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One of the drawbacks about going to sea for a living is that I don't get to play with my tools all the time. I had been thinking about getting a small el-cheapo scrollsaw to play with out at sea, but was never thrilled about having to give up the features of my 'big' saw to save a few bucks. By pure chance, I was scrolling through the Portland, OR craigslist and found the exact same Delta Q3 scrollsaw I use at home on sale for CHEAP. It took some wrangling to get a vehicle to go take a look at it, and it is in very good shape for the money. It now sits on the bench in one of our machine shops awaiting a little TLC.

Of course, the previous owner has left 4 very large and well defined cup rings on the table, I think I can clean them up with a little elbow grease, and there are a few other minor issues, but I couldn't have found a better saw to play with away from home.

Of course, now I just have to figure out where to set it up, and where to get enough wood to play with. Space is a real luxury on board, and finding a place that is not too loud or too hot is going to be a chalange.

I'll try to get a picture or two of the setup when I have finished cleaning it up. I'm pretty excited about having a fun and productive way to pass the hours between work.

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Glad you have found a way to do something with your hobby while at sea!! Way to go.

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Sounds like a great project.. and a lot of fun!

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Doug, sounds like you will be enjoying your job a lot more in the future
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good deal lets see some photos ... soon

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That is one good way to put a productive mind to work. Just remember those poor Marines don't have room for a saw in there fox hole.
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It took a while, but I got most of the cup water rings of the table top. I've rubbed in a bunch of wax and buffed it out to fill in some of the mill marks on the table and give it a little protection from the salty air.

The previous owner didn't quite understand how to adjust the lower blade clamp, and that openned up the insert a little, but I can live with that. I had to take the paint off of it on the underside to get the insert to sit flush, so I took the rest of the paint off of the top as well. It will work just fine I think.

The saw cuts great after a little adjustment, but I've got to get my 'good' blades. The handfull that came with the saw would make me quit scrolling too.

I'm still trying to find a decent place to work, and I have to find something to anchor the stand to so that the saw doesn't slide all over the place at sea.
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Doug,

It is hard to believe that is the same table in the 2 pictures. Nice work and looks like it will be very usable for you. Can you maybe bolt it to the floor of the ship or something?
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Sgt. at Arms arrest that man for damaging my ship.
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Doug,

It is hard to believe that is the same table in the 2 pictures. Nice work and looks like it will be very usable for you. Can you maybe bolt it to the floor of the ship or something?
Well, it's far from perfect, but I have two ratchet tiedowns to hold it in place. The best spot I was able to find to put it is between a fuel tank and the sewage tank. I don't think that drilling into either of those to bolt it down would further my career..... so they sit on plywood pads with rubber feet to keep from damaging the coatings. Its a tight spot, a little Cozy, but out of the normal traffic patterns.

It's a lot different working on a moving platform, I don't think I will be able to use the foot pedal control. Either that or I'll need to get a stool, as I tend to move all over the place when the ship rolls. I also have to work on getting a little more light.

It's fun, kind of like learning to use a saw all over again!





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