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My 1950s Hobbies treadle fretsaw remade needs a new home.

Hi Folks. I recently obtained a rather more modern electric scroll saw at a bargain price and as space is at a premium in my little workshop my 1950s Hobbies saw is looking for a new home. I have considered offering in on one of the several the freegle groups I am a volunteer moderator of but as the Instructables community is close to my heart & I believe that there is almost certainly a maker out there eccentric enough to find it interesting to use I thought I would try to find it a home here first. It has obviously seen better days & isn't really up to fine limit work but I have had some fun using it & it is more than up to the job of roughing out work. I live in Hertfordshire England & as this thing isn't exactly a lightweight I really dont want to go to the hassle of trying to pack it for shipping so ideally it needs a home fairly close by, I dont have transport at the moment so whoever wants it would have to collect it themselves. If anyone is interested please dont be shy, let me know ASAP as I really dont relish the idea of it languishing at the back of my shed. It's going free so take the opportunity to give a loving home to a bit of maker history. All the best. NG.

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Fret saw operation. Answered

Typically, what sort of thickness of wood (plywood, solid softwoods) can a hobby-quality, bench-top fret saw comfortably deal with?

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Could i mount a jigsaw upside down and use it Like a fretsaw ?? Answered

Could i mount a jigsaw upside down and use it Like a fretsaw ?? because my fretsaw is nackered and before i buy a new one if i can improvise by making it in a vice and Building a metal support etc Itwill be perfect

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A good way to add a variable speed controller for my re-made Hobbies fretsaw.

Hi folks. I have decided I want to add a variable speed foot controller to my re-made hobbies fretsaw. https://www.instructables.com/id/1950s-Hobbies-treadle-fretsaw-remade/ My question is what do you guys out there think would be the easiest, least costly (cheap) way of doing it? I have given some thought to using a foot controller from a sewing machine possibly because this thing started life as a treadle fret saw & I guess it seems fitting that it should follow a similar evolution as sewing machines did. I know very little about sewing machines so if anyone has any ideas regarding this I would welcome them. I plan to include an isolator switch on the machine itself, it seems a good idea as we have a small grandson who visits very often as well as two dogs & 'ible the kitten & as much as I try to keep them out of my tiny workshop it sometimes seems as if I am the only person in the house who has mastered the skill of closing the door so with all those feet around I want to be able to kill the power when I am not actually cutting. So there you go guys what does the combined genius of the 'ibling world have to suggest for my little project?

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A good way to add a variable speed controller for my re-made Hobbies fretsaw.

Hi folks. I did ask this in the questions section but only got one reply which suggested I didn't really need one so I thought before I start on it I would give the forums a try. I have decided I want to add a variable speed foot controller to my re-made hobbies fretsaw. https://www.instructables.com/id/1950s-Hobbies-treadle-fretsaw-remade/ My question is what do you guys out there think would be the easiest, least costly (cheap) way of doing it? I have given some thought to using a foot controller from a sewing machine possibly because this thing started life as a treadle fret saw & I guess it seems fitting that it should follow a similar evolution as the sewing machine. I know very little about sewing machine controllers so if anyone has any ideas regarding this I would welcome them. I plan to include an isolator switch on the machine itself, it seems a good idea as we have a small grandson who visits very often as well as two dogs & 'ible the kitten, as much as I try to keep them out of my tiny workshop it sometimes seems as if I am the only person in the house who has mastered the skill of closing the door so with all those feet around I want to be able to kill the power when I am not actually cutting. I plan to do an 'ible about the job so I will happily give credit where it is due to any to any body/bodies that comes up with any ideas I use. So there you go guys what does the combined genius of the 'ibling world have to suggest for my little project?

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