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    I'm so new to scrolling that I haven't unpacked my saw yet

    I'm a computer guy, and I was looking for a hobby that didn't somehow involve a glowing screen (computer, iPad/iPhone, TV...). I'm also a new dad (December 25), and thought I could combine a new hobby with needing toys for my son, so here I am.

    Thanks to recommendations on here, and some other sites, I decided to pick up the D788, and managed to snag a decent deal thanks to a Boxing Day sale at Canadian Woodworker. I had considered the 21" Excalibur, but decided that was more than I needed at this time, and the price of the D788 was excellent ($480 CAN, including the stand, and light), so I couldn't pass it up.

    I expect to pick up a used drill press and belt sander soon, as I've been told those are two very handy things to have.

  • #2
    Welcome A Board!! 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. The only dumb question is the one that remains unasked.

    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. You will find we are not a judgmental group.

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

    Take some time to read the bylaws of the forum. We do not allow open/direct selling on the forum.
    "Still Montana Mike"

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


    • #3
      Welcome aboard,and congrats on your newborn,
      not doing much
      and busy doing it

      having fun making sawdust.


      • #4
        welcome to the site! My first suggestion is to get it out of the box! Set up the stand and mount the saw to it. Familiarize yourself with the controls. Mount a blade, cut a piece of wood, Then come back and ask all the questions you have! This is the first step in a new a wonderful hobby!
        Dan in So.Ca.


        • #5
          I hope to take it out of the box soon - just picked it up yesterday, and the baby is taking up a lot of time. Darn kids


          • #6
            Welcome to the site , and to parenthood too .............MB
            Usually busier than a cat in a sandbox !!!!!!!!!!! MB { Dewalt 788 only }


            • #7
              Welcome Gord Lacey, I hope you get the time soon, to unload that 788. You will love scrolling. I would suggest two things, that I think are a must. Quality Blades & a foot switch for the saw. I say that because, when I got mine & used it for a bit, it wanted to stop running, now & then. After getting the foot switch, I wouldn't go back. Be sure to tape something over your on-off switch, as it will collect dust & cause problems. Congrat's on the new saw & New Baby. Enjoy !


              • #8
                Thanks ubgoofy2003, already picked those up. I went with some precision blades (Olsen) and a foot pedal that the guys at the store recommended. I know most people here recommend buying blades from Mike's, I just haven't looked into buying them online yet.

                Sounds like placing the foot switch in a plastic bag would be the best thing?
                Last edited by Gord Lacey; 01-15-2012, 12:54 PM.


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