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    Hello All!

    My wife picked me up a 16" Craftsman scroll saw for an early Christmas present last year and I've enjoyed using it. I've been making little puzzles out of pictures we've taken on various trips or just little memories I thought they'd enjoy. I'll include a picture of the first things I made for my girls though.

    I've enjoyed the hobby so much that I decided I was ready for a scroll saw upgrade, but unfortunately am on a budget. I had grown tired of the 3+ minutes it took to change the blades and my little fat fingers don't fit into the bottom to hold the blade block in place to tighten it down. Also, the blade tensioning system was an annoyance on that one.

    I found my upgrade by way of craigslist. I was browsing the tools section as I often do (I'm a tool addict... just ask my wife) when I came across a Shopsmith freestanding scroll saw for $40.00. It was badly rusted and the motor had no belt. I got out there and checked it out. It was in much better shape than I had expected. Everything seemed to move properly and the rust appears to just be on the exposed parts. Packed it up and took it home to start cleaning it up. After cleaning it up it looks almost new.

    I spent an additional $57.00 to get the belt and also replaced the blade block system since that was all rusted out. I upgraded to the version that is on the current model.

    Anyway, I finally received the parts yesterday and got them all put on today. Replaced the belt and fired 'er up. It runs BEAUTIFULLY!

    unfortunately I only had a few minutes to play around with it before I had to head to work. I can't wait to spend more time in front of it!

    -Dave







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    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.

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    Nicely done on the puzzles...
    "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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    • #3
      Just a tip...

      Here is the preferred way to post photos. This method will apply a thumbnail so that messages load faster, keeping those who are still on dial up in mind.

      If it is a new thread scroll down below the message box to additional options and look for manage attachments,Click on Manage Attachments, click Browse, find your file name on your computer, click it, then click Upload. It may take a few seconds to load.
      Once you see the file name under current attachments you can close the window.
      If you want you can Preview Post (a wise choice) then if all is well, click on Submit reply.

      If you are uploading a picture to an existing thread (conversation)
      Click on the Go Advanced button under the reply box, Click on Manage Attachments, click Browse, find your file name on your computer, click it, then click Upload. It may take a few seconds to load.
      Once you see the file name under current attachments you can close the window.
      If you want you can Preview Post (a wise choice) then if all is well, click on Submit reply.
      Good luck
      "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
        Welcome to the forum Dave!
        Frieke
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        Don't let the pain of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present.

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        • #5
          Welcome "a-board" Dave, your project came out very sweeeet. Congrats on your new saw, have fun and do come by often to share your projects with us.
          Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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          • #6
            Welcome Dave.

            I've never seen a ShopSmith scroll saw before. Looks like you got a gem there.

            Good luck and have fun making sawdust!
            Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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            • #7
              Welcome Dave...good to see ya.
              Check me out on the web:
              http://www.kerrysworld.com

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              • #8
                Well, ended up being relocated a week after this post. We have been without a garage/workshop since then until we closed on our house purchase. The scroll saw was the first power tool I got put back together! I can't wait to get back to playing with it!

                - Dave

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