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    I was going to buy a few fancy corbels for a bar I'm going to build, but found them so darn expensive that I plan on making my own.

    I have my sights on buying a scroll saw with a budget of about $300.

    I have used the smaller ones as a kid for smaller stuff, but I need one capable of cutting oak or ash about 2" thick with precision and without bogging down.

    Would the cheaper ones be up to the task, or would they be underpowered?

    I don't want to spend more than I have to as I probably won't use it much.



  • #2
    Have you considered a bandsaw with a 1/8" blade? A 1/8 blade can cut a tight radius and a BS will have more power than a scroll saw.
    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

    https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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    • #3
      Band saws are good for outside cuts, but I need to do small intricate inner cuts that require inserting the blade through each captive hole.

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      • #4
        Got it, I didn't catch that in your initial description.

        Might be worth looking for a used saw. Some of the older Delta saws look pretty sturdy. Blades have not changed much as far as how they attach, so newer blades should work. Upgrade to a new motor if need be.

        Here's an example from a quick search locally on Craigs List. No doubt you can find the same where you are.

        https://southjersey.craigslist.org/t...066422795.html

        https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/...070121576.html
        "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

        https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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        • #5
          No luck.
          I looked locally, but they're the low quality toy models around $100.
          I'm certain that'd be a mistake for trying to handle 2" oak.

          I'm considering the Delta 40 694 although one review said it struggled with 2" stock.

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          • #6
            You could post a wanted ad on CL. Or maybe ask if someone local could do the work of you, or look for a woodworking club and see if anyone takes on small jobs like that.

            Otherwise be prepared to open your wallet wide to the tune of about $400 or more for a good saw.

            Do you have the pattern picked out. Maybe post it here and collectively we might come up with a way to accomplish what you want without breaking the bank. Right now we have no idea of the complexity of your design.
            "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

            https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

            https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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            • #7
              Don't have the patience to wait for one to surface.
              The wife is pressing me to get it done.

              Good idea about seeing if someone is for hire, but again it would get pricey for labor.

              I'd rather just buy what I need and then sell it later if I need to.

              I saw this online and looks easy enough to copy.

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                • #9
                  Facebook marketplace has a few Delta 20" contractor series and some others in your area... don't know if your on facebook or know someone that is might be worth a look.

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                    John this one here located in Farmington Hills would be perfect.... I contacted the seller and it's still available I'll PM you with the details.

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                    • #11
                      Sometimes it just makes sense to buy what you need and be done with it. If time is the major factor you can't beat these. I've bought from Osborne in the past, quality products.

                      https://www.osbornewood.com/wood-brackets.aspx

                      But looking through their listing I don't see anything similar to what you posted. Get the ones you show in the photo, finish them yourself to match your project, and save the hassle of making them.
                      "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

                      https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

                      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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                      • #12
                        John,

                        I don't know how many of the corbels you plan to build, but have you given consideration to doing most of the through cuts on the drill press and then hand cutting with a coping or jeweler's saw the more intricate details? You might even be able to use a rotary tool or possibly a trim router against a pattern for most of the larger area details.

                        CWS
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CWSmith View Post
                          have you given consideration to doing most of the through cuts on the drill press and then hand cutting with a coping or jeweler's saw the more intricate details? You might even be able to use a rotary tool or possibly a trim router against a pattern for most of the larger area details.

                          CWS
                          I will use drill press, but trying to cut by hand doesn't seem feasible for thicker stock.
                          It'd be very hard to keep accuracy.

                          I like the idea of the router follow a pattern but the bearing on the bit wouldn't allow sharp corners.

                          I ordered a saw last night. I'll report back with its ability to cut through thicker wood.



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