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My Scroll Saw – Jig-Saw Powered

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Project by steliart posted 06-07-2017 12:46 PM 2696 views 7 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Scroll Saw – Jig-Saw Powered
So I decided to give a try and make my own scroll saw.

Before I do that I made my own research watch lots of videos, learn a few things, look at my options and as always I first did my 3D design.
The scroll saw was build entirely from Baltic Birch plywood, only screwed not glued and the base is just a piece of melamine.

I was puzzled a bit with the direction I was going to use, a parallel arm drilled powered or a jig-saw powered one and the second was more appealing to me as I had a jig-saw with a broken head that I could use for it.

One common problem most have was the vibrations so I came up with a design idea that will cut down those in good way. My design is based to two independent constructions to eliminate as much as I could the vibrations from the jig-saw and the blade arm… so this is what I came up with…

The only problems I faced was first to get the right blade tension and the blade holding system.
The tension was easily fixed by using a strong tension spring.

For the lower blade holder I used two jig-saw blades cut to size one shorter than the other and with a cut for the blade pins to hook inside and fit on the Jig-saw it self.

For the upper blade holder I used a piece of very strong resin board and also I made a cut for the blade pins.

And yes I know the blades I have are rubbish but those are the only ones I could get here for a ridiculously expensive price 12 pieces in total of various numbers for $17 and are useless … Ohhh Well what to do!!!

Thank you for watching
Always open to suggestions for improvement
Stelios AKA Steliart

P.S.: I did an upgrade putting a fine adjustment tensioning system, just to get that right fine pitch on the blade. !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 06-07-2017 01:37 PM

GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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steliart

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#2 posted 06-07-2017 01:40 PM


GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER


WoW !!! Thank you Tony :) !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#3 posted 06-07-2017 02:06 PM

steli you always impress me with your ability to innovate,you have a problem or a need and fix or create whats needed.here in the states were spoiled,if we need a tool we just go out and buy it.nice work buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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tyvekboy

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#4 posted 06-07-2017 02:14 PM

Nice design. Great homemade tool.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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steliart

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#5 posted 06-07-2017 02:21 PM



steli you always impress me with your ability to innovate,you have a problem or a need and fix or create whats needed.here in the states were spoiled,if we need a tool we just go out and buy it.nice work buddy.

- pottz


Pottz buddy thank you for your kind words… as I say in my profile quot necessity is the mother of inventions my friend !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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steliart

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#6 posted 06-07-2017 02:23 PM



Nice design. Great homemade tool.

- tyvekboy


Thank very much Tyvekboy :) !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#7 posted 06-07-2017 02:48 PM

Very good work, either woodworking and engineering. I tried with this myself also, but, find it too load to work with, so I ended up with real scroll saw. On the other side, making such maschine, makes me very happy, I bet you enjoyed too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 06-07-2017 02:53 PM

Nice build, alot of obstacles to overcome but it works!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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steliart

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#9 posted 06-07-2017 03:26 PM



Very good work, either woodworking and engineering. I tried with this myself also, but, find it too load to work with, so I ended up with real scroll saw. On the other side, making such maschine, makes me very happy, I bet you enjoyed too.

- majuvla


thank you Ivan… yes i did enjoy designing and building it, also to overcome those obstacles i faced. Buying the real thing was not an option to me some crappy models i saw with poor construction and cheap materials cost 200 euros… so I had to give it a try and I’m sure there is place for improvement in the future after I but it to real work !!! LOL !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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steliart

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#10 posted 06-07-2017 03:27 PM



Nice build, alot of obstacles to overcome but it works!!!

- woodbutcherbynight


woodbutcherbynight thank you so much for visiting and commenting :) !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#11 posted 06-07-2017 07:27 PM

This is a nice shop-made machine and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 06-07-2017 09:55 PM



This is a nice shop-made machine and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

thank you so much Charles !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#13 posted 06-07-2017 11:17 PM

Bet it will do the job, you certainly did a first class job.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 06-07-2017 11:30 PM

Great job on the jig Stelios and congratulations on your top 3 award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 06-08-2017 03:08 AM

Where there is a will there is a way and you showed it to us with this nice little shop made machine .
It’s very enjoyable to watch the post on how you went about it .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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