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Location: Melrose, WI

I am a retired State of Wisconsin Probation and Parole Agent. I have enjoyed woodworking most of my adult life, but have really gotten into scroll sawing and intarsia in the last 4 or 5 years. As a result of negotiations with my wife, I now have a very nice, if small woodshop where I spend several hours every day. I also enjoy welding and small metal work, but don't get much opportunity to use that. I do not really have my own website, just an e-mail address where I can be reached. I check my mail two or three times a day, so please feel free to comment.

-- Jack, Wisconsin,

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 06:17 PM

I read some earlier comments about the Masterforce 18” scroll saw sold by Menards. I have had one for the past 6 months, and I find some things good about it, but many things substandard also. Primarily, you must deal with plastic handles on everything and they are not very strong. I have broken the tightening handle for the tilt table, and the plastic pieces on the thumb screws that tighten the quick connect for the blades, both upper and lower soon twisted off the screw shaft and I had to replace them with regular medal thumb screws, when trying to secure a spiral blade into the saw, I have found that the twisting action of the thumb screw spins the blade right out of the holder causing me much frustration and almost as much time as did my old scroll saw without the “quick connect”. Further, if you want to get parts for this machine, forget about it. All in all, My take on this saw is that it would be better to spend a little more money and get a better saw that will give you less trouble.

-- Jack, Wisconsin,

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 06:26 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

You’ll get more responces if you will post your comment above in a forum topic or as a review. Thanks for joining.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 06:31 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

To get the most feedback on your projects, it’s best only post 1 or 2 at a time. This way you will get feedback over several days and from a wide variety of members.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 06:33 PM

Hello Turnkeyjack,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

Jack, your review will get read by more members if you re-post it in the review section.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 06:50 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 07:43 PM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 12-14-2009 04:40 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 12-14-2009 06:17 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 12-14-2009 07:04 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!


-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#10 posted 12-14-2009 05:12 PM

Hi there, welcome aboard. A board….I made a funny. Thanks for the heads up on the saw. I have not had any problems with it yet. I can see however, how the plastic knobs could break off. The same thing happened with my Wilton Scorll Saw. It does have a great warentee though.

-- Ray

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#11 posted 12-15-2009 11:45 AM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#12 posted 12-21-2009 08:11 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 12-11-2010 12:45 AM

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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