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New addition to the shop
« on: November 13, 2017, 12:08:50 AM »
In preparation for retirement in 6 months or so, there were a  few things I wanted to acquire to keep me busy once the time comes. I don't have as many casting sets Jo   :mischief:, but do have some interest in the brown stuff both in support of model engines and otherwise, kinetic art comes to mind like the Colibri Hummingbird discussed one the forum a while back. Anyway after some of the recent discussions of scroll saws, I ordered and received on Friday this 18" Hegner with the stand and a really nice LED magnifying lamp with adjustable LED intensity. Got it all assembled today and though I need to clear out some more space for it, it is up and running and an impressive little saw. This should be the last of the bigger expenses but look forward to getting into using it and learning a new set of skills. Thanks to the info provided here on MEM regarding these saws from various members.

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 12:14:22 AM »
Good sturdy looking saw. First time I've seen one where the hold-down for the wood part being sawn is a heavy bar, rather than a springy arc - did it come with both styles? Interesting that it only holds down on one side of the blade.

Looking forward to seeing some projects made of that brown fibrous (woood? something like that  :Lol: ) stuff!

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 12:19:46 AM »
Chris, this is the only hold down supplied. My understanding is that it rides just above the surface of the wood to keep it from jumping on the upstroke so one side is probably sufficient. Maybe others will chime in on this. That piece shown was a scrap of 3/4" oak and it went through it like butter.

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 01:15:17 AM »
That's a really nice scroll saw Bill.

I googled the "Colibri Hummingbird" to see just what it was. Holy cow that is really incredible! What a fun retirement project that will be. Definitely would put your new scroll saw to work.  :ThumbsUp:

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 01:19:05 AM »
Thanks Jim. Then the problem will be where to put the thing. I have most of my engines currently residing at work on two bookshelves. Gonna have to find a place for all of them too  once I no longer have an office  :lolb:

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 01:19:47 AM »
Congratulations, Bill!  That looks like a very nice addition to the shop.

I use my scroll saw to cut sheet metal too.  You might find a tighter clearance insert around your blade useful.  I found that really helped my scroll saw be more useful to me.  But your's looks 10x better than mine!  You'll have so much fun with that!

Besides sheet metal, I've cut several puzzles on mine and a lot other things too.  Its a very handy tool to have in the shop, that's for sure!
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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 01:31:45 AM »
Thanks Kim, yes puzzles for the youngest of the grandkids is part of the plan too. Lots of patterns around for those. It was supplied with a blank insert for just the reason you mention along with some sheet metal cutting blades as well as various wood cutting blades, 76 in all, various widths, tooth patterns, etc.

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 01:59:59 AM »
That looks sweet Bill!

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2017, 05:31:32 AM »
Sounds like you're pretty kitted out with the new scroll saw then!  Ready to get down to business!

Chris, this is the only hold down supplied. My understanding is that it rides just above the surface of the wood to keep it from jumping on the upstroke so one side is probably sufficient. Maybe others will chime in on this. That piece shown was a scrap of 3/4" oak and it went through it like butter.

Bill

That is an interesting hold-down.  Looks very different from mine or what I've seen. But I'm sure its effective!

I've found that for some wood work (like the puzzles) I have to remove the hold-down all together.  If you're cutting a puzzle the hold down can really mess up the picture you've glued to the wood.  You can learn to hold the thin wood down quite well without a hold-down.

I wouldn't try that with metal though.  It catches WAY too much and I'd end up cutting up the ends of my fingers on the sharp edges of the metal.  Wood is a lot more forgiving that way!

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2017, 11:37:41 AM »
 :naughty: Nice. that looks a little better than the one I picked up a few months back.

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2017, 11:43:38 AM »
Thanks Jo. I am sure there will be a bit of a learning curve, which blades work best for what, speeds, etc., but from the early indications it works a treat right out of the box. I am thinking that LED magnifying lamp may find multiple uses on the Cowells and Sherlline equipment as well  :D

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2017, 02:54:39 PM »
The Colibri sculpture is still on my "thinking about" list for maybe next year.  I would try to do it in metal and plastic, not wood.  For wood I'd want to cut out the parts with a CNC router; with a jigsaw it would be quite an endeavor.

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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2017, 04:34:14 PM »
What a lovely tool😳
Miles ahead of my classic yellow DeWalt (which Iíve probably used 10 times in as many years)
ENJOY!
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Re: New addition to the shop
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2017, 05:51:05 PM »
Thanks Stan, there is a certain pleasure to using well made tools as we all know whether machine tools or measuring tools or whatever. I hope and expect it to get a fair amount of use.

Bill