Dremel’s new tool, the Scroll Station, combines a traditional scroll saw with a disc sander and a flexible shaft tool. It is meant to be a complete tool to take scrolling projects from start to finish.
- The Scroll Station works best when cutting material ¾"-thick or less
- All the controls are up front, which is a nice personal safety feature. Fretwork scrollers will appreciate the quick-tension release. While you do have to open a side door for blade insertion and removal, it's simple and requires no tools.
- The saw is equipped with a good saw-dust blower.
- Because the light is mounted on a flexible arm, it can easily be adjusted to shine exactly where needed.
- When the saw is mounted on a bench, the vibration is minimal.
- I was able to do intricate turns through ¼" wood—hard and soft woods—with a #2 blade. When I switched to a #5 blade, I cut wood up to 1" thick with ease. I did find it cuts wood ¾"-thick or thinner best. Hardwoods should be ½"-thick or thinner—but that is standard for most scroll saws. The cut edge is very smooth, and chip out is minimal. I did not try pin-end blades because the insertion for straight 5" blades was so easy.
- The hold down, as on most machines, is a bit cumbersome. Most experienced scrollers probably won't use it, but it is a safety device and recommended.
- The saw table has a circular insert, around the blade, that did not meet flush with the table and caused the wood to catch. This isn't limited to the Dremel; other saws have the same problem. It's easily solved by adding a shim under the insert or by building up under the insert with tape.
- The side table disc sander works well. If you use the sander at the appropriate speed, it doesn't stall out. There is also an optional flexible shaft accessory available for the tool.
Look for Dremel at your favorite tool stores. Can’t find them? Check on the Internet at www.dremel.com for a location near you, or call them at 1-800-437-3635.