Workshop Development #38: A Craigslist mini gloat, and one of the pieces of equipment I wasn't planning on but...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-22-2012 08:44 AM 1768 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 37: Hunting and gathering for electrical and insulation work. Part 38 of Workshop Development series Part 39: Uh oh... Where to put the scroll saw? »

The “wood” holiday decor that LOML loves so much falls apart after one or two seasons… And she wanted me to make better ones NOT made out of pressed cardboard… So I needed a scroll saw…

I tried to snatch up a Delta that looked good in the pics, but the owner never did respond to me, so I assume he sold it…

This morning, a quick check of CL showed an older Dremel 1671 2 speed saw, with a cast iron base, and cast (aluminum, but cast) table. It is good and dirty, but no real signs of wear. Just lots of storage crud, dust, etc… caked on to it… Well I picked it up for a measly $60.00, grabbed a couple of packs of Bosch blades, and brought it home, and tried it out.

First things first, it cuts great, when you put the blades in right (don’t ask).

Not sure how the blower thing a ma jig works. Anyone that has one of these feel free to clue me in on that!

The plastics are a bit sun faded, but some Krylon and nice black is back on them, or at least getting there…

Anyway, here’s the pics of it so far… The last pic is a good example of the nasty gunk I need to clean off of it…

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 08:47 AM

Great find!

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David Craig

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 10:49 AM

Nice score db. I like the base, looks like a nice lilttle filtered vacuum port there. Mine has a dust blower as well. Nice to put a little distance away from your blade so the cut line on the work isn’t obscured by sawdust. As far as the blades go, my favorite ones are the reverse tooth because it doesn’t matter which way I install the blade, the teeth are the same either way :)

Congrats on the new tool,


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

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 05:17 PM

I had an old Dremel that was made of sheet metal… might have been more useful as a vibrator. I bought it way back in the 70’s. Think I finally gave it away. Yours looks much better made.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 07:10 PM

Yeah… I was watching for a cast model. This thing runs like a sewing machine.

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 07:45 PM

Nice score !!!

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 07:56 PM

Sweet find.

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 08:03 PM

I’ve got one very similar that I bought of my father-in-law several years ago. The only difference I see is mine has a lever at the back end of the arm to release the lock rather than the knob you have. I don’t get much action on the blower tube.

It works well for me. I put a piece of carpet padding underneath it to dampen any vibrations, seems to help a lot.

-- Fergie in CO

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 06:42 AM

Wonderful find

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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