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Scroll Saw Diaries #1: Scroll Saw Purchase

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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 03-24-2013 02:13 AM 1593 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been saving up some cash over the last two years to continue to outfit my shop. I have been waiting on a few tools, and finally purchased a scroll saw last week that came up on sale. She is an Excalibur Special edition with stand and foot control.
Sorry I am sick as a dog this weekend and can’t get out to do any photos, so pics from the net

I made a cedar shelf for the base from old fencing and I purchased Kathy Wise’s Intarsia for Beginners book. Have been drooling over some of the techniques and projects in there. Tonight I managed a coherent hour outside in the sunshine and did the cutting exercises in her book. I am good going straight but have trouble in the curves.
Hopefully it is my plugged up head and chest leading me off the lines.
More to follow

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"



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tomd

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 03:13 AM

Congradulations on your new machine, it looks like a beauty. Waiting to see your projects.

-- Tom D

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twokidsnosleep

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 04:20 AM

Thank Tom for the vote of support.
I am really in no shape to do much this weekend as it would be a bit dangerous and I need rest to get better so I can ski next weekend!
I have spent the last hour watcing hockey and reading Sheila Landry’s scroll saw lessons on here….great stuff
I’ve got lots to do!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Harmony

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 06:05 AM

You hasve a fine saw. I think you are going to enjoy getting to know it.

Dave

-- Dave, North woods, http://www.harmonycraft.etsy.com

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twokidsnosleep

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 03:47 PM

Thanks Dave, I really like the stars you make on your Etsy site.
I have been waiting to buy this specific saw for a while and when the package came up on sale I couldn’t resist. The saw is small enough and self contained so it doesn’t hog floor space.
I have a few other pieces of equipment that I am keeping an eye out for, some that won’t fit into my current space and electrical panel situation. I want to collect good solid equipment so by the time I retire (10-15 yrs) I am all set up.

Another plug for Sheila’s online scroll class
http://lumberjocks.com/scrollgirl/blog/series/4134

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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twokidsnosleep

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#5 posted 03-25-2013 02:40 AM

Had a fun day with kids and saw.
My daughter and friend made Easter eggs from a scrolled wooden egg and my son and I made bats, bears and some maple leafs.
The curves are getting better and I followed the instructions wrt blade size and speed…the blades that came with the saw are probably a 5 or 7 skip tooth in size so was pretty large in comparison to what Sheila was talking about using.
I also took off the foot and found I could see better.
I will do some pics after the paint dries

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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twokidsnosleep

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#6 posted 03-25-2013 04:19 AM

Paint is dry, MDF looks better painted
Not sure where I am going with that sad Maple Leaf, but I am liking the bat!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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