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    ???I just got a scroll saw, and I dont even know where to start. Can I just get some wood (what kind?), a pattern, turn the saw on and try to figure this out? Should I find a beginners class (where?) first? Does someone where I can fnd some step by step beginner's projects to try?

  • #2
    Re: help-just getting started!!

       You might want to check out the web at www.scrollsaws.com. It has a lot of good general knowledge on scroll sawing. There are a number of sites on the net that have info. on saws, their use, and some with free patterns. Just check 'scroll saws'. Hope this helps to get you started.

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    • #3
      Re: help-just getting started!!

      I found a book called 'Scroll Saw Basics' by Patrick Speilman to be very helpful.  Sorry, I don't know who publishes it but I think I bought it off the shelf at Books-A-Million.  I would guess Amazon or B&N would be able to find it.  A lot of companies sell thin plywood for the scroll saw.  Try Sloan's Woodshed, Stebar, or any of the companies that advertise in the Scroll Saw Magazines.  You are not limited to sawing thin wood with most saws, however, and I use my De Walt to cut up to 2' thick basswood, sugarpine and butternut.

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      • #4
        Re: help-just getting started!!

        Scroll Saw Basics by Patrick Spielman is published by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. of New York. This book, like the Capt. stated, is a great overall book to generalize yourself about the scroll saw, scroll-saw blades, upgrading imported saws, Safety Techniques and Setting up the Saw. As for getting down to the business of actually scrolling the best book around is the 'Scroll Saw Workbook (Learn to use your scroll saw in 25 skill-building chapters)' by John A. Nelson. Welcome to the world of scroll sawing, if I can be of help in anyway please email me.

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        • #5
          Re: help-just getting started!!

          If you live near a WoodCraft store, check out their classes. My Woodcraft has a scrollsaw workshop. It's a one day class. It may be worth a look.

          Kris

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          • #6
            Re: help-just getting started!!

            Congratulations! I started scrolling last fall (after waiting 12+ years to start) and can't get enough of it. I decided to take a day-long workshop to get me going on the right foot. The 'Scroll Saw Basics' book was used as a guide for the workshop. But what isn't in the book are the years of experience the instructor had - he was able to share lots of additional tips & tricks. It was VERY helpful as I'm a person who may give up a hobby if I can't get going on the right track quickly Don't start with too difficult a pattern - that's why the 'basics' book can really help you out. Once you've gone thru it, you should have an easier time figuring out pattern difficulty.

            Best wishes & happy scrolling.

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            • #7
              Re: help-just getting started!!

              Hello...I have just tried to get my Delta scrollsaw model 40-530 to cut wood. I have never used it. It is brand new out of the box. i purchased it at a home depot store about 8 months ago. The saw will NOT cut wood! I did however get it to cut through cardboard....So does anyone have any suggestions? I am disabled and would love to learn how to use this saw ...It would be interesting to learn scroll saw crafting and maybe i could make things to sell at craft shows. It is very dishearting not to be able to understand this machine. there is only one blade with the saw...I need some help PLEASE....I would love all pointers and advice, even lessons..
              Any and all comments & advice would be greatly appreciated.
              I await your replys.....Kat

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              • #8
                Re: help-just getting started!!

                Sheesh - don't know where to start. I guess the first thing is that one blade isn't going to take you very far and buying them can be confusing because there are so many different kinds. Which one you use depends on the type of wood you want to cut. Just for practice I'd start out with a dozen 2/0 and a dozen #2. As for wood get some cheap 1/8 or 1/4 inch ply and start cutting anything that comes to mind. Just cut and cut some more and it will come to you. Don't know why your saw won't cut wood - what kind of wood and what thickness are you trying to cut???? Once you get the hang of how the saw works and cuts then get a bood of simple patterns like 'Scroll Saw Pattern Book' by Patrick and Patriicia Spielman. There are others this is just an example. Hope that helps some. Feel free to ask any questions you have.

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                • #9
                  Re: help-just getting started!!

                  Is it possible that you have your blade in upside down? The 'teeth' of the blade must point down .....when you run your finger DOWN the sharp side of the blade it will feel relatively smooth, but when you run your finger (carefully) UP the blade it will feel rough and SHARP.
                  Good luck --- and keep trying !

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                  • #10
                    Re: help-just getting started!!

                    For scroll saw books, try ebay. They have Speilman's handbook listed today for $2.50 and they always have patterns. You may need to be patient, but there are always good deals on these books.

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                    • #11
                      Re: help-just getting started!!

                      Sloan's website is http://www.sloanswoodshop.com/default.htm

                      Everything you ever needed or wanted to learn about scroll sawing. Well, almost. Check their specials on scroll saw wood.

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                      • #12
                        Re: help-just getting started!!

                        I agree with the suggestions. Patrick Spielman's books are the best for starting out. He also has alot of pattern books which can be cheaper than buying individual patterns. I would add a dozen #5 blades to my initial supply. The 2/0 are great for very detailed scrolling but someone just starting out is going to go thru a dozen real quick (remember how many blades you broke when you first started!!). The saw will cut wood if the blade is installed upside down, your stock will just be jumping up and down. What probably has happened is the blade is installed backwards so you're trying to cut on the toothless side of the blade. In my opinion, scrolling is the most enjoyable woodworking you can do, so, relax and enjoy. Before you know it you'll be creating some works of art.

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                        • #13
                          Re: help-just getting started!!

                          Me Too!
                          I break all my blades. How tight is too tight. I have trouble keeping the blade vertical when I am turning the wood. I tried to cut 1.7 ' wood thats fun. .25 inch wiood is no problem.
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                          • #14
                            Re: help-just getting started!!

                            You can check your local libaray for Spielman's scrollsaw books . Read all you can, this will help you to learn and see if you like the patterns . then you can check out ebay or half.com ,along with other places to buythe books you like.
                            As for blades check out www.mikesworkshop.com he carries flying dutchman blades. good price that includes shipping. have fun, is is a great hobby, Bladeart

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