|Project by Rev. Jim Paulson||posted 12-10-2009 12:46 AM||12870 views||17 times favorited||20 comments|
A couple years ago I got the bug to build a foot powered scroll saw. I had already built a treadle lathe and a spring pole lathe and so I was up to the challenge. I was also into the Victorian scroll saw designs then and I incorporated some scroll saw/fret saw designs into the body of the saw itself. I had fun building this and I believe it will be great for cutting out inlay on period pieces. It was a challenge to design the mechanism here to get everything to work together. The blade clamping parts came from a small hand fret saw. I had to use an outrigger design to suspend a heavy duty spring so I could get the return action I needed from the pedal. The drive uses a free wheel ratcheting gear that I obtained from a bike repair shop.
I built the table out of particleboard, but I plan to replace it with a new one made out of walnut.
I hope you like it. It manages to catch someone’s eye whenever they enter my shop.