Homemade Scroll Saw

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Project by sumtertius posted 04-25-2014 03:18 AM 5137 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

October 2013 is when I first seen Intarsia online. I had to try it out but you need a scroll saw which I did not own at the time. My wife said to ask santa for one. Ha Ha! Well I show her. I just build my own! Out of solid oak, a generic jig saw( Thanks Father-in-law) and a few long nights in the shop, I finally finished her. She lasted about a month. Upper arm split right down the middle. So I bought a craftsman on sale(from Santa). That homemade scroll would cut through the thickest, hardest exotics out there, probably the reason it broke. Oh well, life goes on! Keep Scrollin’

-- The Knothouse of Dubois, Pennsylvania,

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#1 posted 04-25-2014 10:48 AM

hey, pretty cool!! do you have a video that its working?

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#2 posted 04-25-2014 11:32 AM

That is fantastic. That is so much like the treadle powered one in old town Williamsburg, VA. I lust love it. Nicely done.

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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#3 posted 04-25-2014 02:22 PM

I like your spirit! Keep your “eye on the prize” and you’ll get there one way or the other.


-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#4 posted 04-25-2014 03:24 PM

hmmmm…. why didn’t you just fix it. I’ll be a laminate of ply and oak would have resolved that issue.

Nice work…

Too bad you didn’t go for the dewalt or excalibur, you would be amazed at the difference.
I got my Dewalt for 85 at a garage sale. A little sanding of the plate and all was good.

Start looking at garage and estate sales as well as online, obviously you are hooked.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 04-25-2014 03:27 PM

Very creative!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 04-25-2014 03:31 PM

Thats very cool ! I am amazed at what some folks are able to do.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#7 posted 04-27-2014 05:16 AM

Nice work on the saw. Oak splits easy so if you decide to fix it, and I hope you do, maybe choose another wood.

-- Rick M,

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