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Forum topic by Gary Roberts posted 08-24-2011 07:06 AM 2457 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2011 07:06 AM

Anyone use a manual scroll/fret saw instead of the powered type? In particular, the late 19th C type with the 12-18” throat?

Gary

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#1 posted 08-24-2011 07:25 AM

I gess you talk about the foot powered and by hand :-)

there is few L J´s that have build one

Dennis

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#2 posted 08-24-2011 01:41 PM

< raises hand>

I have a modern 20th century Sandvik. Does that count?

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#3 posted 08-24-2011 02:11 PM

I guess so. Maybe. Possibly.

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#4 posted 08-24-2011 02:30 PM

They work fine. I put my blade in to cut on the pull stroke and use it with a birdsmouth. They don’t hold the blade as tightly so you have to make sure to go easy with it.

Honestly, I don’t use it that much because I don’t often cut out stuff that fine. My coping saw and my bow saw get a lot more use. I picked it up a few years ago with some scrapers and stuff when a local hardware store cleared out all their Sandvik tools.

I thought about following along with Sheila’s class with it but have been too busy with other stuff.

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#5 posted 08-24-2011 02:41 PM

I use one all the time, but it’s called a jeweler’s saw in my business; same saw, different name. I mostly cut metal with mine, but with a “skiip tooth” or spiral blade it’ll cut pattern wax or wood as well. The deepest throat on my saws is a 9” though. Not much jewelry would require 18”.

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#6 posted 08-24-2011 03:22 PM

This one is like mine. Imagine a bright orange handle.

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#7 posted 08-24-2011 04:43 PM

I have one that looks just like the picture above. Don’t have any blades for it though. I also have a coping saw with a few spare blades.

The thing about these two saws is that I don’t know where they came from. Might have been my Grandfather’s perhaps.

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#8 posted 08-24-2011 07:56 PM

Gary what is your question and I still don´t know if we talk about one of these

or one of these

Dennis

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#9 posted 08-24-2011 09:46 PM

Apologies. I’ve got bronchitis and not thinking clearly.

I’m asking about the manual fret saw but also the foot powered type. I’ve been looking over some old books on fretwork and wondered if anyone still uses them. On occasion I see someone using a foot powered fret saw at demonstrations but can’t remember seeing anyone using the hand tool type.

Dennis… that fret saw and drill look great and very serious!

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#10 posted 08-24-2011 10:04 PM

Thank´s Gary :-) its one I wone on ebay a few weeks back
and I realy look forward to use it after a little TLC with love , then it will sing again :-)

everal poeple have build there own footpowered in wood like the iron one on the picture
but I gess is they either use it on shows or it was for the chalange of building one
beside if they don´t use a scrollsaw that much and wont use money on buying one
and then you have the galoots :-) that wont alowe electronkillers in the shop
and want to work like a gentleman …...... in silence

Dennis

Edit : the handsaw fret/coping/juveleresaw is still used by alot of woodworkers
some even use it to cut dovetails with and remove the majority of the waste with it

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#11 posted 08-24-2011 10:07 PM

CR1 the footpowered hasn´t a motor its a little heavy wheel to ceep it running
for a while so you can rest the foot/legg a little :-)

Dennis

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