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Scroll Saws

Posted by scrollsawlady on 28th February 2013

I love my DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw, it is amazing. I used to use a very old Dremel scroll saw and you know what, didn’t know I wasn’t getting the best cut around until after I tried the DeWalt. Hey, being in the dark is not always a bad place to be. I scrolled for a long time using that Dremel and did a pretty good job too.

But once I sawed on a DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw, boy was I amazed at how little I really knew about scroll sawing and scroll saws themselves. It was like night and day. I tell you now, if you have the money and can afford a little nicer saw than the Dewalt is the one you want. If you don’t have the money, than I wouldn’t worry about it because you won’t know the difference until one day you try a better a saw. For now…. a Dremel or Craftsman should do you just fine!

You can see one of these beauties at Amazon, where they have a great price on this saw.

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Woodworking Tools Basics

Posted by scrollsawlady on 12th June 2008

Some basics you should have if you are going to get started in woodworking.  Again, don’t spend a lot of money on these tools till you know you are going to love woodworking and know which tools you are going to use all the time.  Till this day, I still buy tools, I think I need at outlet stores, then if I find I really use them all the time I will replace them with better tools.  But, why pay a lot of money for something you only use occasionally?  (Unless you have a lot of money and just like nice things!)

Basics; My Dollar Store hammer works as good as any-one’s I am very sure, how do I know this?  Because I can pound a nail into a board just as good as the guy next door! So there.  You should have a couple of different size saws, now, here is one of those places where Dollar Store might be a problem, if you want to make clean cuts you might want to think about buying better saw.  There is definitely a difference in cheaper saws.  Also, give some consideration to a Japanese pull saw, they cut much easier and if you are going to start out with just hand saws in the beginning (as I did) then a Japanese pull saw is a good choice.

Okay, let’s go back to Dollar Store or outlet type items; get a set of chisels, a set of screw drivers, needle noise pliers, wrenches, different grit sandpaper, couple of sizes paint brushes (for staining and painting projects), metal straight edge and a combination square (to measure angles).

Go look for bag o clamps, not kidding, plastic clamps or all sizes and you will use them everyday.  And very handy to have around are small files.  These are the minimum tools you can probably get along with.

You are also going to need some type of surface to work on.  I started with some old cabinets someone had taken out of their kitchen and through a thick piece of plywood on it.  Not the best workbench in the world but it worked!  You could also go to Sears, Lowes, Home Depot, or any of those home improvement place and pick up what is called a Workmate, it is sort of cross between a sawhorse and a portable vise.  It is a sturdy little bugger and I have one in my shop for small jobs, I use it all the time.  You can start out with that as your workbench though.

Okay, there is your shopping list for today.  Next I will talk about scroll saws (oh it gives me tingles just to say scroll saw!) : )

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Safety First, Please

Posted by scrollsawlady on 7th June 2008

I can’t stress enough how inherently dangerous woodworking can be if you are not careful.  Please, always be at your best whenever you are doing anything with sharp tools or power-tools for that matter.  Don’t woodwork if you tired, sick, or just not paying attention to things, this can result in serious injuries and even death can occur.

Now, with that out of the way…. You will need some basic safety tools if you are going to do anything in woodworking.  Head right over to the Dollar Store and pick these things up.  (and do not listen to your husband or boyfriend if they are telling you, you can’t buy your equipment at the Dollar Store!)

Girls, my Dollar Store hammer, works just as good as any guys, who had to buy the best hammer Sears had for $25!!!  Go buy the Dollar store hammer and then take yourself out to dinner and tell him your hammer cost as much as his did.  (well technically it did, as it cost you for the dinner and the hammer too) See how my mind works?

Truly, when you are starting out in woodworking, don’t spend a lot of money.  Buy the basics at the Cheapo Depot and if you find out this is something you are really going to enjoy, then go out and spend some money to upgrade your tools.  And for heaven’s sake, NEVER, use his tools!  Trust me on this.  You will never hear the end of it if you put a ding in one of his chisels or something is to happen with his saw and you bend the blade slightly.  Not like he has never done those things also… but, you will never hear the end of it so, go out and get your own stuff. Enough said on that subject.

Okay, some must haves for safety;  you are going to need a good pair of safety glasses, don’t go for fashion here, go for protection.  You want glasses the cover as much space as possible so flying wood chips can not get around the glasses and blind you in some freak accident.  You are going to need some type of ear protection, this depends on you.  Some people hate things in their ears so the foam ear plugs are out.  Some people don’t like the big clunky ear muff type.  You decide which will be more comfortable for you.  Then you are going to want to pick up some disposable dust masks.  Here again you can go from the very basic to the replaceable filter type.  I say again, start cheap and see if you are going to like woodworking or not.

Always have a first aid kit in your workshop where ever that may be.  If by change you do cut yourself, you want to be able to take care of it immediately and not run through the house dropping blood everywhere!  Let’s just hope you never need that first aid kit.  It is also a good idea to keep the phone by you when you are doing anything in your wood shop too.  Just in-case.

If you are going to have power tools right from the start, then you need to have a fire extinguisher also.  You should really get an extinguisher that is rated “ABC”  That covers everything from wood and paper fires to electrical fires and to chemical fires which might be caused by using stains and paints.

Okay, there is your first shopping list, before you even get started with anything.  Next, I will talk to you about some basic tools you will want to get to start woodworking.

Even though the title is Scroll Saw Lady, there will be much more talk about all kinds of woodworking then just Scroll Sawing.  Even if you want to learn scroll sawing and I hope you do, there are many, many other facets of woodworking that come into play before you start scrolling your first piece of wood.

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