Scroll Saw Stand #1: Building materials and stand top

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 03-06-2010 06:18 PM 6750 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The trash man giveth and the trash man taketh away….

That would seem to sum up most of my woodworking experiences so far :) At any rate, I pulled the trigger on a new Dewalt scroll saw. I have been using a cheaper model for some time and I made do but wanted to work with something a little nicer and get those compound cuts and fretwork moving. I have been using my bench for awhile, but wanted a dedicated stand for this one. I downloaded a free plan from Wood awhile back and was going to pick up some 2×6 when I noticed this stack of pine sitting in the dumpster at my wife’s apartment.

Pine lumber

She is probably getting a reputation in the complex for feeding the “homeless” guy that loiters around the parking lot fishing items from the trash receptacles but I just cannot stand to see good wood thrown away. Especially when it is an item that I am already planning on purchasing. The plans call for mostly 2×4s and a plywood top. I noticed two matching pieces out of the bundle and thought they might make a more solid work surface -

matching boards

So I planed the edges and have them clamped as I type -

top glue up

This worked out pretty well for me because I purchased a couple Jorgensen cabinet clamps that I have been wanting to use. I picked up a set of Irwin quick clamps that were on sale as well. I have been gradually replacing my old HF clamps. They worked ok for me for some time but they just don’t have the strength or the rigidity that these new ones have. I will probably trim the table top down some. Not the find of the century but am happy with it and I should be able to build most of what I need with the collection I salvaged.

Happy woodworking all,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 03-06-2010 07:58 PM

Mister Practical at work again, I see. Nothing like having the project partially cut out and dropped in your lap for free. Eventually will make a bunch of mobile stands, but that has to wait a while. Will probably start on that in 6 months or so.

This weekend, putting some embellishments on my sled, and going to make a temporary router table as a mod to my old purchased one. On call, so don’t know how much I will get done…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 08:04 PM

nice find david. I like the clamps, unfortunately my budget is insisting that i stick with the hf’s for a while longer.

-- RKWoods

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 08:07 PM

I really loved this post. The opening line was fantastic and I did laugh out loud. I also chuckled at the line about your wife.

I think you did a good thing, rescuing that pine from the dumpster. Well done.

I just bought a couple more Irwin clamps myself. They are really handy. I am not sure why I get so excited with each new clamp purchase, but I really do. I also salivate when I see one of those grown up shops with a gazillion clamps. It is completely irrational, but I just love them. Clamps are cool.

Ok, off to do some woodworking. Fun post. Thanks.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#4 posted 03-06-2010 08:08 PM

What are HFs?

-- Brian Meeks,

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 08:20 PM

Harbor Freight.

Nice lumber you have there.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#6 posted 03-07-2010 03:24 AM

Looking good David.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 03-07-2010 03:34 AM

You is off to a good start!

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#8 posted 03-07-2010 06:20 AM

When we lived in Washington State I would find lots of “Used Wood”, but since living her in the Islands, I don’t come across much myself.l But I am lucky to have friends that are on the lookout for me. It’s great when we can take someone’s trash boards and find a good use for it.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#9 posted 03-08-2010 03:40 AM

Thanks for the kind comments all. Just came back home after the weekend. Going to see how much more I can get done this evening.

Jim – I know how the “on call” life works good luck this week. I am on call also. Though I am sure being the stork has a tad more pressure to it than the IT stuff. I will definitely be looking for your sled in the next James Bond flick. I am sure Q wishes he was alive to see :)

Brian – Thanks for the comments on laughter. I laugh at myself more than a little when I know that the neighbors probably can only see the soles of my tennies when I see something I think should be salvaged. I haven’t received any pocket change from them yet, but I am sure it is only a matter of time :)

Everything in my shop usually has to be tied to a justification. So any amount I save by recycling, doing it myself, etc. goes into my mental accounting books as a credit to offset the debit of my tool purchases. And this does not just apply to woodworking in general, but the overall spirit of doing it yourself. So, when i did my roof last summer, that justified a heck of a lot of tool purchases :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#10 posted 03-08-2010 04:00 AM

Gees…...thanks for the suggestion…...I think I’ll go break something in the house when Sherie isn’t home, let’s see, what would I need a big bandsaw for, well….....

I just may have to drop something really heavy on some of that Stickley furniture…............

Seriously, one of my first ‘real’ projects, after a set of book ends to get warmed up, is going to be a small end table, thin thing that sits next to one of the lounge chairs in my den. Sherie got it real cheap second hand many years ago for a smaller, and much less fancy den. There is some salvage oak in it, but it was never wonderful to start with, and it had been poorly repaired. I am sure I can claim that the legs can’t be cut with my toy bandsaw, and that will justify it. Can’t buy it till I got some room, unless I run across a real steal.

........and a money making suggestion for you….......find some sneakers with holes etc in them…....and then you will look more needy when dumpster diving…..........(-:

About to cut the sides for my router table mod. Must have the router table going when I do the stop block, as well as the miter arms for the sled. I got carried away with plans for the stop block system. What a great excuse not to make a real project…............(-:

Q is a tough role model…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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