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Project by totalrewind posted 03-06-2012 09:11 PM 3072 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got inspired by some old Roy Underhill plans I saw online and fashioned my own cordless-drill-powered scrollsaw out of junk I had laying around.

(If you know Roy, you know the original was powered very differently, so this is a complete re-engineering of the concept.)

If you want to tinker with your own, I’ve written up some step-by-step instructions and posted them online here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-scroll-saw-using-only-upcycledfree-mater

UPDATE:
Sadly, this took a topple during a move and got tweaked out of square before I could get much use out of it. Once I get into the new shop I’ll have to re-adjust it and do some projects with it. :)





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#1 posted 03-06-2012 09:50 PM

Looks very cool but I’ll stick with the powered one lol.

-- http://www.landwoodworks.com (L an D Woodworks)

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 10:43 PM

Hahaha, well as long as you can pull out at least one project with it, it will be considered as useable! :D

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 12:31 AM

Cool. One in my basement from previous owner made from a treadle powered sewing machine. I think I need to take a closer look at it.

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 12:41 AM

That’s really cool, your directions on instructables looked pretty simple to.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 05:31 AM

Dhazelton, I’ve been on the lookout for an old treadle base to build a lathe with. I wonder if I could use one to power my as yet motorless 30’s or 40’s Rockwell/Delta scrollsaw… hmmmm

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#6 posted 03-07-2012 03:03 PM

Thanks for this. Never saw Underhill’s article. Now I have both!

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 03:10 PM

thankĀ“s for sharing :-)

Dennis

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#8 posted 03-07-2012 10:18 PM

Ben – I would think the foot power would suit the jigsaw better, not as much torque needed. Unless it’s a little Driver Line type just for pens. That would be pretty neat.

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#9 posted 03-08-2012 02:38 AM

Well, I would like that scrollsaw up and running sooner than I really need a lathe. Was hoping to score a motor somewhere, but that would be just as good as far as I’m concerned

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#10 posted 03-08-2012 05:54 PM

Look on Craigslist for a free treadmill. The DC motors are great for little lathes since you can add a variable speed switch.

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#11 posted 03-09-2012 02:12 AM

I saw someone made a feed for their drum sander from the belt and motor from a treadmill, the variable speed would be great for that too. What size motor do most scroll saws use?

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#12 posted 03-09-2012 09:39 PM

They can get by with 1/4 hp probably. If you go to the OWWM site and go through the publications you can see what Delta or Craftsman recommended.

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#13 posted 03-09-2012 11:30 PM

Check out this scroll:

http://benchnotes.com/farm/farm.html

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