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  • Newbie,Reborn

    Hello all
    Have been reading this site for a long time and just today decided to join.
    Plain OL Ed made up my mind by a thread that l read by him.That said toss out the hold down! I could never figure out how any one scrolled any thing larger that 1/2 to 3/4 inch so l gave up. But now Verrrrom l'm off again.

    Q- strange as it may sound but even when l wear ear plugs inside my high decsible protective ear muffs, there is a pitch of sound that gives me a headach.It hurts my head like finger nails on a caulk board or thin metal on wet glass.
    I have had my hearing checked,nothing is wrong ,just too sensitive l guess.
    Has anyone heard of this experience before?

    Well any how ,l have alot of questions to pose ,so i'm writting my list now in proper order.

    Thanks All

  • #2
    Welcome to the group Petal. I agree with Ed--throw out the holddown. It gets in the way and is impossible to use with delicate work. Just remember that reverse-tooth blades jerk the material up if you forget to keep the pressure on. Scares the heck out of me sometimes when I forget and relax my hold.

    Hope you enjoy the group. Lots of experience here and the advice, although conflicting at times, is usually good.
    Old Mooner


    • #3
      Petal, welcome to the group. Never heard anyone complain about a noise that bothered their ears while scrolling. Go to Maybe they can help. Could be something in your saw that needs lubrication. Good luck, Mick.
      Mick, - Delta P-20

      A smile is a small curve that straightens everything out.


      • #4

        Welcome to the site. First what kind of saw are you using?? Second why in the world are you wearing earplugs along with ear muffs. A good pair of ear muffs does not require any other hearing protection. You should not have to wear ear protection unless you are very sensitive to noise. I can't agree more with the others to elliminate the hold down. Learn to use all your fingers when holding down the piece and spinning it. By all means get your list together because I like most others here are willing to help.
        John T.


        • #5
          Good advice from Mick about .
          Probably the best scroll sawing help site on the internet by a person (Rick Hutcheson) that really knows his stuff.


          • #6

            Hi Petal, welcome to the board.

            You say you have a problem with headaches, certain pitches can be annoying.
            You say you are using plugs inside high decibel earmuffs.
            The sound levels coming from the scroll saw are very low, except for maybe when the blade breaks .
            I know when I go to the dentist and they use ultrasonic waves to clean the teeth it can be very uncomfortable for some people.
            I would suggest that maybe you use headphones with music on them to combat the sound of the saw, Not loud, just softly. The sound waves could well counteract the sound that is upsetting you.
            Make sure the saw is well lubricated. you should be able to carry on a normal conversation without having to raise your voice even with the saw running.

            Good luck and happy scrolling
            CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
            "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
            Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


            • #7
              strange pitch

              Thank you all for you welcome
              I guess l do have sensitive hearing,and yes the ultra sonic bothers me too.
              So much so l tell them to do it the old way,even though l get a nasty look from them.Guess they think l'm a masokists or some thing (old way does a better job anyhow)
              l think l'll try the music .l love music on when l'm carving
              Certain pitches have always effected me, mad me jumpy and gave me a headach.

              But for now with out the hold down on l'm ready to give it another try, l'll just keep the headach pills close buy.haha

              Q- what is the proper height for a table for my scroll saw? Should l be looking down at my work?

              Thanks Petal


              • #8
                There is no correct height! You have to set it to your own preference. I have my DeWalt table about even with my belly. The rear leg is raised as high as it can go, so if I set something on the table, it will slide off. Two years ago I spent 5 hours at my old Delta with my neck bent over the table. The next day I woke up with a pinched nerve that took over a month to get over.

                There's a fine line between woodworking and insanity, I'm just not sure which side of the line I'm on!


                • #9
                  For me, the most comfortable position is about the same angle that I type at: when my hands rest on the workpiece, my arms are slightly bent. I tried a Hegner single speed saw, and standing up, it was too short. The Excalibur saw table is right about the proper height for me when I'm standing...I'm still trying to get a stool that is the proper size for me to sit at a saw--I'm 6'3" tall, and most of my height is in my legs, so finding the right stool is challenging. I suppose I'll have to buy an extra tall one and adapt it to my purposes!



                  • #10
                    Y's *** comment

                    Originally posted by BobD
                    --I'm 6'3" tall, and most of my height is in my legs, so finding the right stool is challenging. I suppose I'll have to buy an extra tall one and adapt it to my purposes!

                    Come on Bob, you should scroll one and send the pattern in to the contest!
                    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


                    • #11
                      I'm not eligable--but I would love the Excalibur!



                      • #12
                        Hi and welcome back to scrolling -- I personally use my saw on a old end table that is very heavy and sturdy - the kind that has the four legs - and I sit in my wheelchair to saw. It makes my saw about chest high for me and easy to reach every thing I need...besides it gives me room on the table to lay wrenches and other projects or extra blades on the left over room on the sides .. I have a small step stool under the table that I can rest my feet on and I just roll up as close as I need to be. On the side of the table I have a lighted magnifying light that I use sometimes when I need the extra help with light or better vision ..It is very comfortable for me this way as I sit here only when I am awake ..well- truth be told I have dozed off a time or two when I was resting here .. I added a zero tolorance board larger than my saw table so I have a larger sawing serface to rest my work on. Makes it all a lot easier this way ... Hope this helps you in getting you set up- just a way that I work


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