I managed to sell my old scroll saw the same day Guy Pal put the down payment on the new saw. It’s a cheap Harbor Freight saw, but it comes with a decent supply of blades, the original box, the paperwork, and a sturdy stand. I good friend of mine pounced on it when I offered it to him at $45. This money will go directly into guy pal’s pocket to start paying off my new saw. I was going to put it on Craigslist for 50, but I do still have lots of fond feelings toward this saw. I made toys on it for this friend’s kids and his then 3 year old who was interested used it with me several times. I want my old saw to go to a home where it will be as well loved and cared for as it was with me.
Dan and his wife are very laid back parents and they trust me to keep the kids safe in the garage. No one is allowed to touch ANYTHING without getting permission and they’re only allowed to use tools, even a screw driver, if I’m there helping. Their oldest son is 5.5, the middle son just turned 4, and the youngest is 2.5 years old. The middle kid just LOVES working in the garage. The oldest is scared of the sound and the safety warnings and the youngest just doesn’t have the fine motor skills to be allowed to use more than sand paper yet. He does LOVE getting to sand his own toys. I can’t say I mind him helping with that at all! It’s quite the time saver for me. With the middle kid, I’d let him stand in front of me at the saw and hold onto the board to help guide the cuts on toys I was making. I always kept my fingers in closer between his little hands and the blade. I think using my scroll saw may just be this little boy’s favorite thing to do. I’ve got several masks and goggles with the straps tied up short so they fit the kids. It’s so cute when they get all decked out in their safety gear and restate the rules to me before we turn on the power strip.
I couldn’t be happier that my old saw is going to a home where it’ll make toys for my favorite 3 kids and fiber arts tools for Dan’s wife, a spinning and knitting buddy of mine.
Also, as I was cleaning up my saw and waxing the table for the last time, I noticed a wonderful feature on the support table. It has two magnetic strips. One of them faces the user. The spare blades stick really well on there and it makes a great spot to keep a couple of your most used sizes on hand for quick changes. I wish I’d discovered this when I was still using the saw! I guess I”ll have to use some of that magnetic tape my brother gave me for Christmas on the new stand when it arrives.
Here’s my old saw ready for it’s now home. I told Dan to pick it up Friday so that I can still use it just in case I need a scroll saw in the meantime and it’ll be moved out just in time for it’s big brother to be moved in!
-- -Kim, Peyton, CO