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01-02-2014 06:20 PM

My new DW788 arrives Saturday and of course I’d like to jump right on it. Since I use my tablet extensively I was thinking this might be a good first project. What say the more experienced among us?

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 08:40 PM

While we are waiting for replies from the more experienced scroll sawyers among us may I ask ,do you already have a few good quality blades? what sizes/brand ?

-- Ken from Ontario

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 08:41 PM

distrbd, no blades but I read about the recommended set to buy on the blog you sent me.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 10:21 PM

I would order the following blades from Mike(Flying Dutchman blades) until you decide what works best for you.

FD-P No. 2/0 3 doz,
FD-P No. 3 2 doz
FD-NS No. 3/0 1 doz

-- Ken from Ontario

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 03:31 AM

Congrats on your new 788. I’ve had mine since ‘04 and love it. If you’ve never scrolled before, I would practice on something else other than the tablet stand. You’ll want to get a feel for the saw and scrolling in general. It’s actually quite a slippery slope and I got on it 25+ yrs. ago with a Dremel Moto Shop. As for blades, I agree with Ken that FD blades are top notch. I would get in touch with Mike @ mikesworkshop.com and consult with him and possibly get a sampler from him. I have a selection of about 20 or so different blades and sizes. Depending on the project, you will want different blades. Thinner woods require smaller blades and larger blades for thicker woods. It’s also going to depend on the wood. I would get the sampler and see what works best for you.

Hope this helps,
John

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 03:38 AM

Congrats….I received my D788 and the stand a week ago. All assembled and waiting for the blades I ordered to come in. The two that came with the saw aren’t the best. Great to practice with but that’s it. To help my old eyes, I also bought a magnifying light from HF. I seen it here in the reviews and bought it. Makes a world of difference…Check it out

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3670

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 07:47 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. I will keep everyone up to date. Now that I’ve given up religion and politics I have to come up with something else to post. Could be difficult…renners and others are betting against me.

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 04:02 PM

Great saw…I must have mine 20 years or so…never a problem.
Mike at Flying Dutchman is a great guy, with great blades. He sells an assortment, which is good for beginners.
You can call him, and he will help you with blade choice.
If you are going to do fretwork, you will need drill bits that are smaller in diameter than 1/16”. Mike sells them too.
Enjoy your new toy…it’s my favorite tool.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 04:17 PM

Enjoy your new toy.

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 06:51 PM

+1 on Mike’s Workshop- I’d get the FD sampler to start and drill bits. I find a magnifier/light to be more than useful. The DeWalt will spoil you. If you don’t have them then I would recommend a good book or two on scrolling- most have full size patterns in the back that you can print out and attach to your project wood. Also, look at Sheila Landry’s (aka Scroll Girl) blog entries. We have a goodly number of really amazing scrollers on site. I’m always blown away by the creativity on display…...........Wes

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 06:59 PM

renners and others are betting against me.
At least hold out until February 12th. That’s the date I’ve got in the pool. ($2 pick is going to make me a grand. I can feel it!)

If you haven’t used a real scrollsaw yet you’re in for a treat with the Dewalt. One of the resident experts (Sheila) has a series of quick easy classes that are worth at least a read, if not a work-through.

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 01:57 AM

The baby arrived early…

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 02:07 AM

What are you waiting for? It only takes 5 minutes to assemble and they give you a couple free blades somewhere in the box. Start scrolling.

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#13 posted 01-04-2014 02:08 AM

Very nice, congrats!

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 03:29 AM

Congratulations on your new toy! I’ve had my 788 since 2005 and have used it only for accents on pieces I’ve built so far. I bought a good range of blades from Mike when I first got the saw. I keep saying I’ll do more scrolling but stay busy with larger projects, darn it!!!

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 03:37 AM

Looks like a fine machine DKV, congratulations!

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