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Kevin Wells

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When our preacher moved away, he gave me his scrollsaw. Its an older Delta model (not sure off hand of the model). When I first got it, I looked it up online and found the manual, though the model was out of production. Since I was planning a new workbench, I added a place for a scroll saw table that I could sit down at (it stows away when not being used). Now that that is completed its time to figure this thing out. I have never used a scroll saw, I'm not real sure where to begin. I am a self taught woodturner which led to many costly mistakes over the years and was hoping to find a better source for the basics before diving in.

What is a good place to start? Who are the experts with the you tube channels and blogs. I really need the basics. Something that starts off with, "This is a scroll saw..." :-)

 

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One of our members, Fred WIison, is an expert scroll sawer. Try sending him a message.

http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/profile/2944-fred-wilson/

I haven't seen him post for a little while but I think he is still active. Personally, I can't be much help. I have an old scroll saw but only use it when I have to.

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Kevin

First off welcome to the wonderful world of scrolling. There is a YouTube channel, Qwinette Woodworkers with a great video or 2 of scrolling. As for blogs and stuff. Look up Steve Good,  he runs a blog and offers free patterns from very easy to somewhat difdicult. I have been scrolling fir quite a few years. Not an expert but normally do very challenging patterns and design a lot of my own. 

There is  some information to get you started on. Next is some advice for a beginner.  First of all have fun. You are going to make tons of mistakes learning. We all did and still do. I have a box of designer firewood in my shop. Second be patient, don't be in a hurry you'll get so frustrated and that's  not good. As for books. When I get home I can look some up for you. Some are very basic and I don't want to give you the wrong title to start on.

 

Thanks

Wayne

 

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Kevin - easy to get hooked on scrolling.  The more you practice, the more you WANT to cut, the challenges keep getting a little more and befoe you know it, you will be cutting with the "experts".

 

There are a lot of resources "out there".  several have already been mentioned.  As far as practicing is concerned, I have a couple of pages I can send you when I get home (away on family funeral).  As an alternative to these practice pages, I can also suggest scribbling on a piece of wood and then, using your scroll saw, follow your lines.  Helps in 1-following a pattern, 2-Learning soft curves, and 3-Learning sharp corners.

 

These are the basics, the rest comes with practice and your own self-taught techniques.  Of course, let us know your questions and we will be more than happy to help.

 

 

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