A Few Things about my DeWALT DW788 Scroll Saw

Copyright 2000 by James P. Riser

This will most likely be the last scroll saw that I ever buy. I love this saw! It is pictured below:

As soon as this saw (or any scroll saw with a cast iron table) is assembled, the table should get its first protection. I wax mine with specially prepared beeswax to prevent rusting and to promote easier sliding of the work piece during cutting.

The beeswax that I use was purchased at an arts and crafts store in the candle department. It came as a flat sheet. It is shown here rolled up for storage. The prepared beeswax is shown in the small container.

To prepare the beeswax I merely broke it into small pieces and placed them in the container. Next I added pure turpentine (not mere thinner!) and mixed it up. After letting things sit for a day or so, the beeswax will form a thick paste wax suitable for putting on your saw table. All I do is spread some of the wax on the table, rub it in, and buff it. One paper towel square does it all. Do not use too much wax. Repeat this wax application as often as you feel it is needed. By the way, such a beeswax preparation is great for using on turned wood (apply it while the item is rotating in the lathe). Below is a closeup of the beeswax mixture to show how thick I make it. If you get yours too thin, just add bees wax.

I require my scroll saw to be movable, so I added casters to the legs. I used the type with a threaded attachment as shown. Note that I needed to slightly bend the steel leg bottom to get the casters perpendicular to the shop floor. The saw easily moves as I need to reposition things in my shop. The saw is so stable and vibration free that I really do not require locking casters.

I also prefer some "scrap" storage close to my saw. So I made the little storage area shown below. The base and curved front are made from melamine (tempered hardboard with smooth white finish). The longer sidewalls are of 3/4" thick pine board to which I glued additional melamine for looks.

The next thing I'll show and describe is my home made lever arm to hold the saw upper arm in the "up" position while doing fretwork. This really helps when trying to thread the thin saw blade up through tiny holes in the project. This lever arm was inspired by the "Saw Buddy" and the "EZ Lift" products available on the web.


The image at the left shows the lever in relationship to the complete saw. The lever is made of a length of 1/8" thick steel (2 1/8" wide by 23" long).




Three holes are drilled...two to mount the steel lever and one for the bungee cord hook.






This is a closeup of the hole for the bungee cord hook. The other end of the bungee hooks to the saw base (no holes need to be drilled).






The image at the right shows how the bungee hooks onto the back leg of the saw base.


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