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My Wife Makes A Pumpkin Door Hanger On The Scroll Saw

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 09-27-2015 01:27 AM 1437 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdAK5fz7n3A

My wife has picked up the scroll saw in the last year. She expressed an interest in scrolling so I bought an entry level Shop Fox 16” scroll saw for her. She’s made plenty of things including the pumpkin door hanger for our front door shown in the picture below. She saw a similar thing at a store, took a picture of it, and made one of her own at home. She has had 7 or 8 orders from people wanting her to make one for them in the last month. I recorded the process of one of them. I think she did great. #womeninwoodworking

She’s actually been doing quite a bit on the scroll saw. She’s getting better with every project and even making some money doing it. I told her if it keeps up, we can think about selling the one we have and upgrading to an Excalibur next year when we get our tax returns. She’s currently using pinned blades. The scroll saw comes with an attachment for pinless blades, but it is such a pain to do any fretwork with them because the attachment falls off when you loosen the set screws that hold the blade in when moving to the next hole in the work-piece. You have to use an allen wrench to do this as well. I bought some Flying Dutchman reverse tooth blades when we got it, but it’s a shame we’re not even using them. The table is super small, too, and a lot of the stuff my wife has been making is big. The big table on the Excalibur would be awesome.


-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9



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RussInMichigan

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#1 posted 09-27-2015 11:13 AM

Your wife did great work, there Chris. She will be limited by the saw. A 16 inch scroll saw makes it tough to do many sign and plaque projects. I primarily use two scroll saws, both Excaliburs, the EX-16 and the EX-30. The 16 is great for demonstrations and it is conveniently sized to be able to reach the tension adjustment at the back of the saw. I also like the 16 for its portability. I take it shows and demonstrate principles and techniques with it. The 30 is big and heavy, but it is a necessity for many larger projects. I make large jigsaw puzzles, wedding guest book puzzles, for instance, and I use the 30 to break the puzzle blank down so I can finish the cuts on the 16. They work real well in conjunction.

Thanks for sharing your wife’s project.

Have a great day.

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Chris McDowell

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#2 posted 09-27-2015 11:31 AM

Thanks for your input, Russ. I greatly appreciate it!

Wow, I didn’t know there was a 30 inch scroll saw. That’s big! I knew about the 16” and the 21” Excalibur saws. It’s the 21” I’m looking at. She makes these big monograms for people and they barely can be cut on the 16” we have, which is why I’m looking at the 21”. I’d like to get into scrolling more as well, but have been lacking motivation due to how tedious it is to deal with blades on ours. The way the Excalibur arm moves up out of the way so that you can access the next hole in a matter of seconds is pretty amazing. I showed my wife and even she was basically drooling at how nice it would be. Also, using the reverse tooth blades helps with tear out on the under side so it will be awesome to avoid some of the sanding corners we have to do.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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kepy

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#3 posted 09-27-2015 01:41 PM

Very nice work. The DeWalt and Delta (clone of the DeWalt) and both medium priced saws that will do what you want. Both have lift arms for top feeding. Saw an ad on Amazon for the Delta at $399. In the higher priced saws like the Excalibur is the Hawk which also comes in larger sizes.
Your wife would be extremely happy with any of the better saws as using the plain blades allows much more variety and ease of cutting.

-- Kepy

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RussInMichigan

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#4 posted 09-28-2015 01:00 AM

Chris,
You will love the EX-21. It is big enough to do substantial sized projects and yet small enough that you can cart it around if needed. I also have a 26” RBI Hawk and Craftsman 24” scroll saws, but I see the Excalibur as the best scroll saw on the market. I’ve worked with Hegner and DeWalt, too, but they pale next to the Excalibur.

Good luck.

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#5 posted 09-30-2015 12:40 AM

Nice work. Some good scrolling going on there

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#6 posted 10-01-2015 12:02 AM

Your wife’s pumpkins came out very well! The scroll work was great, and I really liked the 3-D design of the pumpkins, and the painting and shading.

-- Dean

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Chris McDowell

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#7 posted 10-02-2015 09:53 AM



Very nice work. The DeWalt and Delta (clone of the DeWalt) and both medium priced saws that will do what you want. Both have lift arms for top feeding. Saw an ad on Amazon for the Delta at $399. In the higher priced saws like the Excalibur is the Hawk which also comes in larger sizes.
Your wife would be extremely happy with any of the better saws as using the plain blades allows much more variety and ease of cutting.

- kepy

Thanks for the info kepy! I’ll look into the Hawk. Never heard of them. I have a friend who has the DeWalt and he says it is great, but that he would love to upgrade. I’ll see what the funds look like when it cones time to purchase. If the funds are what I expect, then I’ll just spring for the Excalibur and call it done once and for all.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#8 posted 10-02-2015 09:54 AM



Nice work. Some good scrolling going on there

- Roger

Thanks Roger! She’s getting better with every project. I need to start doing some scrolling too.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Chris McDowell

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#9 posted 10-02-2015 09:55 AM



Your wife s pumpkins came out very well! The scroll work was great, and I really liked the 3-D design of the pumpkins, and the painting and shading.

- Mean_Dean

Thanks! Yeah, it’s cool how it looks 3D. I don’t know if she had ever painted that way before or just figured out what to do. Anyway, it came out great.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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