Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Fallen Soldier Battle Cross Scroll Saw Pattern.

Here in the US, we will be honoring our fallen soldiers as we celebrate Memorial Day on the 28th. The symbol of the "fallen soldier battle cross" is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices so many have made while defending our freedom.

Porter Cable Scroll Saw Hack:

The Porter Cable scroll saw sold at Lowes has often been mentioned as the best entry level scroll saw. I agree with that statement. For $200 it is a good machine to get your feet wet in the hobby. 

One issue that is common with all entry-level scroll saws is poor blade handling. Changing blades on these machines is more difficult than it needs to be. That sounds like a minor problem but the frustration adds up on a big project. The problem is that the blade chucks pivot freely and make inserting the blade difficult.

Bob Duncan (Editor, Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts magazine) to the rescue. In this video posted today Bob modifies the upper and lower heads of the Porter Cable scroll saw to improve the blade change significantly.

If you own a Porter Cable you need to watch this video. The only downside is that the modification does require drilling out the pivot hole and is permanent. If you are unhappy with the mod it will take some effort to put it back to factory condition. 

Thanks, Bob. 
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