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jttheclockman

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  1. jttheclockman

    What brand scrollsaw do you use?

    I agree 100% and that is why my RBI saws are perfect for me because they cut straight up and down without having to adjust blades within the holders. I can take a blade and put it in the holders and it is the same every time so this saves time fussing. I noticed on the Dewalt you had to do that and in fact back in the day there were certain fixes to take that forward motion out. I added a small piece of wood in the back of the table to raise it just so to even out the rocking motion. Saws like the hegner and the RBI have blade holders that either rock or roll as the arm goes up and down and is not fixed. Most saws they are fixed especially the more inexpensive lower end saws. Left right as Fred mentions is usually accomplished by a setscrew through the blade holder. Some are just a screw and some have a round disc that pivots or spins as you tighten the thumbscrew. A small machinist square can check both front back and side to side exactness very easily. I know the blade clamping system you are talking about and that was Deltas patterned clamp. Lots of people loved them.
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    What brand scrollsaw do you use?

    Well In my case it basically comes down to size. The Hegner is 16" and I scroll many projects larger. Plus the RBI blade holders are more friendlier to use and quicker to change out. I do use the Hegner for projects that require a bevel cut because I have it set up that way. Both are true production saws. I have an older Hawk so the new ones I have not scrolled on but suspect they are just that more improved and I would not hesitate. The Hawks do not cut as aggressively either but from what I understand you can now move that lower blade clamp to any number of settings which changes the angle of the blade and thus allows for more of an aggressive cutting action. With mine there are two settings and I always keep on the less aggressive setting because it is a truer up and down motion. the table on a hawk is larger than a hegner also but I added an auxiliary top anyway.
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    What brand scrollsaw do you use?

    Well I have a collection of saws. I own a Dewalt788 type#1, a Hegner 16", A Hawk 220vs and a Hawk 226vs. My saw of choice is the Hawks and I use the 220 the most. Many hours and years on that one and still going strong. I scroll alot and love it. In fact will be upgrading many items for my fall shows this year so will be doing a ton of scrolling. The blade can make a huge difference too when using a scrollsaw. matching a blade for the work you do is key. I cut mainly red oak and my blade of choice is Flying dutchman Silver reverse #5. Love this blade. I sit on a bar stool with a pillow attached. I have a simple board on lower legs so that I get the footpedal off the floor. I use a deadman foot switch. I scroll at about 3/4 speed on the speed chart. Over the years an important tool I added was a magnifier light. I do not use a vac system. I scroll for the day and do use a dust mask but I vac up after each session. Been scrolling for over 35 years. Started with a Dremel 2 speed saw with pin blades and the adapters for the pinless were a nightmare to use. But that got me hooked. The key with scrolling you need to be a patient person because a scrollsaw blade does not cut fast. When doing fret work all the inserting of the blade in the next hole can try some people's patients but that is the fun of it. Many people who look at scrollsawn work do not have a clue what work went into making that piece and the more elaborate it is the more beautiful it is. Happy Scrolling everyone!!!
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    Looking to make a sled jig

    Not knowing where to put this I thought I would try here and if moderators need to move then that is OK. I have a right tilt tablesaw and I am looking to make a sled to be able to cut staves accurately and repeatably They will probably be around 12" long. But they will be thin. Looking to probably make 6 to 8 staves per 1" diameter. So staves form a complete rod with a diameter of about 1" to 1-1/2" Would love to see others sleds if you have something like this. I do not want to have to set up a fence on the opposite side of the blade and keep moving it. With a sled I can make repeated cuts with maybe a stop block to set distance. Hope this makes sense. I can answer any questions if they come up. Thanks in advance.
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    Unique Scrolled Clock Plans

    Gave that all up 4 years ago. Now it is just shop time whenever i feel like it. Everyday is Sunday. Love it.
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    Unique Scrolled Clock Plans

    There are a few versions out there and are a great conversation piece. I like the ones that transform into all kinds of different shapes. They are not clocks but mechanical art. They get my attention. So many projects and ideas. Not sure I have enough years left.
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    Unique Scrolled Clock Plans

    I too have marveled at those clocks before and someday I will throw my hat in the ring for one of them for sure.
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    Piano Pen Box

    I want to thank everyone for the kind words and no I did not win. I took second place. Seems people do not know what they are looking at. The difference is you all are woodworkers to the core and realize what goes into a project like that. Those that voted are basically pen turners and they like to see colors and the project that won was a simple box with exotic woods used. Not yelly sour grapes but I am happy with what I did. Next year I may just make an elaborate simple box and see how it plays.
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    Piano Pen Box

    This is my entry into the 2018 IAP Bash Pen Box Contest. It is a replica of a Grand Piano. It is a combination pen box and music box. The box was constructed using various tools and jigs. The interior is finished in a Cardinal Red flocking. The keys were cut from pieces of white and black acrylic pen blanks.There is a brass plate behind the keys. The top has a clear plexiglass insert in the center to show off both the pen and also the musical movement that plays Elvis' "Love Me Tender" theme. It plays when the box is open and shuts off when closed as most music boxes do. There are musical themed decals on the top of the glass to enhance it. The box was finished in black lacquer. This was a fun little box for that special pen. Hope you like it.
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    Scrolling Straight Lines ?

    Thanks Fred. Just poking around a few forums. Pretty cold here so the ambition level is low to go into shop. It is always good to restate some of the tricks we have learned over the years and share with new and oldies. Never know we may pick up a gem or one of those why did I not think of that moments.
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    Scrolling Straight Lines ?

    Practice is what is needed. I really do not have any problems with straight lines or circles any more. Years of practice I guess. If the wood you are scrolling has heavy grain in it it could give you problems and fits. Not much can be done because that small thin blade is going to follow the grain. I will say this I find the key is steady and slow. remembering it is a marathon and not a sprint. I just cut some maple today that is 1-3/4" thick and I am cutting both curves and straight lines and I apply the same principles except that it is even slower. Had to bump up to a #9 blade which I hadn't used in quite some time. My go to blade is #5. One thing I always do is stop pushing let the piece relax in case there was any sideward pressure it realigns. Scrolling is still fun after all these years.
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    Triangulating a Box....

    That is really cool. Always love segmented work.
  13. jttheclockman

    Rack Em Up

    I have the rack for the balls and was thinking of putting it on there which I can still do. As far as the chalk goes, I thought about it and people have asked about it but today they do not do that much any more. People like to carry their own personal chalk holders around. They are big seller. Thanks for the kind words.
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    Rack Em Up

    I like it Dan. I love all clocks. Thanks for showing. The only photos of my billiard clocks is the pool balls but when I make another billiard theme clock I will take some photos. I am currently trying to figure something out for one I have in mind. Need to get back to that one soon. Will be working on many projects for next years craft shows and i need to restock inventory. been too long. Thanks again for the kind words and for showing your project.
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    Rack Em Up

    I do not think I will go that way. Have something else in mind. But I may make one of those too and decide later. Thanks for the kind words.

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