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    I am retired, living in Fl and I have a Dewalt 788 that I have never used due to spending all my time chasing golf balls. Now a hip problem makes the Dewalt look much more interesting.

    Is there a section in this forum that provides guidance on blade and material selection and more importantly guidance on how to get started cutting or should I say scrolling


  • #2
    Blade selection and material will vary depending on your project. The best way to get started is put a blade in the saw and start cutting. You can look through the pattern vault on the forum and try and pick something you would like to try. Poplar is a good choice of wood to start with because Home Depot and Lowes carry it and it is not very expensive compared to some other woods.

    If you need a tool and don't buy it, you will pay for it and not have it


    • #3
      Sorry about your hip problem floridagramps, hope its not too painful........scrolling is a wonderful hobby.
      Along with Tim's(evilbadger) excellent advise you may want to check out Steve Goods site, he has some well made videos on scrolling basics at his scroll saw school. Look on the left hand side of his site you will see it. Have fun, and do come by often, lots of info around here too.
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      • #4
        I agree with Mike about Steve Good's site Scollsaw Workshop. one of the members sell Flying Dutchman blades and He is always willing to help scrollers get started, I believe he goes under the title of FDMike, and he has a sampler package of blades for sale.



        • #5
          Gramps, check your e-mail. As for blades, I use Flying Dutchman blades that I get from Mike. His link is Mike's Workshop English featuring: my life story, a cancer survivor, scrollsawing samples and tips, community service, list of favorite sites and Flying Dutchman fretsaw blades for sale.. He's a great guy who has a lot of information and knowledge.



          • #6
            In addition to the advice already given, my suggestion would be to look over the posts in various forums here, like Beginners and Tools & Blades. There are previous posts that may well cover many of the topics you are wondering about. We always like to answer questions here, so don't hesitate to ask, even if it's something that has been asked before. However, by reading over some of the previous discussions, it may help you get more specific answers to your questions and help you determine which questions you need to ask. You may get more responses to a wood question in the Woods and Materials forum, but by no means does that limit you. The very same question could just as easily be asked in the Beginners forum. I probably wouldn't ask a question about Intarsia in the Fretwork and Portraits forum, but you get the idea.

            Bottom line - feel free to pretty much ask anything. Someone will either answer your question, or point you in the right direction. If you're looking for some general info, click on the Tools & Tips and/or Techniques section over to the left on your screen. You will find some good info there as well.
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            • #7
              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.

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

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