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    I was channel surfing tonight and I actually found a TV program on scrollsawing. It was created from American Woodshop. They covered some basic scrollsawing techniques & they even mention Fox Publishing. I did some hunting on the web and I found a link to their website. The show that I watched is episode 1812 on Scrollsaw gifts. This show can be viewed on their website...

    WBGU-PBS: American Woodshop
    Website:
    www.wix.com/tangowooddesign/home-page
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    Thanks Tango, I was planning to watch Scott yesterday, but life had other things on the menu.
    Did not realize he had a web site with the episodes......now thanks to you I know.
    Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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    • #3
      I saw that a few weeks ago as a re-run on PBS. It was interesting to watch his extra safety steps of unplugging the saw each time he switched holes...LOL
      "Still Montana Mike"

      "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
      Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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      • #4
        Originally posted by wood-n-things View Post
        I saw that a few weeks ago as a re-run on PBS. It was interesting to watch his extra safety steps of unplugging the saw each time he switched holes...LOL
        "Interesting" - you are being kind in using such a 'soft' adjective to describe an emotional response. The words that come to my mind are 'crazy' or 'nuts' but mostly I am thinking . . . . . this guy has got WAY to much time on his hands.

        I have been cutting since about 1994 and I think I have "cut" my finger maybe 2 times. (Okay, if I count all the little nicks on the finger 'nail' I would push it up to 40 or 50 - but, isn't that why we have fingernails???? ) The last time I cut my finger [about 2 or 3 years ago] I was being frustrated because the blade was dull; I was pushing too hard and it finally told me it had enough - it broke and stabbed me just for good measure. I think you have to work hard at trying to get cut using the scroll saw. On the other hand, there have been more than a few occasions when I have unplugged my table saw when changing the blade. In fact, when I think about it, I think I do that nearly every time.



        John
        I've Got A Lot More To Learn
        About Leaving Battlegrounds Alone
        "~~ Molly Venter

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        • #5
          Thanks for the link Tango. We stopped watching regular TV years ago (we watch DVD's and steaming from the net only) so I really like it when an Website is found with the shows on it. Any more you find I would love to see.
          Hawaiilad
          Larry

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          • #6
            I agree. I always unplug my bandsaw and table saw and router when changing cutting surfaces blade or bit. It is rare indeed when using the scroll saw that one of us gets injured (via the scroll saw) and combined we must have millions of hours of use.
            "Still Montana Mike"

            "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
            Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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            • #7
              Originally posted by wood-n-things View Post
              I saw that a few weeks ago as a re-run on PBS. It was interesting to watch his extra safety steps of unplugging the saw each time he switched holes...LOL
              I was wondering who would be the first to mention this safety tip
              My first thought was that it was a little extreme, but than I started thinking about the saw. I believe the old yella has the power switch on top of the arm. This could be easily hit when switching the blade, so maybe the extra safety is needed.
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              • #8
                I think the reason for him to unplug the scroll saw was purely a CYA situation, especially being on TV and not knowing who is watching. Some people are, shall we say very litigious.
                Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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                • #9
                  I'm sorry, but, I don't unplug my Scrollsaw any time while changing blades. If I did, it would take me forever to finish a project. I just use common sense & most other power tools I do unplug for changes. It just makes good sense. A scrolls saw is not going to do any damage, unless you have the variable speed wide open & then you have to turn it on somehow, to get hurt. OK, enough of that. We do need safety.
                  PERK

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ubgoofy2003 View Post
                    I'm sorry, but, I don't unplug my Scrollsaw any time while changing blades. If I did, it would take me forever to finish a project.
                    Hey Perk - I agree 100%. I viewed this show right after I got back from our Woodworker Guild meeting. We had a demo on using Routers. The presenter always unplug the router before he changed the bit. It made me think about safety in a new way. I do believe that different tools need different safety precautions.
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                    • #11
                      I brought home quite an attitude of safety from my career (which my family enjoys ribbing me about) but agree that unplugging the scrollsaw every time you change the blade was a bit much - so I installed an extra switch for my saw that is fastened to the bench - when changing holes just the bench switch is turned off - when changing blades both the bench switch and the machine switch are turned off. Easy to do - works fine - no pain at all .....


                      Jay

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                      • #12
                        Hi everyone,

                        Tango, thanks for the link, I enjoyed watching that episode.

                        Can anyone identify the font that Scott is cutting out???? I did the DAFonts site until my eyes about stsarted to bleed and I still had no luck finding it. I have a birthday gift in mind for my 2 year old nephew and I think that font would work real nice.

                        BE WELL my friends. Thanks for any help.
                        Rick
                        Just because the circus left town, doesn't mean the Monkey's off your back

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Wood Dog View Post
                          I think the reason for him to unplug the scroll saw was purely a CYA situation, especially being on TV and not knowing who is watching. Some people are, shall we say very litigious.
                          I agree with the CYA comment. With all the sue happy people there are

                          you can't be to careful. Common sense would indicate unpluging a scroll saw

                          to change blades or to thread the blade for another cut isn't neccessary.

                          I started my grandson on a scroll saw when he was about eight years old.

                          I believe a scroll saw is just about the safest power tool there is.

                          Can you imagine how long it would take and how many cord caps and

                          recepticals you would wear out if you cut lots of fretwork? WOW!!!
                          Stoney aka Al

                          This gettin old stuff ain't for sissies!

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