To be honest, we rolled our eyes when we read Dremel’s promotional literature on this saw—-they actually called it a “woodworking destination.” After getting our hands on one, we want to apologize to Dremel for rolling our eyes. Its multiple innovations make it the coolest scroll saw we’ve ever used. Of course, it has the bells and whistles you want on a nice saw, like a flexible, positionable blower, detents on the tilting table, a blade holder and accommodations for using both pinned and plain blades. But get this: The blade holder turns 90 degrees to let you cut in a sort of sidesaddle band saw manner, eliminating the frustrating limitations of the depth of the saw’s throat. It’s more than clever, it’s genius, and that alone sets the saw apart. But at the risk of sounding like a late-night TV commercial, wait! There’s more! Built right into the saw is a stationary 5-inch disc sander attachment complete with miter gauge, waiting to tidy up your fretwork. Then remove the disc sander and attach your Flex Shaft attachment (not included, though we think it should be) and you’ve got access to scores of Dremel tool heads, all without leaving your scroll stool. Even the LED work light is a notch above standard; the light is bright and clear. The table’s a good size and smooth as glass, and the controls are perched right up front where you want them. We really are sorry for rolling our eyes; this is one exceptionally cool saw.
Combines the attributes of a full featured, variable speed scroll saw with the added versatility of a power take-off port to create an all-in-one woodworking destination
* 5″ standing attachment allows users to sand, shape, smooth and finish projects without leaving the footprint of the scroll station
* Easily accepts the flex shaft attachment (sold separately) to add the use of over 150 dremel rotary tool accessories
* Cutting capacity 1-3/4″ at 0 deg. and 1″ at 45 deg.
* Blade stroke 3/4″
* Speed 500-1700 SPM
* 1.6 amps * 120 volts
* Permanent magnet 1/6 HP motor
Setting up The Dremel Scroll Saw like a table saw..
Maybe you have a Dremel scroll saw, but you need to do some light rip cuts. Do you go out and buy an expensive table saw for just a couple of occasional cuts? Of course not. You can convert your Dremel scroll saw into a temporary table saw by building a little jig to cut thin pieces of material.
Gather two “C” clamps and either a piece of wood or a metal rule with a true straight edge that is longer than the scroll saw’s table. This will serve as your makeshift fence.
Carefully, clamp this straight edge perfectly parallel to the blade to create the fence. This may take time and be aggravating to get perfect, but it is necessary for accurate cuts. Just think of how much money you are saving by converting it for this little job.
Once you have the makeshift fence positioned, you can mark a line on the table so that you can take it off and put it back on without any hassle.
Use shims to create the thickness of your desired rips. For example, if the fence is 1/4″ away from the blade and you want a 1/8″ rip, you will use a 1/8″ shim between the work piece and the fence. You can also mark these distances from the fence on the table if they are going to be repeated frequently.
To get an accurate cut, you need to hold the wood extremely firmly against the fence. It is also best to run the blade at a slower rate to keep it from wandering with the grain of the wood.
Use the blower to keep the sawdust, which will be in a great amount, from obscuring the cut line.
These six simple steps can save you money and help you make rip cuts on small pieces of material. If you don’t have to make large cuts or do this too often, using the Dremel scroll saw as a table saw is an easy solution.