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Buying new Dewalt Scroll Saw model dw788

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Blog entry by bobsully posted 08-05-2013 08:22 AM 958 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new to lumberjocks and was intrigued by a posting from a lady in California regarding her modification to the stand she put her dw788 on. I had an old Delta scroll saw and it broke my heart when the clamp holding the blade snapped. I look all over and it is no longer available. This brings me to buying the dw788, after reading countless reviews I am going to purchase this saw. If any one has any ideas on making a base in order to roll the unit it around I would greatly appreciate any and all input.

Thanks, Bobsully



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jerrells

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 01:59 PM

Only if it is a Type 1. The Type 2 table castings have had some warping problems so I would say stay away from them. The Delta scrollsaw is the same basic saw.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#2 posted 08-05-2013 02:03 PM

Did not read all of your post. I went to the local Habit for Humanities store and found an old kitchen base cabinet the I used for mine. A couple of layers of 3/4 ply on top and some bracing on bottom plus wheels – works fine.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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poospleasures

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#3 posted 08-05-2013 10:01 PM

I have the old style dw788. This is what I did to solve the move around. As I only have to move the saw a few feet and being very cheap I used a piece of 1/2” bar stock for an axle, some wooden wheels made from sycamore. Drilled holes thru the rear legs for the bar stock. Drilled 1/2” holes in the wheels. Ground small flats on the axle shaft under the wheel surface. Drilled and tapped a hole in the wheel and ran a set screw down to lock the wheel onto the shaft You could just epoxy the wheels to the shaft but I am always subject to change. Machine rolls smoothly and is easy to manover and very stable.
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-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 03:39 AM

Wow, great ideas, and congrats on the saw

-- Norman

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