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Forum topic by ldl posted 02-26-2012 01:54 PM 2362 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ldl

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02-26-2012 01:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: scroll saw modifications tip

After posting this project on a prop for my Dewalt SS arm (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/60970) I was informed by Godofbiscuits of a diff support for the arm. On looking at it and also seeing it on Steve Goods link I decided to build my own. I used a 10g x 1 1/2 x approx 18” piece of sheet metal and drilled and slotted it for the support. I believe a 1” wide piece of metal would have been sufficient but the sheet metal was given to me so I used it like it was. I like free. The only diff is Steve used the top bolt on front of arm and I mistakenly used the bottom but it makes no diff that I can tell. For the slot I drilled 4 holes close together and took my dremel tool and ground out the middle. The spring I bought had two in a pack and I found was a little week so I had to use both of them. I will go back later and get a stronger spring so as to use only one. Cost to me was $3 for the springs and $4 for the longer bolts, washers and lock nuts.

I used the saw this weekend and the support made all the difference in the world in the operation of the saw. I no longer had to put the prop I made under the arm each time I changed the blade to a new hole. I just raised it up and it stayed. I then changed the blade and reached up and easily one brought it back down.

I agree with Godofbiscuits that it should be standard equip on the Dewalt saw. If you have a Dewalt 788 or similar saw this is a most needed modification IMHO.

This is the link to Steve Goods video. You have to go to bottom of the site to see the video. http://scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.com/2010/10/jim-dandy-products-easy-lift-and.html

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -


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ldl

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 03:00 PM

Did I say something wrong with this post? I am rather new here so if I did do something wrong here please let me know.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 07:44 PM

you didn’t say anything wrong, just not too many of us scrollers on the site sometimes.

Your arm looks great! I don’t have a dewalt, but I like what you have done with it.

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 12:44 AM

It had me wondering for a while that maybe I had broken some written or unwritten rule when no one responded after 158 views. Glad it ain’t so. Feel better now.

Thanks for the comment.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 01:04 AM

Glad to see you found a solution. Wlcome

-- Norman

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#5 posted 06-10-2012 06:18 AM

Steve Good does another excellent video on how to install this simple product….............

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 07-01-2012 03:13 AM

I looked at the Bigfoot drop down arm but didn’t like the fact that you have to swing it down and up each time. With the lever such as I have you only have to push up the arm and it stays then pull it down again.

I saw where Bigfoot has designed another arm similar to what I have and can be seen on Steve’s place. I still like my arm better though. One reason is it was free but the other reason is for me it werks better I think.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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