http://youtu.be/jIO0Cxfb1V4 The Excalibur scroll saw includes all of the features that scrollers would value including the unique tilting head design, a 1.3 Amp motor, electronic variable speed control, an onboard flexible dust blower. The factory does note however, that due to the dust outlet under the table, tilt is limited to 28 degrees to the left, but a full 45-degree tilt to the right.
While at Mom’s the other day I salvaged an empty pill bottle (fish oil, it’s BIG) thinking “This might be big enough to put scroll saw blades in.” Brought it home and today, while waiting for finish to dry… I tried it out and with some scrap 1/8th inch plywood made the holder. Nothing fancy. I didn’t even sand it. I made a ‘collar’ that will keep the blade ends in the center of the bottle so as to not interfere with the lid and labled it with th...
It seems that there is always that bridge of uncertainty that I need to cross between one project and the next. It is when the afterglow of successfully finishing one project begins to fade and I am looking towards the next. Fortunately, most of the time I already know which direction I will be heading following the completion of one project, for while I am working on one thing, my mind is usually racing ahead and planning on what is to follow. Sometimes though, I get so caught up in wha...
As I have been “scrolling” for four years and other various woodworking projects for over twenty years I seem to have developed more sinus issues than normal. YEs it could be just this year or my “older” age. However I have decided to take a longer look at the issue. I have somewhat of a dust control system (post in the projects section” plus a use a shop vac. on the table saw and router. I was on the lookout for the DeWalt dust control unit that cost about $...
Well I finally finished what I had been working on for the past several days. At least “Phase 1” of the design – creating the first prototypes. I now feel pretty good about things and feel like I am able to move forward with other things. Designing painting patterns is a great deal different than designing woodworking patterns. When working on scrolling patterns, the bulk of the time is spent in the drawing. Once the computer work is done there are usually only some m...
The past couple of days have been truly busy. All of a sudden I went from being practically caught up with my designs to having several important deadlines looming over the next couple of weeks. I did not miss writing because I was slacking or taking time off, but rather I took the extra hour or so it requires for me to post to catch up on correspondence and emails and other things like that. I am sticking by my usual complaint of not being enough hours in the day to complete all I would lik...
Just a quick update.. I see a lot of views but no feedback.. I’m beginning to think this is a stupid idea but, I’m pushing forward anyway. I got the legs rough cut and ready to be mortised into the hinge. I also got the brass curve cut. The geometry of that thing is a bit confusing but I think once the legs are shaped and the mortise is in place for that to go through it will make more sense. Right now the curve doesn’t seem like it will want to go through the same spo...
It’s that time of year once again. The 2nd Annual Whirligig Wars event is approaching! Woodworkers around the globe are beginning to construct their whimsical whirligigs with the hope of winning one of the great prizes this year. Whirligig Wars came to life last year when woodworkers across the globe battled it out and waged a war in wood. Due to it’s success Whirligig Wars has gained recognition from woodworkers and woodworking enthusiasts across the globe. In the Summer...
Do any of you use any type of brace/bandage/ or support for your wrist while scrolling. I am fairly sure that I am developing osteoarthritis in one or both wrists. I am trying several type of bandages and braces but thought I would pose this to someone who may have more experience in this are – CAUSE I will not give up my scrolloing.
I am happy to report that I was able to pretty much button up the design that I have been working on. For some reason, it took me a great deal of drawing to reach a design that I finally liked. I can’t for the life of me figure out why this happened. A couple of weeks ago, I drew several new designs in a row. It was as if they were just flowing from my pen with little effort. This design was so different. It took many tires of different things before I was able to finally settle on ...
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