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    After much lusting and researching I have finally decided to purchase the Dewalt DW788. However should I purchase the stand or should I make my own?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Not sure anyone can help too much with this - it's a personal choice but for what it's worth I bought the stand and it suits me fine - just the right height when sitting on a 29" bar stool ...
    Ian

    Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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    • #3
      PuzzledMoose drilled it....my "stand" is my table saw.......as I stand while scrolling....
      ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

      D. Platt

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      • #4
        You may want to look at the following link for a descent homemade stand.

        http://1nailbender.tripod.com/Lazy%20Man%20Bench.pdf

        Steve - Toledo
        RBI Hawk 220VS FD Blades

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        • #5
          Necessary, no. Nice to have, yes. I purchased the stand and light together from Amazon.com for $93 with free shipping and at the same time applied for their credit card. With the first purchase using the credit card, they gave me a $30 credit which brings the total investment to $63. You will definitely want the light, so to save the time and trouble of making your own, I think it's worth the money. I use a 25" stool and have the back of the saw adjusted so it angles towards me and it works great.
          Mike

          Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
          www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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          • #6
            honey;
            You can make your own if you want to save some money . Back when I had a DeWalt I made my own strong stand out of scraps of 2x4's and left over pieces of plywood so it didn't really cost much except my time and some glue and some screws. . It wasn't pretty but it doesn't need to be unless you want to take the time to make it that way. It lasted the life of that saw and now I have a very heavy duty 16 speed drill press sitting on it.
            The reason I made mine was because at that time DeWalt was putting out a regular weight stand and a very light weight one. I didn't want to order one and get the light one by mistake. They have probably corrected that now after so many were complaining about it back then.

            My present saw came complete with a heavy guage stee leg set with an adjustable back leg.

            But I can offer a tip if you decide to make your own. Rather than four legs , make it a three legged one. It was an afterthought for me and I never did change it but I found I had to move it around for a while on my wood floor to find a spot that reduced vibration. If you make it with three legs you won't have that problem because all three legs will always have contact with the floor no matter what part of your shop you put it in.
            If you want to have your saw tilted forward with a home made stand you only need to put a piece of 2x4 or whatever thickness you want under the back leg to raise it a little.
            W.Y.
            http://www.picturetrail.com/willyswoodcrafting

            The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us

            Delta P-20 Scroll Saw, 14" x 43" Craftex Wood Lathe and Jet 10" Mini Lathe .

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            • #7
              What a response!!!!

              Thanks everyone! After reading all the responses. I decided, I don't want to wait to use my new scroll. I'm getting the stand.

              Thanks again
              Last edited by honey; 11-24-2006, 06:58 PM.

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              • #8
                You will be pleased with the stand. Follow the directions, start all bolts in the holes, put the saw on, and then tighten the bolts down. Happy sawing!!! Dale
                Dale w/ yella saws

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                • #9
                  do many of you have the saw angled down like in the above photo? Does it make it easier to see?

                  i also bought the stand from amazon and am happy with it....thanks joe

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                  • #10
                    I tried the stand level and then tried it angled. I find it much easier to see with it angled.
                    Mike

                    Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
                    www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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                    • #11
                      Mine is angled too and I agree with Mike - it's much easier to see. Seems to be easier on the shoulders too .. saves having to lean over so far ..
                      Ian

                      Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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                      • #12
                        so how are you guys and gals tilting your saw? i would think that placing a 2x4 on the back legs of the stand would make it unstable. i guess i would need to bolt it to the back in between the stand and the saw...thanks joe

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                        • #13
                          My stand sits on a 2x4 and I've never encountered a problem. I find having the saw angled eases the strain on my shoulders as well.
                          Marsha
                          LIFE'S SHORT, USE IT WELL

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                          • #14
                            Ceeya, the actual Dewalt stand comes with an attachment for the rear of the stand for just this purpose. You can bolt it for a little angle or a lot of angle. In other words, it has 2 sets of holes. If your stand didn't come with this piece, contact Amazon.
                            Mike

                            Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
                            www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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                            • #15
                              i have dremel 1800 scrollsaw. i purchased the stand from amazon (i dont recall any attachments). sounds like i may be able to get away with placing a 2x4 under the rear legs....thanks again...joe

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