|Project by Nate Meadows||posted 05-17-2012 01:16 PM||2313 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
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