Monday, October 21, 2019

Platform Christmas Ornament Scroll Saw Pattern.

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There are two platform Christmas ornaments in this pattern. There is the nativity shown above and the angel shown below. These ornaments are four inches in diameter.

The next image is the reverse side of the Nativity ornament. It's difficult to see but the three wise men are on this side of the platform.

WEN 3921 Scroll Saw: First Look.

This is not a review. It is just a first look after 1 hour on the saw.

I mentioned in my post on Friday,(Entry-Level scroll saw: Are they worth it?) that I ordered the $126 WEN 3921 to test in my shop. Thanks to Amazon the saw showed up on Sunday. I love the fast delivery but you have to wonder if we really need overnight delivery for a scroll saw. I can't even get my medications that quick. I guess I am part of the problem though. I signed up for Amazon Prime.

I took the saw out of its box and just set it on a table. I did not bolt it down or install a footswitch. I did remove the hold-down foot and get rid of the pin-end blades. The saw comes with a set of adapters that allow plain end blades. That is all I would consider using so I am not even going to test the pin-end blades.

I spent about 30 minutes coming up with a list of potential problems and thinking about possible solutions. I'll go over those in detail when I do the review.

I wanted to cut a complete project so I could see if there were any surprises. I printed out one of my personalized Christmas ornament patterns and started cutting. I used 1/4" Baltic birch plywood. I installed a Pegas #3 modified geometry blade. 

As expected there was a bit more vibration than I am used to. Actually, the vibration is more of a chatter. The upper and lower clamp adapters do not perfectly center the blade. There is a slight side to side movement of the blade that causes the blade to occasionally grab the wood on the up-stroke. I think I can fix that then the vibration would be almost acceptable.

It took me several tries before I got used to the tension adjustment being at the back of the saw. No big deal but my brain had to adjust. It's only a 16" saw so the reach to the tension lever is not diff