A big part of what I want to do in this house is build as much as possible by myself. Because of the size of what I am doing, I need very small lumber. You can buy wood the right size but it gets silly expensive for what you’re getting and…. I have a lot of scrap wood.
I had a scrollsaw. It was very old – not sure how old, but the Craftsman manual I found on the internet was pretty impressive in its old-ness. I figured out how to swap the blade, and found a blade (which I could only get at Sears and they had one choice in the store.). I was pretty excited to try it out and then…... nothing. It basically burned its way through 1mm of maple in 30 seconds.
So a little creativity later, I went shopping and got this.
I don’t have the space for more than this, or actually the money, but this I have now. It seemed to be pretty decent according to The Internet, especially since most of what I’m doing is pretty tiny.
I need to figure out how to adjust it just right. The reviews indicated that it will vibrate, but still cut solidly. It … er…. warbles… ? I guess. Drifts? I’m getting really good at making little trapezoids? I feel like I can’t make it any tighter, but it also feels like it needs to be tighter. I did get it “pretty good” but it is still a little… eh…..
The nickle is there for scale.
Is this sort of … texture…. common? The only other bandsaw I’ve ever used was a horizontal metal bandsaw. So I’m really new to this game. Do I need a different blade? If so – which one? (I have the 9” Ryobi from Home Depot.)
I like these little bits I cut off, though, even with the wave to them.
I was inspired by the blog post earlier today by Gary. I am going to turn these into little paintings.
The dangerous thing about doing this work is it becomes VERY easy to have a LOT of scrap piles. The nice part is I can use all of them. :-) Though actually, I’m pretty diligent about throwing out the non-usable pieces.
If I can manage to get this thing worked steady tomorrow I’m going to resaw like crazy.