This page is for scroll saw enthusiasts and those interested in getting into a fantastic hobby. Questions frequently asked of me.
Where can you purchase my patterns for you to scroll your own pieces?
1) Most are available directly from me and can be digitally emailed or USPS (paper) mailed.
What brand of scrollsaw blades do I use and recommend, and where do I buy them from?
1) It depends on what I'm doing, but most of the time I prefer the quality and price of Flying Dutchman.
What scrollsaw should a person buy, and what do I use?
1) Every saw has it's pros and cons and you must weight those against price what you want to use your saw to do---
research the brand and get the best quality you can comfortably justify for how much you'll use it.
2) I have an Excalibur EX-21, and EX-30, and a Delta P-20 --- they are all great, but the Excalibur is more versatile.
3) Where do I get Excalibur saw, accessories, and support expertise? I always go to: www.Seyco.com
What are the most often ignored items that you need scrollers need to pay attention to?
1) Dust collection -- scrollsawing puts off a lot of small particles easily inhaled -- take preventative measures.
2) Start out with wood that is perfectly flat on the bottom (and preferably the top) for quieter cutting and improved results.
3) Go slow and be patient, and let the blade do the work -- you'll get more accurate cuts.
4) A blade used too long will dull those tiny little teeth which increases your cutting time as well as sanding time, and can burn.
5) If you don't sand and finish the item nicely, your hard work won't be fully appreciated.
6) Unfelt fatigue will work against you, producing tapered/uneven cuts ---stretch often and take break--- ENJOY WHAT YOU DO!
Where do I get my wood?
1) It depends on what I'm looking for, but I'm not biased---if I see a flat piece of wood with great coloring and grain it's a candidate.
70% locally bought from: Home Depot, Lowes, Woodworkers Source, Rockler, Woodcraft
10% from other woodworkers who are no longer able to scrollsaw (due to eyesight, etc)
5% from suppliers in other states I randomly find when travelling
5% from U.S. based internet suppliers
10% from reclaimed wood, garage sales, people's barns, and all other fantastic sources.
What are the best attributes of scrolling?
1) The ability to create a diverse range of everything wood -- toys, furniture, art, decor, useful items.
2) It appeals to ages 8 through old age and has only a few physical limitations.
3) It doesn't require many additional tools or floor space.
4) You can create your own works of art from scratch, or utilize published patterns from many designers and yours will still be original!
5) With practice you will get better every time, and it won't take long until you find this hobby relaxing, exhilerating, & satisfying.
Woodworking forums online? Note_-- This is a simple recommendation to sites I like.
What other tools/items are desireable?
1) Bare minimum: Dust mask, shop vac (dust cleanup) and drill press (drilling 90 degree holes plus some drum sanding ability).
2) Supplimental and very helpful: Hand sander, (Dremel type) rotary tool, Sand-Flee finishing mop.
3) Going all the way: Dust collector, HEPA filtering, thickness planer, large drum sander, finishing station, someone to clean it all!
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Excalibur lower clamp dust collection --- Simple and inexpensive, extremely effective --- and it's noise free. Catches what would normally fall on your lap and floor!!!
Slide on dust collector box.
Held on and held closed by easy release velcroed elastic strap.
Flip open front is big enough for both hands to change blade and square up table. Sides and back catch nearly all floating dust. Lower area is deep enough to catch several cups of sawdust and small chips that fall through, until you're ready to empty it. To empty, slide off or unhook elastic, slide box out and down, and dump in trash. If you don't want to remove it, you can vacuum it out too. It helps keep head tilt mechanism cleaner, and your legs and lap will no longer serve the same purpose. This simple box has cut down my scroll saw dust substantially. Free pattern and pictures available upon request of this common sense and simple design I came up with, conceived out of necessity and desire for silent dust collection.
Easy open and large front door for access.
This waterfall parrot piece is 30" high x 24" wide. All natural wood except the blue feathers. $800