My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #335: "I See the Light!"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-10-2011 01:01 PM 5705 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was very excited when I got to the post office yesterday and found that the light for my new saw had arrived. It was supposed to be sent to New York last month and either it got lost (gotta love the post office!) or just plain didn’t go out. In any case, I needed to reorder it and it has finally arrive.

In all the years I have been scroll sawing, I have never had a “proper” light. At one time I had the swing arm type of desk light, but I found that the vibration from the saw, no matter how little, caused the light to slightly bob up and down and change position. Fortunately, when I had that set up I had the saw stationed by a window and didn’t need to use it very often, as it was distracting to say the least.

In recent years, I have used an Ott light task lamp. These are the lights that are used frequently by people who do painting and needlework and they have a 13 watt ‘true light’ bulb. The model I have is small, and I had attached magnets onto the bottom of the lamp so that it will stick onto the table of my scroll saw. With the DeWalt, I had a tear-drop shaped table, which tapered in the rear. This set up did OK for most of my smaller projects, but I admit it did get in the way of the larger ones, as swinging the project around to cut frequently caused the need to move the lamp. It certainly wasn’t an optimal situation.

I began looking in earnest for a light for my DeWalt saw several months ago, and that is when I was informed that the lamp that was typically made for it has been discontinued and for the first time I had heard that the saw may also be next in line. This was when I really started considering another type of saw.

In any case, my lamp is here and it is the first time I will have the proper set up for working on the saw. It is an adjustable lamp with a magnifier. It has a very stiff adjusting neck, and mounts to the arm of the saw directly. The cord leads to the back of the saw near a motor, and the on/off module is magnetized so that it sticks to the back of the saw near the motor, keeping the cord out of your way while you work. Overall it is nice.

One thing I wasn’t crazy about was the little metal “u” clip that mounted it on the saw. The clip had one screw in it and at first, it seemed that no matter how tightly we attached it, it wanted to loosen every time we moved the lamp back and away from the front of the saw table. We were then forced to take the entire lamp off of the clip to once again tighten the screw. I put in a call to Ray from Seyco to see if there was an answer.

Ray returned my call very shortly and helped out with the positioning of the clip, which we had not tightened quite enough. We also decided to have the light attached on the right side of the saw rather than the left, which meant that the motion of lifting up the lamp wouldn’t be as likely to loosen the screw up. So far it works well for us that way.

From New Excalibur Saw Pictures

The overall quality of the lamp is excellent. But both my partner and myself think that a little bit more time should have been spent on the aluminum bracket. Although this does work, we both feel that if there were two screws in place to hold it onto the arm of the saw, it would definitely eliminate any rotation whatsoever when repositioning the lamp. It would be a cheap fix and alleviate some frustration for customers.

The lamp itself is nice. It is about six inches in diameter and round. There is a magnifying lens in the center, which I probably won’t use. The little door flips up if you want to use it. I had tried to use a magnifier several years ago and didn’t feel comfortable with it, but I may give it another try. People say you like it or you don’t and since my eyes have changed since I had last attempted to use it, it may feel a bit more comfortable for me to use now.

From New Excalibur Saw Pictures

From New Excalibur Saw Pictures

I like having the choice of mounting it on the left or the right side, as it gives the user a choice for their personal preference. Even though I used to have my task lamp on the left side, I think that having the light source come from the right will help eliminate the shadow thrown off from the blower, which is located on the left.

From New Excalibur Saw Pictures

I finished drawing up a new pattern yesterday and will have some time at the saw cutting today. I will let you all know tomorrow how I like it and I will be better able to talk about how much vibration (if any) occurs while actually using the saw. I realize that my saw is not on the stand, and does have a little more vibration than it should because of the proximity of it, but I think it should do OK judging from the short trials I gave it yesterday.

I received my numbers from my main supplier yesterday, and it seems that we are doing very well with both my candle trays and Keith’s baskets. I still have a list of probably 30 or so more candle trays to make, and even though I have other projects to tackle, they are selling so well that I would be foolish not to develop the others that have both been requested and also that I have thought up myself. I will just have to find the time to weave the other ideas in between making new trays. My list of ideas is so very long, which is good for a designer, and I need to really push my production up a bit so that everything will be done in time for the fall and holiday seasons.

With that said, it is time to get to it. I am happy that things are falling into place so nicely and hopefully I will continue to be productive and creative.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 02:19 PM

Sheila , I bet had a grin from ear to ear like a kid in a candy store when you got your mail. For the aluminum bracket , You could drill a small hole adding a screw or take double side tape to the back of the bracket then screw it on . Have a good day

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 02:21 PM

We did have to drill the hole to make it slightly bigger in the bracket. I never thought of the double sided tape though, Dave. That is a splendid idea!

Thanks so much! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 05-10-2011 03:01 PM

congrat´s you have arived from the dark mittleage to this site of the inlighted informationage…. LOL
if it hadn´t been an aluminium bracket you cuold have used a magnetstribe

have a great day :-)


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#4 posted 05-11-2011 07:43 AM

Have you seen the new Lee Valley magnifying lamp? $35 on sale at the moment I believe. I have one on order and will pick it up later today.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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