27 July 2009

the mystery revealed

I started this blog as a place to chronicle the things I love to do, to inspire me to do more of them and to share them with others. One of my favorite types of projects involve woodworking, usually house projects. I haven't done too much lately, so imagine my surprise when I opened my inbox a month ago to find an email from Lisa at Craftsman tools. She said that they had been following my blog and saw that I liked to do wood and house projects. Would I be interested in trying out one of their tools on project and blogging about it? Do you even have to ask, Lisa? Seriously, ask anyone that really knows me and they will tell you that I love me some power tools.

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.


You can hook up your shop vac to that little tube and suck all the sawdust away.


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.
So, the next step is to try it out on a few projects and share those with you all. I will be working on some designs and taking it for a test drive this week. This has inspired me to add a new "category" to the blog, Girls With Tools. All future woodworking and house projects will be filed here. Check back for the updates! Trust me, when this is done, every homemaker in America is going to want her own scroll saw... yep, they are that cool...

5 comments:

erinn said...

oooh. I can't wait to see what you make with that. Very cool.

June said...

You lucky, lucky crafty thing! Cannot wait to see what the two of you do together. Here we goooo...

Nici said...
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dig this chick said...

yay so cool! can't wait to see what you do with it....

Beegirl said...

Seriously?? How fantastic is that??? Can't wait to see what you get into with that baby...