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BreakingBoardom

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1087 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question scroll saw skill

Have you ever started a project and then realized that you’re not skilled enough to complete it to how you would like it to turn out? I was starting a project that I postponed from about 5 months ago and even now I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it and get the results I want. I’m doing a scroll saw project and I don’t want to mess up some nice small exotics so I practiced on cheap stuff and I’m finding that it’s more difficult than I expected and I’m having doubts I can complete it to the standards I want.

Now, the scroll saw I have was given to me for free. It was covered in mud and missing some pieces. I cleaned it up but it’s still no beauty queen. I have to use a pair of pliers to turn it on as the knob is broken. The light and air hose are broken and gone. The blade clamps are slightly rusted. So, needless to say I’m not working with a top notch tool. Also, I have no training on a scroll saw or how to adjust it or anything. I don’t even know what blade I should be using.

Well, sorry for the rant but the question buried 2 paragraphs down here is, have any of you ever done a project where you weren’t skilled enough to do? And how did it turn out if you did complete it?

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/


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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 1087 days ago

Get on the Net & read & learn, Then Practise, Practise, & More Practise.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1087 days ago

I ALWAYS tackle WOODWORKING projects that I have insufficient skill to complete. You’ll make it happen. You’ll learn even more along the way. There are a lot of accomplished scrollers here that can help you with your equipment questions. I’m of no use to you there. I’m just here to say go for it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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crank49

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#3 posted 1087 days ago

If you say you can’t, before you start, then you are doomed to fail.
Just do it.
Even if it is not perfect, you will learn.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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BreakingBoardom

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#4 posted 1087 days ago

Thanks guys, I started on this last night and did get a pretty good start but I need to scroll saw some small letters and I think it’ll take quite a bit of practicing before I cut into the good wood. I have I think 3 different kinds of blades so hopefully one of them will work for the small letters.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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Bertha

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#5 posted 1087 days ago

Post the type of wood, thickness of wood, and type of saw. The scrollers here will have precise blade recommendations, no doubt.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 1087 days ago

I ALWAYS tackle projects that I have insufficient skill to complete

What kind of doc did you say you were, Al? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1087 days ago

^Charlie, I clearly specified “woodworking” projects; check my post ;) !!!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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BreakingBoardom

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#8 posted 1087 days ago

Well, I’m going to be using either Maple & Paduak, or Walnut & Paduak and they’ll be 1/4” thick each. The POS Saw I have is a Ryobi SC180VS I believe. It takes both pinned and plain end blades (according to the specs and manual). Right now I just have plain end blades. Any suggestions for blades from any of the scrollers out there?

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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Don W

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#9 posted 1087 days ago

If your not pushing the envelope, your not having fun!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 1087 days ago

LOL @ Bertha!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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rogerw

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#11 posted 1087 days ago

practice makes perfect. my first scrollsaw project wasn’t even close to pretty but i have gotten quite good at it although i don’t consider myself an expert my any means. but confident i am.

the internet is a wealth of information on both setup and use.

you’ll do fine. don’t let it scare you. it’s only wood!

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#12 posted 1087 days ago

check out sheilas class in scrolling

you can send her a pm too

http://lumberjocks.com/scrollgirl/blog/24198

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Elizabeth

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#13 posted 1087 days ago

I ask lots of questions, get as much information as I can, give it my best shot, and try to ignore the people who tell me I shouldn’t try or are sarcastic about my questions. My first bandsaw box was a near-complete failure. Looking forward to making my second!

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BreakingBoardom

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#14 posted 1087 days ago

Thanks Patron. Checking out Sheila’s class now.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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#15 posted 1087 days ago

started making a bedframe for a king sized bed this past winter. After some painful slogging away at it, and some expensive wood wasted, I realized that I just didn’t have the skill set, or patience yet to complete it. Was a blow to my ego, but I survived.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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