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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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I was given a scroll saw about 2/3 weeks ago, I have not cut any patterns out yet, really so far I have just cut some wood up to get a feel for it, used it once to cut a tight cut that my jig or band saw would just mess up, have ordered some new blades for it, a doz each of 3 different size and suppose to be some of the best,

Any suggestions or pointers are most welcome, I am looking at making a table/area to use for this work and saw, I think I am going to have it where i can adjust the angle on the table so I can see the work better for standing or on a seat/chair/stool, it will be also hooked up to a vac system I am working on,

Any free patterns or places to get them or how to make them, please send my way too,

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Welcome to scrolling Rob.

Flying Dutchman blades are great. Get mine from Mike's Workshop . Mike is great.
My saw is a DeWalt and their stand is tilted. Much better that the "flat saw table" I used to use.
Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Message Board is a good forum for scrolling.

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Steve Good (scrollsaw workshop) is a great source of tips & plans.

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You are going to love scrolling. What kind of saw did you get? We always like to see pics of new acquisitions.

I have always found that having your saw at about waist height to be the most comfortable when doing marathon scrolling sessions. If your arms are much higher than that, they get tired very quickly, and your concentration goes down. But that's just me.

One thing that is a MUST is good lighting on your work. Get something that you can position to suit your needs, and so as not to cast a shadow on your pattern. If it does, and you are not paying attention, you can start cutting on the shadow instead of the pattern line. I picked up an inexpensive goose neck lamp with LED lights at Lowe's for around $20.00.

Unless you're a "neat freak", I wouldn't worry too much about dust collection. You don't get all that much dust when scrolling, and I prefer not to have the added noise of a dust collector or shop vac running while I'm working. My dust collection for the scroll saw is a broom and dust pan. If your saw does not have a dust blower on it, add one by running an air line to a flexible tube and down close to where the blade meets the piece that you are cutting. Keeping saw dust off of your cut line is essential to accurate cuts.

Enjoy your saw and post some pics of your work. We enjoy seeing that too.

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Hi Rob,
I agree with steve on the blades, I've tried most brands and flying dutchman are by far the best and Mike is great to work with.
I built a table from a pattern in Wood magazine's 2002 issue of 101 workshop projects. I think the plan is still available online at Scrollsaw Stand. It looks kinda flimsy, but it's sturdy with my dewalt on it.
I modified the leg height to 18" so I could sit at it. I also put either a 2x4 or a 4x4 under the rear legs of the saw to elevate it.
If I didn't post the link correctly, do a search for scroll saw stand wood magazine.

As Doug noted, Steve Good's site has great patterns (many) and his tutorials are very good.
Good Luck with scrolling, its addictive.
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To All That Posted,

Yes I got my blades from Mike and that came about from joining Steve's forum group, I must say I did not even see that their was a section in here on scrolling until I saw it the other day/night,

My daughter gave me this to help me stay busy in the house and not have to walk out to my shed were i am trying to make woodwork type stuff to sell, lol, she thought it would not make that much noise or mess but it does/will if and when I get going with it,

My thought on a stand is like this, not really a stand but a table like area connected to a wall with the ability to slide up and down the wall for different heights and angles depending on if sitting or standing or for someone else using it,

The vac is for my trouble with breathing at times, seasons and if i have heat on or off, if the fans are on and all of that depends on temp outside and how I feel that day and time, lol, lots of factors on that part,

Lighting is a must and I have several clamp type cheap lamp holders w/15 foot cords from walmart with energy florescent lamps in them, all are plug into recepticals from the ceiling and are on switches for easy on/off,

Pictures, yep will be getting those soon, I do have one of the saw, very cheap as scroll saws go, its from a site that I got the PDF manual for the saw, right now I don't even remember the name brand of the saw, shop fox 713, something like that, here is something i got looking for it, Shop Fox W1713 16-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw: Home Improvement

Like I said it was free and I think I'll like scrolling and will just go from there, Ok, going back out to the shed and the remodel work, as i have posted in the past on everything here, anytime you have suggestions, advice and helpful sites, please do, I am very opened minded and appreciative for it all,

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