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Air Quality In Your Shop

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 3rd October 2008

Believe it or not there is a lot of very fine dust generated by the scrollsaw. After cutting for awhile you will see the fine layer of dust on everything in the area. Just imagine now all of that dust you are breathing in!

And, remember that many of the wood species create a dust that can is toxic. The easiest way to protect yourself is to wear a dust mask. Make sure that it is a mask rated for sanding and woodworking.

Some people are allergic to even the dust of certain species of woods with just skin contact, so be careful around wood until you know if you are allergic to it or not.

Your scroll saw has a blower on it to clear the dust from the cutting line so you can see the line, but it blows that dust into the air. If you don’t like the idea of wearing a mask there are other ways to keep your breathing air clean.

One solution that I feel works best is to use a filter on a box fan.  Use any pleated furnace filter, on the incoming air flow side of your box fan, and put it behind your scrollsaw. It pulls the air away from you, into the fan behind the scrollsaw. This catches just about all the dust generated by the scrollsaw.

I am sure you can come up with other ways to filter the air you breathe, I would just suggest that you use something.  No sense risking your health when you can take some very simple steps to make your shop safer.

Happy Scrolling.

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Your Workspace

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 30th July 2008

This is my last entry before I take of for Arkansas to visit my dad in the hospital again.  I will try to write once I am down there but, If you decide you want to set up a workshop here are some things to consider.

The first thing you need to consider is where you’ll be crafting your projects.  Most people take up woodworking in their garage or basement.  This is fine; just remember that you’ll need some space to store materials and the finished product.  You’ll want a space that is easy to move around in and that you can keep organized.

If you’re using power tools, you’ll need easily accessible power outlets.  Remember that power tools can be quite noisy, so take into consideration the comfort of your family and your neighbors.

You’ll need a workbench which doesn’t necessarily have to be elaborate.  It’s a space for you to work on and keep your plans out in the open. 

You can buy commercially made workbenches at most home supply stores.  When choosing a workbench, look for one with a wood top, or another smooth, non-marking top, so that the surface doesn’t scuff the wood you use for your projects. Storage underneath the bench is nice if your budget allows a model with built-in drawers and cabinets.

Choose a workbench that fits comfortably in your shop space and that matches the types of projects you think you’ll be working on. A small workbench will do for crafting toys, but you’ll need a larger space if you’re making armoires.

But you’re getting started with woodworking as a hobby.  Why not make your own workbench?  This will give you valuable experience and will become one of the most useful items in your shop!  We’ve included a simple workbench plan in this book.  Try diving right in with and start your workshop out with a piece you made yourself!

It’s a good idea to have a bin where you can place operating manuals from your tools.  This way, you won’t lose them and they’ll be easily accessible.

We also recommend a good tool box to store your tools and a box such as a tackle box to store nails, screws, etc. in.

As with most any projects, the better organized you are, the more efficient you’ll be.  You’ll also save yourself a lot of stress by being able to locate what you need easily.

Some people like to have a peg board over their workbench to hang their tools on.  This is a good idea as is to have a bulletin board so you can hang the plans for your current project.

Last, you’ll need good lighting.  You can get shop lights inexpensively at discount stores like Wal-Mart or Home Depot.

Now that you have a place to work, what do you need to get started?  The obvious answer would be wood, which we’ll talk about a little later.  What’s the second obvious answer?  Tools!  More to come on a selection of tools later.

Happy Woodworking All!  Watch for our website to start real soon.

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Work Space

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 19th July 2008

The great thing about scrollsawing, is, you don’t need very much space.  So many great things about scrollsawing, if you haven’t noticed.

Here is a picture of my scrollsaw work place.  You don’t need a giant workshop to take up this hobby.

My Work Space

As you can see, all you need is a small corner of your room, enough to basically sit your butt, or stand if you prefer and scroll away.  If you want to set up more of workshop, you could include a small workbench or Workmate, right behind you.  Hang up a pegboard on the wall to hang all your tools on and in about a 4 x 8′ spot you could have a nice little workshop area.

Watch here, I am getting closer to getting my website up and running.  Stay tuned, don’t turn that station, we will be right back after commercial break!

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