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Project by corydoras posted 12-02-2012 04:05 PM 16345 views 47 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I had never ever scrollsawed in my life I decided to try this.
With no scrollsaw on hand and, not wanting to spend big money on a scrollsaw to try it I decided to try to make one.
Some google images later I came up with some ideas that started spinning in my head.
I did not have any plan but made things as the building progressed.
The only thing I had planed whas that it did not have to ha a very deep throat, and it was to be made from plywood scraps and misc hardware that i had laying around.

Throat depth turned out to be 410mm
Total height of the saw is 650 mm.

I have not yet built a stand for it as I dont know where to put it.
It might be on a pullout shelf, I dont know

I am sure some of you think that dont waste your time building one, when you can purchase a much better one for a small amount of money.
Well, I like building machines just to see if I can do it, and i am sure the low end scrollsaws out there outperform my homemade one, but just for the fun of it.

If I was to start scrollsawing for real, I would buy one of the shelf that would give me a better result.

I embedded a short video from when I tested it.

Dont laugh of my scrollsaw “moves”.... I am a firsttimer on this, or a scrollsaw virgin if you like.

<iframe src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/aarZOlch76Y” frameborder=”0” height=”315” width=”560”></iframe>

C

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#1 posted 12-02-2012 04:23 PM

Very nice. Great use of the toggle. On the contrary, home built tools are the best. You constructed it very well.
Great job. !!

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#2 posted 12-02-2012 04:32 PM

I LOVE it!!!

Very ingenious! I smile at the idea of using a old saber saw for power and I especially like the “quick release” blade changer. That is an interesting idea for the front ball bearing guides at the lower arm. Somehow I don’t think you’ll be getting a “store bought” scroll saw any time soon. That one works just fine.

Planeman

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#3 posted 12-02-2012 04:36 PM

Very Nice design and well executed build I must say. This one would definetely stand up to my entry level craftsman scroll saw and most likely out perform it from what I can see in the video. I paid roughly $105. for mine and this one had to be all but half of that

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#4 posted 12-02-2012 04:39 PM

Thanks for sharing. Well done

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#5 posted 12-02-2012 04:40 PM

Cant beat ingenuity

A great design,

jamie

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#6 posted 12-02-2012 04:47 PM

This is insanely creative ,so cool and so ingenious /

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#7 posted 12-02-2012 04:54 PM

That certainly looks like a well engineered saw. You should be proud of your effort and outcome. I’d bet it will out perform most, if not all entry level machines and then some.

Shop built is often better than factory made, as you can design your spec’s & requirements into it. Usually, there are trade offs between different models of factory made.

I have a feeling one of these are going onto my build list.

Well done!!!

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#8 posted 12-02-2012 05:26 PM

Love the build, love the craftsmanship, wish I had one.

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#9 posted 12-02-2012 08:00 PM

i guess you did create something from nothing and the price is right.

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#10 posted 12-02-2012 08:55 PM

Homemade > storebought, many a time :)

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#11 posted 12-02-2012 09:44 PM

Nothing wrong with that! Nice job.

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#12 posted 12-02-2012 10:02 PM

Great design, Yours out performs other homemade ones I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 12-02-2012 10:12 PM

well done :-)

Dennis

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#14 posted 12-02-2012 11:09 PM

Very creative idea.

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#15 posted 12-02-2012 11:42 PM

Outstanding job with design and build. I’m sure it would give the low-end Skil and Ryobi a run for the money.

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