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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2012, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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If this deals works out...

There's a man in town that builds bird houses, garden arches, picnic tables, benches, lawn art, etc. Always has some out in his yard with price signs. We always wave to each other.

Saw him drying some painted pieces. Waved and walked on. Then thought to myself, maybe he had a bandsaw. I still have that burl that I need resawn. He didn't, but wanted to talk. So we did.

After a while talking, I noticed this lonely old scroll saw in a corner of his shop, covered in dust (not saw dust) and small pieces of wood stacked on it's table. I asked about it. He said he picked it up a a garage sale for $25 about three years ago. He never used it. Talking, he uses his jig saw and a scroll saw is a different skill set, so he never used it.

Seems he also wants to build 3 lighthouses, hexagonal with a taper from base to top, and cannot figure out how to cut them. He got the orders for them at the start of June and he can't figure out the math. I tried to explain to him how to cut them on a tablesaw, but he instead asked me how much it would be for me to cut them for him... 3 light houses, 8 sides each, 24 pieces, 48 compound miter cuts.

Light bulb came on. I told him I'd trade for the scroll saw. He said he'd think on that.

It looks to be a 17-18 inch throat and built to withstand a nuclear blast. Dark gray in color. Didn't get close enough to see what brand, as I wanted to mask "too" much interest. But in reality, I'm pretty excited about it... especially as a trade!
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Point out that the scroll saw isn't making him any money but the 3 lighthouses completed will get him money from the client who ordered them........... "Do We Have A Deal?"

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After cutting far too many tapered hexagons for this lighthouse, I think that the gentleman with the scrollsaw is getting a heck of a deal....

I think it's either a big PowrKraft or Rockwell scrollsaw from what you describe.

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Get the manufacturer and model number before you make the trade. I'm sure there are others who can steer you in the right direction on the deal.

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Hey Mike! 3 lighthouses from 24 finished parts? If they are HEXagonal don't you mean 4- lighthouses, or do you mean 3- OCTagonal lighthouses? I know you're up north, but down here in Georgia our hexagons have 6- sides, but our octagons have 8- sides! YOU know of course that I'm just messing with you!

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Hey Mike! 3 lighthouses from 24 finished parts? If they are HEXagonal don't you mean 4- lighthouses, or do you mean 3- OCTagonal lighthouses? I know you're up north, but down here in Georgia our hexagons have 6- sides, but our octagons have 8- sides! YOU know of course that I'm just messing with you!
Otis- You are correct. (Was typing in an excited hurry) The light house is shaped as an octagon (8 sides) as you look down on it and is tapered from base to top. He needs the sides cut, compound miters at a taper. He couldn't figure out the math--> 22.5 degrees at 3" taper/foot each edge. On top of that is frame for the light, which will have a rotating LED light (solar powered) inside it.

I asked him if he would rather have a frame to tack on lap or shake siding... No. The customer wants him to "paint on" windows and such. He doesn't need siding and minature windows, as that would add too much detail. Just needs to be plywood.

At first I was thing of using a MCLS Multi-Sided Glue Joint Bit (for an 8 sided joint)... but for what he needs and the materials, just a compound miter on a TS will do him... And that's all he's expecting. Faster setup for me while I'm cutting in out anyways.
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Mike, I couldn't resist harassing you, so when I saw the chance I pounced on it!

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We're going to trade- labor for it. He's going to throw in 4 big packages of blades.

It's a Craftsman. I didn't readily see a data plate to get a model number or serial number.
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