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    Though I am a newly registered I have been hovering the message board for a few months. Bought my first scroll saw yesterday. I am very exited about the possibilities. Any suggestions on beginner books or websites?

    and I look forward to posting my questions and projects in the future


  • #2
    Hi Brian

    Welcome to the forum - new saw, new activity? How exciting ! What sort of machine do you have?

    The Scroll Saw Workbook by John Nelson is a good introduction. You might also want to take a look at a pretty decent magazine too, which just happens to host this forum! There are loads of good websites to visit, amongst them Rick's Scrollsaw which is a mine of sage advice for newcomers.

    Have fun and don't worry if you break a few blades - we've all been there .

    There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
    (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)


    • #3
      Hi Gill
      I bought a slight used DeWalt DW788 20" with stand, I will look at those links you posted. I have been interested in scrolling for a while. I have been reading the magazine, which always gets me excited about trying some of the projects.

      Thanks again


      • #4
        Welcome Brian,
        Don't be afraid to try any projects. I know I underestimated my abilities at first, but I overcame that. And try not to criticize yourself too much.
        My biggest problem is finding time to do more.

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


        • #5
          Welcome Brian,
          You've got a good saw, now don't forget to order some Flying Dutchman blades from Mike - I got the sampler pack, and it has some of the best blades I've ever used. It seemed a real bargain, too.
          What sort of things do you think you are interested in cutting? John Nelson's book will let you sample quite a few sorts of projects - and then you will want to buy/create more patterns of that sort.
          When you subscribe to the magazines, you will start to get pattern catalogs aplenty. There are also some internet sites with free patterns. But try the stuff in John's book first. You'll likely find that some sorts of projects ring your bell more than others. That'll be a starting point, then.
          Again, Welcome!!


          • #6
            And as boring as it is, spend some real time--several hours, on that first exercise in John Nelson's book. I took a class wiht Ron Posten, and he had us cutting that exercise for ever, but I came out of the class able to turn sharp corners, cut straight lines and cut smooth circles...If you can master those skills, scrolling is a snap! I cut out a segmentation pattern last night in about an hour!



            • #7
              Welcome to the great world of scrolling.

              I have to admit that sometimes I rush when cutting out patterns.
              This weekend however I took my time.
              I spent about 6 hours cutting out a second Champion Cyclist by Sue Mey
              SSW Issue 18.
              I really did enjoy the cutting, I used 3/4 birdseye maple and a number 5 FD blade.
              It was so smooth when it was complete, possibly the smoothest cut I have made in 9 years of scrolling.
              Why then did I rush to finish it
              I used tung oil and have really no idea how to apply it properly.
              I will have to give it a light sanding now and give it a second coat.

              I guess many of us still have to learn to enjoy each task of scrolling equally.
              If you are looking for me I am on display in the public stocks ready for my flogging.
              CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
              "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
              Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


              • #8

                Welcome, Brians, I ditto everyone says above. When you order your Flying Dutchman blades you can, also, order the John Nelson book at the same time. Mike's page is

                Good luck, just take it easy and you'll do just fine.

                I am jealous, I want to buy a DeWalt 788 I just wish I could find a slightly used one.

                Have fun, we all do.


                My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut


                • #9
                  Yeah I was kinda lucky to find it, it came with about 18 months of scroll saw magazines and an assortmant of Flying Dutchman blades. I couldn't beat the price. I will need to pick up the Nelson book. I think eventually after some practice I would like to try some of the clock patterns I have seen or there are some animal patterns I liked. My wife, says I need to make something for her first, since she gave me the OK to buy the tool. I told her we needed it!

                  Thanks for all the words of wisdom and help


                  • #10
                    Talk about lucky, you got a good saw and the bestest blades. Flying Dutchmen are THE BEST (and Mike (3M) is too, good blades and lightning fast service).


                    • #11
                      Welcome. You've got a good saw and excellent blades. With a little practice, you'll be cutting intricate stuff in no time. Just have fun with it.

                      DeWalt 788


                      • #12
                        Welcome to a great forum, which of course you will already know by now!
                        Cheers. Teresa .


                        • #13
                          Plain ol Ed said:
                          "Talk about lucky, you got a good saw and the bestest blades. Flying Dutchmen are THE BEST (and Mike (3M) is too, good blades and lightning fast service)."
                          I'd like to add that you seem to be lucky in the spouse department too - and all you have to do is spend some time scrolling something for her - how lucky can one guy get?
                          Let us know how you're doing.


                          • #14
                            It's amazing how you can justify getting new tools when the wife wants something built... I acquired a new table saw, specialty router bits, a belt sander & a drill press just because she wanted a sewing centre for her craft room. Have put these tools to good use after that too, since she found out what can be done with these tools, the list came out for all kinds of things, then the requests expand to the family, in-laws, etc etc etc. Well, better get back to work...

                            DeWalt 788


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