Iíve been woodworking since high school Ė a very long time Ė and Iíve managed to do it without a particular tool. Iíve finally decided I need to get one.
I donít (at the moment Iíve writing this, although facts my change by the time you read this) own a scroll saw. There are plenty of times I could have used one over the years to cut smallish openings inside solid stock or sheet goods, but those times never seemed to come often enough to buy one.
In their place Iíve cut those openings by other means: jigsaw, plunge router, using a combination of Forstner bits and jigsaw or coping saw, etc. Iíve sometimes cut things in two, created the opening, and glued the two pieces back together. I even used a reciprocating saw once. All of these methods work fine Ė well, Iíll never try it with a recip saw again Ė but they all take longer to accomplish and sometimes require a lot more finish work than if Iíd used a scroll saw.
As I wrap up my current book Iíve been looking back over the manuscript, and I realized that when outlining ways of accomplishing a particular task Iíve listed using a scroll saw several times. I did the same thing in my last two books. But in each case, Iíve used one of those other methods (not the recip, though) because I donít have a scroll saw.
Well, Iíve decided itís been long enough. Before I turn in the finished book, Iím going to buy a scroll saw, then reshoot and replace a couple of the project step photos to illustrate how a scroll saw can be used. This will better server the reader, and make for a more complete and accurate book.
So, itís not like Iím going out and getting a new tool for myself. No, Iím doing this for the reader. Itís kind of like a sacrifice Iím making, so Iíll take no joy in buying one.
Nope, no joy at all in getting a shiny new tool. Shiny. New. Tool. Itíll be a chore really. Just a task that has to be done. Iím sure Iíll hate doing it.
SighÖ What we woodworking writers do for the cause of journalistic excellence.
Till next time,