Yes… I can hear it now because I know what I would say… But I’ll just wait and let you say it ;)
So… I have this friend that I’ve known since Jr High. He has had his own general contracting business and such and is now a maintenance guy for a local state institution. He can do it all. From woodworking to building a house. He is by far the best drywall guy I’ve ever seen. He has it mastered. Fast and looks great with hardly no sanding. He’s just good. Anyhow… Like I said… I’ve known him since Jr. High. He’s done some woodworking for himself and at one time has had a whole shop of tools. Last summer I was at his house and he showed me some of his tools and he had this beautiful Hitachi Scroll Saw on a metal stand just sitting there. He said he never used it. When I was there that day I got a workmate table and lots of woodworking magazines that he didn’t care about.
Well… earlier this week I had posted a comment on Facebook. Some…. (what’s a nice word to say here…. ???)... unknowing group of men said that I “needed” a man because I was single and “just a woman… .and women need men to do the hard stuff”. ROFL…. oh my! This poor group of men also went on to tell me that I didn’t know what to do with the power tools that I had. There was more but that’s for another story. I laughed. And I know what I can and cant do and what I do and don’t need a man for…. (like i ABSOLUTELY need a man to come over an crawl under my house to check things out. There are SPIDERS under there and that is NOT for me. LOL). So there was no need to try and convince or prove myself to them. But it did stem a comment from me that I’m single and I don’t need a man… and somewhere in there I mentioned that I LOVE woodworking and that I dont’ get lonely as long as I can work in my shop. LOL!
That comment spurred my long time friend to call me up. He hadn’t touched the scroll saw since I was there and noticed it was starting to rust. So… he messaged me and told me to come get it!!!! I went and picked it up last night. OH HOW I LOVE IT!!! He laughed and laughed at me. I had forgotten what it looked like and what kind it was. But hey… I am a girl… so when I walked in and saw it I guess I might have jumped up and down a bit and laughed and hugged him and there may have been a huge grin plastered on my face that was from ear to ear. And… I may have text him several times thanking him and telling him how stinkin awesome he was and how much I loved the saw.
Here’s my new baby! It is stinkin awesome!!!!
I took this picture last night. My shop is a mess but I just had to put it together. As you can see, it has a metal stand. Very happy for this. May end up just putting a mobile base right under it. I’m short so the extra height would be fine. It’s a Hitachi Koke 16’ Scroll Saw. It has a handy little light, a blower and dust collection port. It takes 5” pin end or plain end blades. There is a handy little storage compartment on the side of the saw to store extra blades. It came with several different blades. I don’t know enough about them yet to know what kind they are. But I know that the one that is on it is kinda small and has a think kerf. It also cut a piece of 3/4 plywood that I had on hand like it was butter.
Here’s a little more info on the specs of it.
I’m thrilled to have it. Another very good friend of mine does scroll work. I don’t think he does much of anything else other than scrolling. So after I fill my head with some youtube videos and tutorials he’s going to show me some things that he’s learned as well. So excited about this new tool. And this is my weekend where all my kids are gone and I will be spending lots of time in the shop. So I have some other projects to work on and while they glue up I will be playing with my new toy.
I did get some scrap out. I have an older scroll saw that I had passed on to me that I played with a couple of weeks. I guess I printed out one of the patterns they had. It’s from Scrollsaw Workshop. I did fine on the heart itself…. but stopped when it came to cutting the inside puzzle part. HOW DO YOU TURN THAT CURVE? LOL. Also I didn’t cut out the letters yet. I made the starting holes but I didn’t have the manual yet so I didn’t know how to release the blade. I downloaded the manual today and have been reading it.
Here’s my heart. Not too bad for my first pattern.
Well… gotta get some more reading done on the manual and some youtube videos. As soon as school gets out and the kids are delivered…. It’s SAWDUST TIME!
Hope you guys have a great weekend and I’m sooooo very glad that LJ’s is back running good again. :)
Oh… and by the way. Don’t want to come off as one of those women who thinks they can do anything a man can do. I certainly don’t think that at all. And I definitely love men! LOL! And while I would like to have one in my life… I’m patiently waiting for the RIGHT one to come along. And… he has got to be ok with my desire and need to do woodworking. Oh… and he has to handle ALL spider related issues :) That’s a must! Just sayin… I do believe that “in general” men are better suited to do certain things. Woodworking… it’s a case by case basis :) I definitely know a lot more men that do it that I admire their abilities than I do women. The ONLY women I know are on here.