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Old 01-07-2014, 06:30 PM   #1
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My name is Mike and am from Wisconsin. I Just got my scroll saw in the mail today(Dewalt 788) Ive never done any wood working in he past but when my grandpa was alive, it was his living. I want to follow in his footsteps with making beautiful art from wood. Ive done some previous research online to learn the basics, techniques and about blades/speeds etc.

I set up my saw and hand drew a few simple patterns on some scrap wood I had laying around. The heart is oak and the peace sign is maple. Wanted to keep it simple and practice a few different cuts. So here are my first ever cuts on the scroll saw. Love it already. Cant wait to try some patterns. With that said I broke my first blade at the end of project and am on hold until I get some more.
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You have a good saw there feed it ,Good blades FD"S or Olson ,much better than big box stores 's blades ,small thick pcs. are tough .Good job ,for your first cuts .Try a bunch of different things till you find your favorite ,good luck and post when you can ! Welcome aboard ,stay warm !!
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Welcome to the forum from TN. My first saw was a DeWalt 788 and still have it. Nice cutting. Keep up the good work.
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It might have been easier to start off with some thinner board but all I had laying around was some 3/4" pieces. The blade that came with the saw probably wasnt ideal for this thickness. Just ordered a few dozen different sized blades online. Got a dozen of each of the following Flying Dutchman 1,3,5 & 7s. $3.30/dozen
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Welcome Mike. You started with a nice saw. I just got one a couple of weeks ago. The best place I have found to get FD blades is www.mikesworkshop.com. Happy cutting.
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Thats where I got them! Guess I did my research. Thanks!
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Do some research on different typs of scroll saw projects. There are many, including: fretwork, compound cutting, toy making, lettering, double bevel inlay,intarsia, segmentation, bowl making, etc.
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Welcome aboard! Good job for first project! Remember to keep good tension on the blade and make sure it is square with the table and change blades often. There are several videos on squaring the blade, depending on what saw is used. Good luck and happy scrolling!

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Welcome "a-board" Midaph you must be making your grandpa proud to follow in his footsteps. Continued success.......many members here donated their free patterns in the Vault here. Free Scroll Saw Pattern Vault - Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Message Board
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