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The scroll saw is a very versatile saw.
For some woodworkers this is one of the few tools they need!
Scroll saws are referred to by size. The size is the distance from the blade, to the frame of
the saw. It determines how large of a workpiece can be cut with the saw.
The range in price from about a hundred dollars, to a close to two thousand dollars. A pretty large
price differential. The more costly ones are generally much more accurate and easier to use, as the vibration in
the machine is minimal. That doesn't mean you have to buy an expensive machine to enjoy this tool, but try to
use a machine prior to buying it. I've read good reviews on the Dewalt scroll saw, but haven't personally used
one for more the a couple minutes. My own personal machine is a Hawk G4.
The learning curve is relatively small, provided you start with basic projects, and work your way
up to advanced ones. Don't start out trying to make a four foot high replica of a cathedral. This will lead to
frustration, for sure. Patience is virtue, as they say.
Scroll sawing is a very popular hobby for many woodworkers. While there are many reasons for this,
a few of the mains one are pretty easy to understand why.
One of the biggies on this list would have to be the creativity this tool enables. There are so
many scroll saw plans and projects to choose from, a person could go a lifetime, and never make it through all
the available plans.
A second reason is the small amount of space required to use one. If you had an understanding
spouse, you could actually use it on you kitchen table!
There are many projects that require little more that the saw itself, eliminating a huge investment
in tools. These saws are almost a self contained shop, for some projects.
Our main purpose for using a scroll saw is the ability to cut intricate curves and joints, very
quickly, and with great accuracy. We use ours to cut dovetail joints quickly.
We also find there is no better tool for cutting intarsia and inlays for our veneer projects. The
ability to stack cut veneers is a great resource in creating complicated, but beautiful pictures within our
veneer work. Using a very fine blade, the saw kerf is all but invisible. By stacking different variates of
veneer, we can get perfect fitting pieces, in woods of different colors, and create very detailed pictures.
Another would be the fact that other members of the family, including children, with adult
supervision, can enjoy creating crafts, and realizing the pride generated by making something.
In summary, these are great tools, that can be enjoyed by the entire family, while at the same time
offering a machine with great precision and capabilities.
Written by: Lee A. Jesberger © 2008
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|DeWalt 788 Variable-Speed Scroll
Heavy-Duty 20'' Variable-Speed Scroll Saw Double
parallel-link arm design dramatically reduces vibration and noise, for extremely accurate cuts.
Exclusive tool-free blade holders allow blade changes in seconds. On-off switch, electronic
variable speed, flexible dust blower and blade-tensioning lever are all located on the front
upper arm for added convenience. Arm design moves the tool's pivot points from the back of the
saw to the front, shortening the arm movement for smoother, quieter operation. Arm lifts so
blade can be easily threaded through the material for inside cuts. Unique arm design keeps the
blade perpendicular to the work, dramatically reducing over- or under- cutting. Oversized,
cast-iron table provides excellent material support and bevels 45° left and right.
SPECIFICATIONS: Amp Rating (120V AC) 1.3 Stroke Length 3/4'' Strokes Per Min. 400-1,750 spm
Depth of Cut 2'' Tool Weight 56.0 lbs.
DeWalt 788 Variable-Speed Scroll
|Delta SS350LS 16'' Variable Speed Scroll
Model SS350LS Delta Industrial Model SS350LS 16" Variable
Speed Scroll Saw includes a 2 amp., 120V induction motor, upper and lower Quickset II blade
chucks, blade, leg set and instruction manual.
Delta SS350LS 16'' Variable Speed Scroll