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Getting my tools ready #14: How do I get the best out of an OLD DELTA 40-650 Type I? Need experienced advice!

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 84 days ago 1636 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I purchased a Delta C arm 18” scroll saw. It has been a misadventure born out of poverty. LOL! Have an intarsia, project in mind. It’s for an artist friend. An inlay into a box made from one of his great paintings.

Purchased the 40-650 Type I Scroll Saw at least 3 months ago, maybe longer ( brought it home driving several hours in a blizzard). De rusted the aged metal table, painted and cleaned up the old girl. Looked good!

The clamping mechanism and the clearance for the clamp on this saw seem over engineered and although pretty, (I like the design) It’s clamping mechanism is (to me ) screwed up. When I first attempted a high end run, without a net(literally) The blade or clamp broke apart. Lost some springs, and I didn’t have the parts.

Finally got everything back together after waiting 2 months for parts, and it is together. ( Had another rainy day)

Did some test cutting on some 3/4 pine and some old 1/4 inch plywood in the shop with different tpi blades. I’ve been trying different cutting settings and there is a lot of vibration. ( Any suggestions on smooth and safe cutting?

All advice, suggestions, and comments appreciated!

( I probably could have cut all the parts with a hand coping saw by now? LOL!)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher



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PhilBello

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#1 posted 84 days ago

Hi Tom, if you haven’t already, bolt or clamp the scrollsaw to your bench or working area, this cuts most if not all vibration. I hope I’m not teaching Grandpa how to suck eggs, but let the saw do the work, your hand are just the guide, the thicker the wood the slower the cutting, unless you are going with the grain, then it tends to run away with you if you are not careful. Look forward to seeing the results!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 84 days ago

Phil,

Is that just a scroll saw thing in general? Or with this beast in particular?

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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PhilBello

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#3 posted 84 days ago

Hi Tom,

It is something I was always taught to do, to avoid vibration, most modern scrollsaws have bolt holes in the base, just for that purpose.

When you think of the force generated in order for the blade to cut, as opposed to the overall weight of the saw, it is not surprising that vibration is generated. :)

Cheers
Phil

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 84 days ago

True.

Had a old craftsman scroll saw, pin type with the little sanding disk. It was a different style arm. Vibration was much less. Not as versatile as this saw should be? LOL!

How’s the shop coming?

May not be here for awhile as sun is shining, rain is evaporating, and I have to get a top coat on my second story windows I have been rebuilding.

( this saw came with a stand, been working onit on my bench.)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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PhilBello

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#5 posted 84 days ago

Good luck with the painting!

The shop is coming on fine thanks, I did an update on the Blog the other day with photos, I now just need some time free to spend in it!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 84 days ago

Didn’t get a notice?

Doing it from inside, as it is still safer than hanging on a two story ladder.

Later!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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