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Dave White

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878 days ago

I have been practicing a bit with a 16” craftsman basic scroll saw that my wife bought me a few months back and after about 8 hours of total use, i found myself wishing it had more power and faster blade changing functionality.

I recently found a 20” ShopSmith Freestanding scroll saw for $40.00 on craigslist with some rust issues and a broken “o-ring” belt. I got out there and found it was in much better shape than described. It also looked much better in person than it did in the pictures. It seems to have no mechanical issues other than the broken belt, but arm movement is good and the variable speed motor still seems to run just fine.

The table surface had suffered some oxidation and the hold down arm and blade clamps were covered in rust as well as just about all of the exposed metal. I had to remove a dirt dobber nest from the underside as well.

Now that I have this, I’m pondering accessories to add-on extra functionality and make working with it easier.

I am thinking about grabbing a flexible magnetic base work lamp.

What other accessories are out there?


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doninvegas

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#1 posted 878 days ago

Get yourself a foot pedal you’ll be glad you did and they aren’t expensive.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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Dave White

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#2 posted 878 days ago

thats one I had been pondering as well. I have found myself reaching to turn the Craftsman off fairly often. Its not such a chore on the craftsman as its literally right there…

I can’t wait to get my belt in and get this one fired up!

Thanks!

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Bill White

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#3 posted 878 days ago

I think that you will find the SS scroller a well made tool.
Buy top line blades, maybe the scroller sanding strips that hook in like the blades.
I built an accessory table that sits on the main table that allows me to use more of a blade after the first contact area has dulled somewhat. It is attached to the main table with rare earth mags. Pop it on, op it off.
Doubles my blade life, and was made from scrap MDF that was shellaced and waxed.
You got one heck of a deal.
Did it have a dust blower? I rigged one that allows me to hook up the compressor turned way down to about 15 psi. Sure keeps the cut line clear.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Dave White

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#4 posted 878 days ago

So the table was just meant to allow you to use the blade longer? I take it just allows you to make use of the teeth higher up on the blade?

Do you have a pic? I’m interested in seeing it

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Dave White

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#5 posted 878 days ago

It has the blower and it seems to work properly when i move the arm via the knob on the side. I can’t tell if its as strong as it should be until i get the replacement belt in and have it running.

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Dave White

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#6 posted 878 days ago

also i think i’ll be upgrading to these blade blocks
http://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/catalog/scu_bladeblocks.htm

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Bill White

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#7 posted 878 days ago

Yep! The table allows my to use another area of the blade. Just an MDF top with ledgers on the edges to locate the table. Sorta mimics the shape of the table (just larger to allow for te ledger rails).
Sorry. No pics. Just think of another table sittin’ on top of the main one.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Dave White

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#8 posted 878 days ago

alright, i think i’ve got a handle on what you’re describing. what a great idea! thanks for sharing!

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Dave White

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#9 posted 877 days ago

:-( parts i need are backordered @ shopsmith. They have the belt and thats all i really NEED. I hope they’re willing to ship just that to me and let me re-order the rest in a week or so

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BilltheDiver

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#10 posted 877 days ago

When it comes to a light, I recommend getting a circular fluorescent with a magnifying glass in the center. It really comes in handy, and if the project isn’t small enough to need the magnifier, you still have a versatile light. Many saws have a hole already drilled for mounting these lights.

I also recommend throwing out the hold down. They are basically useless and just get in the way.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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Dave White

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#11 posted 867 days ago

have not gotten any accessories for it, but I did get the parts to fix it in yesterday. It took me about an hour to upgrade the blade blocks and put in the new belt. It was super easy and it works perfectly!!!

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Jim Finn

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#12 posted 867 days ago

What I do with my Hegner Scroll saws is: after the lower part of the blade dulls a bit I cut off the bottom 1/2” or so of the blade and reinstall it. Has the same effect as the MDF spacer on top of the table has. I do not know if your saw will accommodate a slightly shorter blade like this.

-- In God We Trust

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Dave White

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#13 posted 867 days ago

there seems like there would be plenty of play in the tensioner in the rear so it may be worth a shot. I’ll consider it, thanks for the tip!

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William

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#14 posted 866 days ago

I do a lot of scrolling.
The only “accessories” I use is a foot switch, which I don’t know how I could possibly live without, and good quality blades, which I can’t find locally so I order online by the gross.
The light is a good idea. However, I never found one that didn’t seem to get in my way. I placed my saw stand so that I’m right under one of my overhead lights and now have plenty of light without fumbling with an accessory light.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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kepy

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#15 posted 866 days ago

I’m not familiiar with that saw but sounds as though you got a great deal. I use a magnifier light on a rolling stand that I can use as a light or magnifier if needed. It is not attached to the saw so there is no vibration. I also have a freestanding box fan on a base that allows you to adjust the height. Placed behind the saw with a furnace filter taped to the front, it will collect a lot of the dust.

-- Kepy

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