After cutting out several letters and other objects. I found that my Dremel Trio was not the best tool to do my bidding. It was very time consuming sanding and clamping pieces a surface in order to get the job done. I had some scroll saw experience , some 20 years ago, but I knew I had to pick one up.
I read several reviews here on LJ and watched many youtube videos. I did not want to spend $500 on a scroll saw, but I do have a woodworking principle, “buy quality once”. I even researched some of of the cheaper lower grade scroll saws due to my budget. I decided that I would buy the Dewalt 788 scroll saw. I also considered the excalibur, but it was too pricey.
Having already searched a few dozen pawn shops in the area about 9 months ago while looking for my tablesaw, I chose not to go that route and went on the old reliable Craigslist. I searched the Atlanta area and surrounding cities and found this saw near Greenville, SC, about 160 miles from Atlanta. the asking prices was $250 and it was on Craigslist for 5 weeks.
I was a bit leary of traveling for a saw, So many things can go wrong. I asked for a $50 reduction in price due to travel and they knocked off $25. Then, I did what any husband would do, take his wifes car to pick it up…brilliant!
I brought a blade and a scrap piece with me and test the saw. It worked great!.He said that he used it less than 10 hours. The owner was selling it because he had a better saw, according to his wife (who bought both saws for him). I believe it was a King saw. Anyhow, I was pleasedthe the saw came with a light attached. So I took it home, cleaned it up, and made some sawdust!
-- Jerome, Marietta, GA