Mustache Mike's Corner #2: A Cheapie, an Oldie and a Pricey Scroll Saw

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 05-27-2013 08:02 PM 3288 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Scroll Saw Basics: More than you ever wanted to know about this sweet-sweet machine! Part 2 of Mustache Mike's Corner series Part 3: Everything you ever wanted to know about scroll saw blades »

Mustache Mike is at it again! This time he continues his introduction to scroll sawing with a close up look at three options: A cheapie, an oldie, and a pricey saw. Plus he builds a dust blower from an aquarium pump, talks accessories and a lot of other stuff from HIS corner of the Stumpy Nubs Workshop!

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#1 posted 05-27-2013 08:33 PM

Great tip that didn’t suck!!!

What are the pros/cons of the two blade types? Pin Vs. straight???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 08:53 PM

The pin ends are faster ans easier to take off and remount on most saws, but pinless ends require much smaller holes in the work piece to thread them through, so they are better for fine work.

At least that’s what the Stash would say if he hung around message boards.

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 10:34 PM

great video Stash,, very informative but i gota ask who is that in the picture on the end with the hat looks like Tom Petty

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 10:44 PM

Billy the Kid

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 12:59 AM

Mike great show!
Really good.
Do it again.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 01:07 AM

Mike mastered it! Thanks for the tutorial. Have to play it back again. You figured out the MUZAK! What are the high end saws going for?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 05-28-2013 01:10 AM

Checked out the store. No plans for the sander posted.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 05-28-2013 02:28 AM

Great job Mike!

Maybe Stumpy should be YOUR side kick!


-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#9 posted 05-28-2013 02:07 PM

Good video Mike.

I’m glad the intro was changed. The new one is bearable. I usually don’t give a hoot about intros, but the one from before was just nerve grating.

The cheaper saw (masterforce I believe?) I have no experience with but looks typical of a lot of the cheaper saws out there. So I think it was a good saw choice for what you were trying to achieve. I am just tickled pink that you made a video that did not recommend everyone to buy the most expensive saws they could afford, while hinting that if it fell ouside of most people’s budgets that they just had no business scrolling. I feel that turns a lot of people off from even trying this fun hobby, and see it all too often.

The Craftsman Direct Drive is a great saw that is built to last. I have three of them and they are great saws, for what they are. The only thing I hate about that saw is the lack of being able to use pinless blades on it. I have the conversion kit. Actually, I have two of the conversion kits, and neither of them work well. It is best used as a pinned blade only saw. I use it mainly for through cuts only.
I don’t know what these saws sell for in other parts of the country. As I said, I have three. I’ve picked one up at a flea market and two of them at yard sales. The most I’ve paid for any of the three is $8.

The Dewalt saw in question I have never actually used. From everything I read about it though, it is a great saw. There was a controvery when the type II came out that they would not be as good or durable as the type I. However, since they have been on the market for some time now, everyone I’ve talked to are just as happy with the newer version as people were with the old ones. So I still think it is the saw of choice for beginners if you can afford it.

You need to light a fire under Stumpy’s butt and make him get you an Excaliber. I don’t have one and have never used one. According to owners, users, and professional reviewers at all the magazines, it is the saw to have. It is the grand pooh-bah of saws. I think you deserve one just for putting up with stumpy. I know it is expensive. Let’s face it though, if stumpy simply cut the cold ones out for a few weeks, and maybe a few meals which wouldn’t hurt him, he could buy you one.

I would also like to point out that there are so many saws out there though that fit in between some of these models in features, price, and worthiness to be considered.
My saw of choice now for my intricate work is my Delta SS250. The problem with it though is one I find on most good cheap saws, it is hard to find and a crapshoot when you do. I bought mine for $69 on clearance because it was being disacontinued. I liked it so much that I bought a second saw for parts, because it was being discontinued. I still see these saws from time to time on Craiglist and Ebay. They are getting more and more scarce though. With the pinless blade ability, quick blade tensioning design, and the Quickclamp II system, I feey they were at one time one of the best saws for cheap available. I don’t know why they decided to quit making them.
There are other saws out there though that some people may like a lot that does not cost much. The problem is, like I had, that by the time one usually knows what they like in a saw, they are usually already using a crappy saw or have invested in a better, and more expensive one, to be worried with these cheaper diamonds in the rough.

Anyway, I apologize for my rambling Mike. I just get caught up in the moment and go on and on and on when it comes to scrollsaws. It is one of my favorite subjects. I own nine of them now. I have no idea why besides I ran across deals I couldn’t pass up and wanted to give those babies a good home.
You’re doing a good job Mike. Keep up the good work.
Before I go, let me tell you about another great tool you could invest in, duct tape.
Yes, I said duct tape. You see? You use the duct tape on Stumpy. Catch him passed out on a sugar rush from those cold ones, tie him up with duct tape. Use plenty. Don’t be shy about making many passes around his legs and arms. Don’t forget the mouth. Then, THEN, you won’t have to worry about him making your video any shorter than you want it to be.
Oh. You need him for the next video after that one? And he might not be too happy about the duct tape incident? Well, I haven’t worked out the details on that plan yet. I’ll leave that to you two.

Thanks Mike.


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#10 posted 05-30-2013 04:11 PM

Keep ‘em coming Mike….

I picked up a Dremel scroll saw that got thrown into the deal for a Mortiser….

You’re pretty close to inspiring me to fire it up ;^)

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 05-31-2013 10:15 PM

why is Mike’s corner so neat, clean, well lit, etc.

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#12 posted 06-02-2013 12:17 AM

Becuase it is MY corner and Stumpy has to wipe his feet before entering. Besides that excess sawdust is hard on my tie-dye shirts!

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#13 posted 06-02-2013 12:23 AM

Will you wear your best tie-dyed if Stumpy wears his Salmon shorts again? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 06-02-2013 12:15 PM

Gr8 show Mustache… Look forward to the next clip. Some fantastic lookin scrolling works in the background there also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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