Well, I actually was able to shoot a couple of short videos for you yesterday. I find that I feel much more at ease behind my keyboard writing than I do in front of the camera. I suppose that is natural, and I am sure with practice I will get better at it.
These are both showing some of the highlights of the new saw. The first one shows the general set up and highlights the tensioning of the saw. I want to stress the point that the knob on the back end of the saw is used to raise and lower the arm. In essence, it sets the distance between the upper and lower arm of the saw. Initially, this may need to be adjusted slightly to fit your blade in properly, but doing so too much will pull the arms out of parallel and cause poor blade fit. Once this is done in the beginning, there is little need to mess with it in the future.
Here is the first video regarding the basic blade installation and setting the tension:
The next video that I did was of me doing some basic cutting on the saw. I hope that it will give you the sense of how much time it takes to change the blade from hole to hole and also shows you the general smoothness of the cutting.
I am cutting two layers double stacked of quarter inch oak and I am using the size 2 reverse-tooth Olson scroll saw blade. (For those of you who I met in New York and gave blade samples to, I would love to hear from you as to how you liked working with them.)
In doing my project, I found the saw to be solid and smooth. It is much quieter than my DeWalt, and I found it very easy to follow my lines.
As far as vibration goes, due to the place where I have it, there is certainly some. I don’t however, believe that this is because of the saw. When we had it on the stand on the concrete floor at the show the vibration was nearly non-existent. I am sure that being on the stand is optimal, but even where it is the vibration is so little that I feel it is inconsequential.
Not only am I excited about the saw, but I also am getting quite excited about the new patterns I created for my submission to the magazine. I am finishing the project up today, as all the cutting is done and now I only have some shaping and assembly work to do, and then on to the next thing.
It is a pleasure to have such a wonderful work environment. Although my space is limited, I have excellent equipment and also a wonderful group of friends and advisers (you all!) who help make every day fun. Not to mention the board of directors (the cats!)
I hope you enjoy the short videos. They are not fancy or funny like Steve, but I do hope that they clarify things a little for you and give you a little bit more information. As always, critiques are welcome.
I wish you all a wonderful Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"