my first power tool

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Blog entry by dionna posted 02-20-2010 04:17 AM 1123 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My husband got me my first power tool! (Well, second if you count my 12v drill). I got a Delta/Rockwell Homecraft Scroll saw. He started me off with over 30 blades… does he think I am going to go through that many until I learn how to maneuver properly?? I am looking forward to combining my pyrography with the scroll saw. Any tips I need to know about?
Hopefully I will have pictures tomorrow.

-- dionna, Mesa, Arizona

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#1 posted 02-20-2010 04:42 AM

Congrats on the scroll saw. I found scrolling to be very addictive and it was surprising on how fast I went through 30 blades…of course I’m a slow learner :-)

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 05:56 AM

Congratulations on your new power tool (and kudos to your husband on getting it for you). Don’t take the 30 blades personally :) Scrollsaw blades are thin, and they break and dull quickly. You will use a number of them if you work with hardwoods.


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

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#3 posted 02-20-2010 07:25 AM

congrat´s with your first powertool


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#4 posted 02-20-2010 02:47 PM

Dionna, it is always an exciting time when we add a new tool to our collection. Congratulations on the new saw. It sounds like your husband is a keeper. :)

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

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#5 posted 02-20-2010 09:25 PM

Wow, have fun with that!


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#6 posted 02-20-2010 09:35 PM

My best advice would be for you to get a good basics scroll book. This will cover all the essentials of using the machine properly, appropriate blade sizes for different work, various sawing techniques including compound sawing, inlay work and a whole lot more. A great reference to have if you want to get the most out of your new saw. might also want to buy some project patterns to get started. Scrolling is very enjoyable and you can even do joinery on it like dovetail and box joints if you want to make boxes and such, and it does these tasks efficiently too. Good luck with your new saw and have a lot of fun with it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-20-2010 09:42 PM

He saves alot of travelling time by buying 30 blades now than 3 blades at a time.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 02-21-2010 08:19 AM

Congrats on the new SS. It’s a great hobby. There are a gazillion tips. Main thing is try many different ways of doing different scrolling tasks and find what works best for you. Find a good spray glue you like. Mineral spirits sprayed on will take the pattern off when you are done cutting. Or tape your wood with masking tape and glue the pattern to that. An easier way to clean things up. Invest in a variety of small files, even emory boards and cheap nail files from the dollar store work great to sand a project with small areas. Find a good source for Baltic birch plywood. It’s the best for fret work and portraits. Visit Steve Goods site. He has a free pattern every day or so. Another great site for scrollers is: I subscribe to all their RSS feeds and read them in IE. Lots of tips and some free patterns. A great source for books, besides Amazon is
Hope this helps,

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#9 posted 02-21-2010 08:21 AM

congrats enjoy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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