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  • HI all I'm new too all this

    where do i go read up on how too well everything , what kind of wood , blades,where do i get patterns, how do i trace on to board ??? I just bought a Scroll Saw 23" Craftsman Heavy Duty

    but i think i might have to buy another one, cause this one seems to give me some kind of kick back , maybe i have to play withe tension . I don't know anyone has experince with this machine ??
    again thanks all and Glad to join this wonderful group..

    janet diaz

  • #2
    Hi Janey

    Look in your local yellow pages to find a woodworking/craft store. Or a place like Home Depot...Lowes...and so on. My favorite store was Woodcrafters in California. It had a wonderful selection of scrollsaw and intarsia books. Also the Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts magazine always has wonderful advise a really neat patterns. Once you get into scrolling I know that you will love it. So keep on looking its worth the effort and good luck. Also don't give up on your saw. Read The manufactures instructions to the letter. As you get used to it, it will become much easier. Then if you find that it's not what you want get something else. I myself have tried several saws. I like the DeWalt 788 the best.
    My best to you


    • #3
      good luck with the saw...

      I've got a 20 incher....a Craftsman saw that is....
      It's a beast and I pretty much gave up on any kind of Fret work with it....
      but it does cut wood.....

      welcome to the board....

      Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
      Fish are food, not friends!


      • #4
        Hi Janet,

        First I'd like to welcome you to our little corner of the net.

        Originally posted by Janey
        where do i go read up on how too well everything , what kind of wood , blades,where do i get patterns, how do i trace on to board ???
        I'd say the first place you should look is here in the old threads.
        All of your questions have been touched in the last few months in one thread or another.

        Since you seem to be really starting at the beginning, my best advice to you is take the time to read information that was posted in here.

        The small effort required will save you a lot of frustration, and money by doing so.

        DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

        NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.


        • #5
          Hi Janet,

          Welcome to the wonderful world of scrolling. You'll love it. Marcel gave some excellent advice, as usual. You'll learn more from this message board than any book will teach you. I read thru many of these threads before I even bought my first scroll saw. I knew assistance was always a few keystrokes away.

          I started by practicing on some scrap 3/4" pine I had laying around. After I scrolled a couple fairly simple projects, posted them here and got plenty encouragement, I then proceeded to order some good blades and some 1/4" baltic birch plywood from Sloan's Woodshed online. I'm still scrolling the BB plywood and have turned out many portraits, a few that I have even sold. If you can't find answers by digging thru previous threads, don't hesitate to ask on this forum. We're all here to help. Many members have helped me and are still helping and I will do the same for you and others. This is what makes us 1 big happy family, most of the time.

          Enjoy and ask away.

          Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.


          • #6
            Hi Janey,
            Welcome to the family.
            If you've been reading through past posts, you'll find I give this advice often, but here it is again: Get (buy, borrow, check out at the library) Scroll Saw Workbook by John Nelson. You could even order it from Fox-Chapel - check it out on this site. It is one of the best resources for absolute beginners. Use whatever wood you have or can get inexpensively, and work through at least the first 6 - 8 exercises. You will be amazed at what you can do!
            As for your saw, some of those oldies were pretty rough, but what, exactly, is yours doing that makes you think it is time for a new one? I ask because maybe we can help you tame it enough to get well started, and then, if you still want a new saw, you'll have a better idea what features are most important to you.
            Again, Welcome!


            • #7

              Welcome Janey,
              As I am also a newbie, a scroller for about a month now, I can attest to the great help and friendship of this forum.
              I can also give a hearty AMEN to the advice of Sandy. I took her advice and find that the lessons and information in John Nelson's (25 lessons) book has been great.
              Good Luck with your new hobby and with your saw.




              • #8
                Much to my surprise I found several scrolling books at my local library.
                RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association


                • #9
                  Hi Janey and welcome!

                  There are a couple websites I've used in the past that offer a lot of really good general information on saws, blades, materials, techniques, etc. There are links to them on this site, just go to "Other Great Sites" and look for "Rick Hutcheson" under "Artisans" and "Mike's Workshop" under "Retailers". The information there will answer a lot of your basic questions and give you a really good foundation on which to build.

                  Of course you can always ask questions here, lots of knowledgable folks in all facets of scrolling and very willing to help.

                  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."


                  • #10
                    Web Site

                    Thanks for sending them my way Bill. I try to furnish new and old scrollers with the information they can use.

                    I just started yesterday adding videos to my web site about scrolling. Look on the index on the left and you will find the video page. That is what I am doing today even is adding more. So there should be a lot of them posted as fast as I can decide what to video and get it done. Just added 4 more a few minutes ago.

                    Back to the camera.

                    If someone has a topic they would like to see feel free to ask.
                    Rick Hutcheson


                    • #11

                      Hi Janie and welcome to the board. I'm not sure what you mean by "kickback" but it sounds a lot like chatter. This happens when the blade grabs the wood and bangs it up and down on the table. Several things can cause this and most are operator error. Make sure your blade is tensioned properly and the saw speed is set to run fast enough to cut the thickness of wood you're using. When using a scroll saw, YOU have to keep the wood held down on the table by applying downward pressure on the board while guiding the workpiece into the blade. Keep the cut in front of the blade and don't apply pressure to the sides of the blade while cutting. Also make sure the wood thickness isn't too much for the saw. Some scroll saws CAN cut wood up to about 2 inches thick but it's not a good idea for a beginner to do that. Stick with thin wood up to about 1/2 inch while learning. 1/4 inch would probably be even better. Chatter usually causes problems for beginners while cutting a tight radius and is due to pushing the work into the side of the blade during the turn. With practice you'll get the hang of it in no time. That's the secret......practice, practice. The more you use the saw the more comfortable you will become using it.....and you're gonna love it!!!!
                      If it don't fit, don't force it....get a bigger hammer!!


                      • #12
                        Welcome to the group
                        "Everything Happens for a Reason"
                        Craftsman 18in. 21609



                        • #13
                          Welcome to the group Janey
                          .....enjoy !
                          DW788 and Hawk 226

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