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Old 01-11-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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Hi Guys

I'm Jim, I live in Ireland and I'm a complete beginner at scrolling. I have spent the last few months researching scrolling and I'm amazed at what you guys can do.

I recently took the plunge and bought a scroll saw. Though not a Hegner, (too expensive) it takes pinless blades, has variable speed and vibration is not a problem until you get near top speed. Yesterday I received my first gross of Flying Dutchman blades from Mike ( a gentleman and a pleasure to deal with) and I'm looking forward to getting a few hours scrolling over the next few days. The above is all advice I have seen here mainly and for that I thank you.

One of my big problems is sourcing wood. The nearest retail source for baltic birch or hardwoods is nearly three hours drive away. I live in the west of Ireland so if any scrollers based in Limerick Clare or Galway have advice about sourcing wood , I'd be delighted to hear from them.

I look forward to becoming a part of the community here and hope to enjoy my scrolling as much as you guys obviously do

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Hey, thanks for taking the time to join the forum, Jim. If you're a complete beginner, this is the place to be. The whole point of this forum is really to get folks new to scrolling engaged in the craft, and there's a ton of members here willing to help.

Hope to see you posting often, and around here, no question is a bad one.
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There a a lot of things made with a scroll saw that do not use hardwoods or plywood. I scroll using soft woods like cedar, pine and fir. You might want to consider doing some compound cutting, toy making, bowl making, intarsia or inlay. I do not do fretwork but I imagine it cold be done with a product like Masonite or Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).
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Welcome to the forum from TN. Looks like you got some good advise.
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the warm welcome and I am a firm believer that its better to ask a stupid question than to make a stupid mistake because I was afraid to ask any question.

Yes Jim I hope to use all types of wood and I am particularly interested in intarsia. There is just so much one can do that I could have been writing forever I intend to start relatively simple. I've found a tutorial and have printed out a series of different gradually more complex cuts to practice technique on. I also have a few simple projects to potter with, nice and simple to get the feel of cutting.

I would welcome any and all advice , jim , as regards intarsia is there any particular wood you would keep on hand more than other, e.g would you keep maybe dark walnut and lighter beech so that one would show up the other in any project or would you wait till you decide on an intarsia project before stocking up?
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Hi Jim and welcome to the forum, you won't find a more helpful bunch of guys and gals.

I share quest for quality wood. I don't know of any suppliers and I'm always on the lookout. A neighbour recently gave me an oak door. I've reclaimed solid wood tables and mantle pieces in the past. Another source is solid wood flooring (laminate will blunt your blades quickly).

Because of this lack of material I've never looked beyond the dreaming stage at intarsia but I do wish you the very best. Let us know how you get on.
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I just save any small pieces of wood to use "someday" in and intarsia project. I come across many different woods like Mesquite, ebony, oak, poplar, cedar, and pine. Any slight difference in color will work well in an intarsia project. I make my intarsia 3/8" thick so I resaw 1" wood to this thickness giving me twice the amount to use.
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Welcome, Jim.

This is the best scrolling forum in the universe. The magazine is the best one as well. Glad you have met Mike and his blades.

By the way my mother's family comes from county Cork.

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Just spent a few hours scrolling. Figured out how to change blade and did both internal and external cuts. I had no clear tape , spray adhesive or decent timber.

I had white opaque electrical tape, low grade ply and a pattern of a rather intricate heart.

The result was ...... a disaster! But I am delighted . The ply split slightly in one or two places. I wasn't as accurate on the pattern as I could have been. Because the tape was opaque, my accuracy was off. I started cutting from outside in, rather than from the interior out. Oh and I rushed it.

But I can see how I went wrong and know how to do it properly, and considering how many basic mistakes I made, the result was surprisingly recognisable. The accuracy improved dramatically as I progressed. I am lookin forward to my next few hours at the saw
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