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Scroll saw - xmas gift for me

Here’s the on the DeWalt scroll saw. In case the photos
don’t come through, the model is DW 788. I agree with Patty that the
lesser blades last longer. 30 to 40" on a blade? They are pretty
dull by then so I’ll often change them anyway.

The third photo is of a tabernacle of silver with a brass border on
the doors featuring a wheat motif. The fourth is of my trial sample
of the wheat. The doors are 12" high so the depth of the saw throat
was a necessity. And on this job? Yes, I broke a lot of blades!


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Hello Becky,

difference the minute you begin to use it. It’s the best investment
you can make for your flexshaft.

As I mentioned in my previous post in this thread, I keep a number
of flexshafts set up and use the LowBoy rheostate/foot pedal with
all of them. Also use one for my Dumore Drill Press.

OK, I know I’m echoing myself here, but Becky, you asked.

Linda Kaye-Moses

Becky, It seems as if your current flexshaft is an ongoing and
frustrating problem, and It might be advisable for you to either get
a lowboy, or even replace the flexshaft with one that will perform
satisfactorily. If you do decide to get the Lowboy you will need to
find out if your current flexshaft and it are compatible. My ancient
Fordom flexshaft is constantly being used and old as it is, it
performs beautifully. It, my rolling mill, and my Beverly shear are
among my favorite tools.


Becky, I looked at the Contenti flexshaft that your talking about and
it looks like the rheostat that comes with that unit is what they
call a Carbon Pile type of rheostat… (not the best but cheap) they
tend to heat up a lot and burn out when useing at constant low
speeds, I must say, you are definitely in need of one of my #9 Lowboy
Rheostats and at $45.00 is probably one of the best investments that
you can make. Regards, Richard Lucas… LUCAS DENTAL CO. or Toll-Free 1-(800)-332-5573

PS: the Subject should read as follows… LUCAS #9 LOWBOY xmas gift
for me

Patty, your 1935 Walker Turner scroll saw is giving me a bad case of
tool envy! Not that I need a scroll saw of any kind at this point -
I don’tdo a lot of piercing at this point. But I do SO love old
tools; so much character, and built to last, too! Thanks for sharing
your lovely saw.

Linda in central FL

I have been eyeing up this little scroll saw from Micromark.

This company supplies tools and all kinds of fascinating stuff to
model-makers, often “borrowing” jewellers’ tools such as the Knew
Concepts saw.

The saw takes 5" blades, with or without pins. I haven’t yet had the
courage to order one at $175.00 US in case it won’t do what we
jewellers require it to do.

Does anyone out there know more about this saw? Is it likely to work
for jewellery use? Model makers very often need to cut copper, steel
and especially brass, so in theory at least, I guess it should be OK.


I’ve looked at and talked to some crafters about using a scroll saw
for cutting metals for jewelry applications. They have convinced me
that a conventional scroll saw should work so I bought one on
craigslist to test it out. The concern is to have control over the
speed and have hands free in order to manipulate the metal. The piece
that I am convinced that I need is the foot control and it will check
into your suggestion.

Pat Gebes
Gebes Enterprises


The foot petal that is shown will get hot, the way it works is
electricity goes through a wire or carbon pile. As you press down,
what is in contact with the wire or carbon pile moves and the less
resistance makes the motor go faster.

N Lucas foot petals are made entirely different. You will have much
more control of the speed with the Lucas.

I’ve got a Lowboy on the way, thanks to everyone’s input and
I can’t wait to get it underfoot! :wink:


A few years ago a friend talked me into getting a DeWalt scroll

That sounds like a good setup. Adjusting the speed would be huge.