Check it out! A battery-powered scroll saw made entirely out of recycled bits and pieces around my garage! B)
For my entry in the woodworking contest I wanted to do try something poetically geeky. Something a little hardcore, yet still something that anybody could do with a little patience. Most of all, something useful to have which would increase the overall coolness of the shop.
It's been over a year since I published this, but I also found another variation:
It definitely trumps mine in the slap-together-itive-ness factor. Not to mention the guy's accent is way cooler than mine.
Step 1: So... what are we doing here?
After a little research, I found out that Roy Underhill (henceforth referred to as, "Da Man") has released some scroll saw plans online.
Of course, his was meant as an afterthought to his treadle lathe project. Still it provided a good starting point for a more modernized / less difficult to fit on a workbench design.
(Also, if it helps, some nice person made a sketchup model of it.)
Now that we know where we're going, time to figure out a plan to get there.
The only thing left to do now is to erase the doodles off a sheet of graph paper and start designing!
Besides being a coping saw blade moved by oak arms, I soon found that my design was significantly different from his. I guess that's part of the fun, though.