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Forum topic by pashley posted 08-24-2013 03:08 PM 675 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2013 03:08 PM

Gentlemen, start your engines.

I am looking in the very near future a new scroll saw. I want a saw that I can do fine marquetry / inlay work with. I want one with plain, pin-less type blades. I am willing to spend upwards of $400. I want a good quality product, not something shoddy. I have looked all over for reviews, and am hearing mixed things. The DEWALT DW788 was my choice, but I’ve read that they were great saws when they were build in Canada, but now they are build in Asia somewhere, and the quality isn’t there. One guy complained of the rough machining on the main table, so bad that if you rub your veneer on the table, it actually sands it?! Can’t have that on fine woodworking, obviously.

So if you do fine marquetry / inlay work, and you’ve found a saw that you can really get behind, please let me know!

Thanks, guys!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 08-24-2013 03:25 PM

The Dewalt is a great choice my only modification besides better light is a zero clearance top made from laminate. I do very small work and the added support and the reduced friction are a great help.

-- Bad Crayon Studio

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 02:33 AM

Check out the Shipwrights Chevalet. It is the best saw I have seen for marquetry.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 08-25-2013 03:24 AM

The Dw788 is what I have. I have a Type 2 (Asia) and it fine. I think most of the quality problems occurred at the time od transfer from Canada (type 1) to Asia. Have not heard of newer complaints.

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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