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Project by Nate Meadows posted 05-17-2012 01:16 PM 2176 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently received my first scroll saw, an Excalibur 21 from a very dear friend at General International. The last scroll saw project I did before that was on my guitar in high school but I understand the mechanics of it. I have done alot of hand scroll saw work as well. I also know that vibration on just about any machine is bad. So I built a sand trap out of some Curly Walnut and Curly Maple that I had laying around. (I believe tools should be beautiful as well as functional. After all you have to look at them for the rest of your life!)

I also built a table that sits under that saw out of 1/2in Baltic Birch Plywood and 3/4 Walnut. This table as sawdust catcher so that it stays localized to the saw. Most importantly thought, it acts as a parts catcher. Sometimes I am cutting pieces out that are as small as a grain of rice. Dropping them on the floor is a “No Go”

Finally, I added 5 1/2in locking casters on to the stand to raise the saw up to a comfortable height. Now I don’t need to slouch down to cut or see. Also there are times I am cutting very large pieces so I am standing when I am cutting. This is the perfect height for both operations.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate





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MichaelAgate

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 01:22 PM

Beautiful Saw Nate. Matthew has an EX 16 on the way.

-- Michael and Matthew

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Nate Meadows

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 01:49 PM

Thank you Michael. Matthew will love it. I would strongly suggest getting the foot switch if you haven’t already. It provides so much more control.

Brentan will be up running here soon!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Bertha

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 02:00 PM

Great idea with the sand trap. I’m not a scroller but it seems like that method could extend to other tools. It is very well executed. Enjoy your new tool!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 02:12 PM

Nate: First, thank you for your service! Second, I agree that the 21” Excalibur is a great scroll saw (assuming that is implied in your post without being explicitly stated). Third, the vibration on this machine when properly adjusted is de minimus! The problem is the lack of information in the instruction manual; and, after research I tried to start some thoughts on such a tune up. If you’re interested, you might check the following: http://lumberjocks.com/HillbillyShooter/blog/28247. HOWEVER, you should check with your friend at General International to make sure any adjustments don’t adversely impact your warranty. Also, your friend would be in a position to correct, edit and/or improve on tips to tune up the Excalibur. I know the motor adjustment reduced initial vibration from objectionable to hardly noticeable. Best wishes and enjoy your new scroll saw.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 02:23 PM

Thank you Al! (O I will, and I have been :) )

Very Respectfully and Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 02:33 PM

Thank you HillbillyShooter for your comment! You are very kind. I should have been clearer:). Yes, I love my saw and the Excalibur is top notch. I also should say mine doesn’t need any adjustments. I have checked it with a micrometer and the blade runs vertically with no forward motion. When I mention vibration I just mean the vibration that is inherent in any mechanical woodworking operation. I am a detailist, even to the inth degree. Even the smoothest cutting saw creates vibration when it starts to cut into hard wood. The sand trap would, theoretically help minimize that vibration. It also allows for faster speeds with smoother results, again theoretically. But I am a believer:).

I have read about the adjustments though and it is good to know incase it ever needs doing. I like your suggestion about checking about the warranty though.

Very Respectfully and Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 04:12 PM

Again…I’m jealous…lol

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Nate Meadows

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 04:32 PM

Sorry Doc,

Wasn’t my intention:)! It is a great saw though. Although I think in the future I may need the 30.

Very Respectfully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#9 posted 05-17-2012 10:51 PM

Nate, that is great info. Thanks for sharing!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 05-18-2012 03:59 AM

You are welcome Philip, thanks for reading and looking:). And thanks for your encouragement.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Roger

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#11 posted 05-18-2012 11:27 AM

Sweet saw Nate. I know you’ll be pumpin out some more gr8 stuff with that baby.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 05-18-2012 12:22 PM

Thank you Rodger, I am working on it:). I will try and keep you posted.

Very Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#13 posted 05-18-2012 11:14 PM

Thank you for these great tips Nate. I especially liked the table idea to prevent sawdust from falling onto the floor and into the arm tilting gears. I’m not sure I need the sandbox, but I will certainly think about it too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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