Monday, August 17, 2020

Cross Scroll Saw Pattern.

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There are two options for this pattern. I included the second version for those who may find the veining in Jesus difficult. The piece will be fragile until it is glued to the cross. The picture below shows the patterns included.

I also included a backer board shaped the same as Jesus to glue to the back and strengthen that part before it is glued to the cross.

The top photo is my test cut. I slightly altered the veining in the final pattern to make it stronger. I painted the cross brown to make Jesus stand out better. If this were not a test cut I would have probably used a dark hardwood for the cross and something like maple for Jesus. You have options.

I am going to get fussed at but here goes.

This is a topic that many people disagree on so I'll point it out and you can make your own decision.
Anytime I post about the DeWalt scroll saw having third party arm lifters my email box lights up. 

A typical email goes like this. "Why would anyone buy a third part lifter when all you have to do is tighten one screw to keep the arm up?"

Look at the photo above. The red arrow is pointing at the screw that they are talking about. Yes if you tighten that screw just the right amount the arm will stay up. I also always hear that they were told by a DeWalt service tech that this works. I believe that also. But......

The reason I don't pass this tip along is that it is not recommended by the engineers who designed the saw. There is a reason that the screw is not tightened when it comes out of the factory. There is also a reason that the adjustment is not included in the manual. I think I know the reason but I don't have it in writing so I'll just leave it at not recommended.

Okay, I have looked at and worked on many DeWalt scroll saws. I have not been able to prove that any broken saws were the result of over-tightening that screw. Honestly, I think the chances of it causing failure are relatively small but in my position, it is not good to recommend something not approved by the engineers.

There is another small problem with this technique as well. Some DeWalt saws will cause you to have to readjust that screw often to keep it at just the correct spot. The vibration will loosen the screw and it will not stay up. It is a minor problem but something to consider. 

I am not telling you to do this adjustment and I am not telling you not to do this adjustment. It is up to you but I wanted to share this info so you can make an informed decision.

My opinion: The lifter arms are a more reliable method to keep the arm up. If the expense is a problem they are fairly easy to make. 

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