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    Have been reading the forum posts since July when my brother gave me his Delta 40-530 (his shop is set up for motorcycle metal working so it was just gathering dust). Couldn't work on it til the beg. of Sept. (too hot!), decided I wanted to do fretwork (with a lift arm scroll saw) after seeing all the amazing projects here and today my Dewalt 788 arrived. woo-hoo! Well, not really, b/c it seems like it may take forever to do some of those amazing projects. ; )
    Working my way thru the Scroll Saw Workbook and am taking a class the end of the month at WoodCraft.

    This is my first tool. My husband had a bunch of power tools a long ago, got rid of everything and is now getting back into woodworking with hand tools. I love the fiber arts and working from a pattern is what I like about scroll sawing.

    OK, off to read more forum posts and you'll see me posting very soon - questions about keeping wood flat on the saw table, variable speeds, can I stop/start in the middle of a project to collect myself, etc.

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    Welcome A Board Suzanne!! You will be hard pressed to find a friendlier or more knowledgeable group on the net re: woodworking. Share your knowledge and do not hesitate to ask questions.

    You may find the stickies at the top of this forum to be very helpful. Use the Link below.

    Message Board FAQ, Suggestions and Feedback - Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Message Board.

    Take a few minutes to read through them. They are chock full of great information.

    Be sure and share pics of your projects. We thrive on pictures.

    The only dumb question is the one that remains unasked.

    Whatever reason brought you to our forum we are pleased you found us.

    questions about keeping wood flat on the saw table, variable speeds, can I stop/start in the middle of a project to collect myself, etc.
    You keep the wood flat on the surface by applying pressure with your finger tips as you scroll. Variable speed is what it says you can vary the speed of your saw to match what you are cutting and your comfort level. Stop in the middle, of course just remember to back up your work on the blade a bit prior to starting your saw again. I often end up taking a break. You can plan ahead and take a break between interior cuts if doing fretwork or portraits etc, or you can do as I said simply shut things down and walk away for a while.
    "Still Montana Mike"

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


    • #3
      Here is a wonderful tip for you Suzanne. Go to lumberjocks and sign up. Then look for Sheila landrys video lessons on scrolling.

      here are some links for you.
      Woodworking Website | Welcome to Your Online Workshop! @ ~ woodworking community

      Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #1: Introduction - Sign Up and Objective - by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) @ ~ woodworking community
      "Still Montana Mike"

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


      • #4
        Hey Suzanne, welcome to the forum! I am a scroll saw instructor at Woodcraft in Ventura California. There is nothing like hands on instruction. You should learn a lot at your class.
        Good luck and post pictures of your work.
        Dan in So.Ca.


        • #5
          welcome to the forum, feel free to ask questions


          • #6
            Welcome Suzanne. This site has a wealth of info and very friendly folks.
            Creator of fine designer sawdust.


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