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

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« 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!

“After watching this one, visit the greatest woodworking “info-tainment site on the internet!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com



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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 460 days ago

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 procratination a bad thing?

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StumpyNubs

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#2 posted 460 days ago

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.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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eddie

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#3 posted 460 days ago

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

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 460 days ago

Billy the Kid

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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Dave

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#5 posted 460 days ago

Mike great show!
Really good.
Do it again.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 460 days ago

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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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 460 days ago

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

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 459 days ago

Great job Mike!

Maybe Stumpy should be YOUR side kick!

:^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#9 posted 459 days ago

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.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 457 days ago

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 ;^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#11 posted 456 days ago

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

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MustacheMike

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#12 posted 455 days ago

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!

-- You can trust Mike -" because I will never pull your stash!" See my show weekly at Stumpynubs.com

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#13 posted 455 days ago

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 454 days ago

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. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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