So, the package that arrived last week, was my tool. My free, very exciting tool. My mom had one of these when I was a kid and used them to make all sorts of fun projects. I had been looking for a second hand one for awhile but nothing had turned up. Enter, Lisa.
So without further adieu, I will unveil the 16-in Variable Speed Scroll Saw from Craftsman. I finally pulled it all the way out of the box last night (Avery was sick most of last week, so I got a whole lotta nothing done). It is way more sophisticated then the one my mom had all those years ago. Hmmmm, I love power tools...
Besides being shiny and new, it has some really nice features that I am excited to try out.
It also has this built in, adjustable blower to blow the sawdust away from your cutting area, so you can see what the heck you're doing.
The package included a total of 5 blades and a 3mm T-wrench to tighten and adjust the various parts. One of the first things I thought upon seeing these little parts, "Crap, I am totally going to loose those, probably by tomorrow morning." Luckily, the design team over at Craftsman was miles ahead of me. They included this little tray to store the blades (above) and a hook for the T-wrench (below). My only addition would be a lid for the blade tray, just because my workspace is always a little transient in nature and that would make it more secure, plus it would keep little fingers out.
In addition to all of these fabulous features, here are a few things that I am already really impressed with:
- the cutting surface and blade guard foot can slant up to 45 degrees from the blade, allowing you to do a beveled edge.
- the manual is really user friendly and includes a glossary of "Scroll Saw Terms", an overview of which blades to use for which woods and projects and some really good, detailed instructions on the various uses of the saw.
- it came to me pretty much assembled. There were a few small adjustments, but I didn't have to do any major, "insert tab A into slot B" sorts of assembly.