sears has the Craftsman 16" SS for the same price:

$119 Ryobi 16" Scroll Saw LINK

$120 Craftsman 16" Scroll Saw LINK

I also watched these 2 vids:
Getting started in the scroll saw hobby cheap. Part One LINK
Getting started in the scroll saw hobby cheap. Part Two LINK

And also heard that Flying Dutchman scroll saw blades are better than the supplied blades with the scroll saw: Mikes Workshop LINK

I also noticed that Rockler sells Olson blades which I read somewhere they are good.

So I was looking around yesterday, and trying to figure out which of those 2 scroll saws is a better buy. There are some neat projects and patterns I would like to try out, and the guy on the Youtube vid made some vids on how to convert a picture to a scroll-sawable image using some Paint program, and also Corel Draw.

I would also like to be able to cut 3/4" wood for templates or whatever.

I have been looking on Craigslist for used ones, but any help choosing an "affordable" (read cheap) entry-level scroll saw would be great. I've read many stories that the Harbor Freight SS would make you give up on scroll sawing if you used it, so I probably won't try that one out.
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Thanks for the information on blades and such, will look into them BTW when I said "like I got this one" I ment it was given for doing a small project for a friend. The way it read just didn't sound right!!

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"How often we sacrifice the permanent plans of God on the altar of immediate solutions"

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