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  • Magnifier

    Just curious to see how many use a magnifier?
    I have one with a glass lens on an articulated arm. I am not crazy about it.
    There is some distortion around the edges and it can be tiring on the eyes.
    I really don't use it.
    I did pick up a plastic "Fresnel" lens at the dollar store. I am going to put it in a BBply frame for people to look at the finished fretwork with.
    Can't go wrong for a buck. I may use shaker pegs for legs.
    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

  • #2
    I wouldn't be able use my scrollsaw without one.

    Delta P-20 & Q-3

    I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!


    • #3
      Not me, my youth and the fact that my dear Mother made me eat all those carrots as a kid keep these eyes working just fine.

      Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

      Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati


      • #4
        Great Idea Carl,

        Post a pic when your done..


        • #5
          Originally posted by Rivari
          Not me, my youth and the fact that my dear Mother made me eat all those carrots as a kid keep these eyes working just fine.
          Give it time Todd!
          I still eat 'em and got my first pair of glasses this year!
          Now I don't have to scroll between the lines anymore!

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


          • #6
            The last time I visited my optician he told me I had remarkably strong eye muscles... for my age!

            Backhanded compliment or what?

            I've got a magnifying lens with a daylight bulb in it. I haven't used it yet but I may as the nights start drawing in.

            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)


            • #7
              Can't use the scroll saw without it - adds light to the workpiece, as well as helping me see the lines. Interesting idea Carl, would like to see a pic of the finished product.

              DeWalt 788


              • #8
                I use my magnifier when scrolling purly for the light. I find myself using my perepherial (sp?) vision a lot while scrolling, and the magnifier totally eliminates that!

                When I'm painting my Warhammer 40K models, though, which are about 2"-tall and fully detailes, I use my magnifier! To paint those, I've shaved some paintbrushes down to only half a dozen bristles!



                • #9
                  I use a magnifier with the light on my scroll saw. I had a magnifier once that
                  had a small wattage light bulb, which provided excess heat when sawing in the
                  summer time. I replaced the bulb with on of the small efficient ones that are now available. It's much cooler.

                  Gary MacKay


                  • #10
                    Great idea on the new bulb. I agree they get hot!
                    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


                    • #11
                      I got the light and magnifier with my RBI - I use it whenever the light from the window is wimpy - and now that I don't have to keep blowing the sawdust off the cutting line (like I did with my old Delta), I can look through the magnifyer without getting frustrated. I find I only use it for intricate stuff. I also use a visor-type magnifier - for carving and pyro work, and for intricate painting - you just can't carve/burn/paint what you can't see clearly. I find it makes a big difference. I also got a visor type at one of my favorite toy stores (Harbor Freight) for about $3 on sale - it has little lights on the side to light what you are seeing - well worth the $, but not too great for scrolling, 'cause the focal point is too short - the best focus is about 14 inches or so - a bit close to the scroll saw for my setup.


                      • #12
                        I've not used a magnifier yet but don't think I've needed one with anything I've done so far. Maybe in the future but until then I'll work without. I understand what Bob was saying about losing peripheral vision. I rely on my peripheral vision a lot and think that using a magnifier would cause a lot of eyestrain. For me, anyway.



                        • #13
                          While it is hard at first using the magnifier, you do get used to it. I also had a hard time not being able to use my peripheral vision, but seeing the fine lines where you're cutting seems to be a small trade-off.

                          As for the light bulbs heating up, I also replaced it with the small efficient bulbs and it worked like a charm. Came home from work one day to find that the magnifier made its way into my wife's sewing room, so I had to replace my magnifier with one with the circular fluorescent bulb. That one works even better than the old one - so I can't let my wife know or I may lose that one too!
                          DeWalt 788


                          • #14
                            I gotta thank the wife for getting me the lighted magnifier. I won't work without it. I have a fluorescent bulb that only gets a little warm.

                            Dan H

                            I would rather be friendly to a stranger than be a stranger to my friends.


                            • #15

                              I went to the dollar store and bought a pair of bi-focal glasses,they come in three size's of magnifaction, I got the 2.75.Works for me...I have one of those round magnifers with light from Michael's or Jo-ann stores, but it is too fuzzy on the edges for me.Lonepine
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