A Scroll saw for marquetry work

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Topic tags/keywords: marquetry scroll saw veneer

I am looking for opinions, pluses and minuses for a decent quality scroll saw to be used for marquetry. I really dont want to go high end for a Hegner, but I am guessing that the Dremel is probally on the other end of the scale.
I will most likely be looking for something used.
Not sure if I am going to like the marquetry process but I do enjoy inlay, so I am keeping an open mind. I have watched Paul Schurch video a couple of times, and altho I am not going that deep, I would like to accent my furniture with something the big stores dont sell.


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#1 posted 2185 days ago

for me a work of qualities is made with good modelled of machines .c is true that hegner rather expensive is put one S finds there as much in precision qu’ in smoothness of tavrail. is a machine which hard a long time C is made economies.

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#2 posted 2185 days ago

and there I thought the Dremel was a good buy.
I like my Dremel but then I’ve never used anything else so I can’t compare.

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#3 posted 2185 days ago

Personally, I have a Hawk, which is rather pricey, but I hear nothing but good about Dewalt’s model.


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#4 posted 2185 days ago

When I took Paul Schurch’s course the DeWalt was the machine of choice.
I, on the other hand, have a 2 speed Delta.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 2185 days ago

I, like Lee, have a Hawk. Love it. I’ve had a couple of cheap machines. Not even worthn the low price. Try Ebay. They sometimes have Hawk’s at bargin prices.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 2185 days ago

Check this out: Hawk

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#7 posted 2185 days ago

I too have a hitachi cw40 that replaced my dads old 1979 model dremel(still works just blades are spendy) I have to say I am impressed it works great. The only thing I don’t like is the light isn’t bright enough. I also added a foot switch.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#8 posted 2185 days ago

My wife and I have a Hitachi from Lowes and she has done some very nice work on it. I, however, am not quite so good at it.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#9 posted 2184 days ago

I picked up the Dewalt DW788 factory rebuilt two weeks ago. It looked brand new, I can’t tell it was rebuilt :) I am very happy with it but remember I have only had it a short time. I think I paid about $350 for it rebuilt.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#10 posted 2184 days ago

I’ve had my Dewalt about 4 years now and I am very happy with it. Nice, big and does everything a more expensive one can do.

I really like the short moving arms. It saws in more of a straight up and down motion than the saws where the entire arm moves.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 2183 days ago

I happen to love my Dremel… Of course that might be because I got it for nothing other than the cost to repair the control panel. :)

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 2175 days ago

If your marquetry is small you might want to consider a scroll saw made by the German company Proxxon who offer two sizes – one is a small model-making scroll saw (which I have) and the other is a larger scroll saw. You can price and view them at I have three scroll saws, each of a different size with the Proxxon the smallest. The smallest Proxxon saw is a precision machine that uses tiny jeweler’s saws. It is variable speed with a good range is and relatively quiet and steady. ALL scroll saws need to be bolted down to a somewhat heavy bench to deaden the vibrations of the vertical reciprocal motion. I find my little Proxxon ideal for things like cutting pearl inlay for musical instrument fretboards and precision model building. Its maximum cutting thickness is about 3/4” but its not made for that. For veneer work over 12” x 12” in size I would recommend something larger due to the capacity of the overhead arm.


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#13 posted 2175 days ago

I too am happy with my Delta its great for what I want,although I don’t use it regularly,I think it is a great machine.The Dewalt in my opinion has bcome sloppy in the maufacture of their stuff and hence overpriced. They are relying too heavily on their once good name.I bought a few of their things and was not impressed greatly at the price I paid although you must tremember their stuff is very expensive in the uk maybe not so in the U S A.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 2174 days ago

If you are looking for the absolute best scroll saw money can buy then this is the one for you. I traded in my second Hegner saw for one of these. This is an amazing saw with some very nice features other saw don’t have. The price has even come down since I bought mine. I have logged approx 5000 hours on mine without any problems.


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