Stand for an Ancient Delta 24" Scroll Saw

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Dave Richards

Dave
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Yesterday I was out in the shop tuning up the old Delta 24" scroll saw that my grandfather had in the shop when I was growing up. It's been sitting on a "table" made of a piece of plywood across a couple of sawhorses and I got to thinking I should make a stand for it. Most of the stands I've got are shop made from 2x4s and while they are serviceable, I wanted to do something a bit nicer this time. After some doodling, I came up with the design on the left. A friend of mine wanted to see the legs turned out at the bottom so a quick revision and I have the one on the right. I still like the one on the left so I thought I'd ask for some more opinions.

For reference, this thing isn't very big. About 28 in. tall and 20 in. wide.

I'm thinking white oak with a dark stain similar to a fumed finish. I plan to build a case to sit on the lower stretchers to hold the old cigar box of accessories and blades.
 
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Roy G

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Dave, how do you stand when using the saw? Would the legs part bulging out interfere with your knees? Where do you place your feet when sawing? I've never used a scroll saw so I don't have any experience.

Roy G
 

Dave Richards

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Good question, Roy. I've always used the scroll saw while standing. Used it a lot when I was young. I added a bit of an overhang at the front and the scroll saw's table extends even farther forward so I could sit on a tall stool. I think there'll be plenty of clearance for knees.
 

drw

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Dave, as always, I am so impressed with your skills with sketch-up...you are a master! As for the designs, I personally like the flared leg design (the one on the right), the one on the left reminds me of cartoon caricatures of bow-legged cowboys. That said, it your saw-stand, in your shop, I would make it based on your preference; I think both designs would be very serviceable.
 

Hmerkle

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Hank
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I agree with Donn, your saw, your table, your shop - personally - I too like the one on the right - one note - those feet can't come to a sharp point. (at least they won't for long!)

I too appreciate your Sketch-up skills!
 

Dave Richards

Dave
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Thank you gentlemen. I appreciate your opinions and compliments.

As for the feet, I did lop off the points on the one on the right. I figured they wouldn't last until the finish is dry. ;)

 

Berta

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I DO use a scroll saw a bit. The one on the right is for a scroll saw. The one of the left is for some other tool.
 
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Dave Richards

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Why do you say that, Berta?

Keep in mind that I don't use a scroll saw for hours at a time and don't plan to be sitting at it.
 

Berta

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A scrollsaw is used to make art. If you are going to build a stand for it, it needs to be beautiful.
 

TENdriver

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Dave, I won’t argue with Berta, but I actually like both/either of the ones on the right:)

Hopefully you’ll share photos of the completed stand.
 

ScottM

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The majority of scroller prefer the table tilted forward. How much is a personal preference. So if you are going to build it find your tilt angle and make the back legs longer or better yet adjustable.
 

Dave Richards

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Interesting point, Scott. Thanks for that. If I make it so the top is tilted, I expect I would make the top adjustable because I have no idea how much tilt I'd want. I don't see sitting at this thing for long periods of time. I just don't use the scroll saw that way but who knows?
 

Rick_B

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As Bob Vaughn pointed out to me - be careful tiliting a Delta 24" scroll saw - it has an oil bath/sump

Rick
 

Dave Richards

Dave
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As Bob Vaughn pointed out to me - be careful tiliting a Delta 24" scroll saw - it has an oil bath/sump

Rick
Oh, yeah! I know about that. Or you can ask my brother. He hauled it in the trunk of his car from our father's shop to his shop and it tipped over. What a mess!
 

ScottM

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Interesting point, Scott. Thanks for that. If I make it so the top is tilted, I expect I would make the top adjustable because I have no idea how much tilt I'd want. I don't see sitting at this thing for long periods of time. I just don't use the scroll saw that way but who knows?
Dave you might have a marketable idea. All the commercial stands I have ever seen accomplish the tilt by allowing the user to extend the back legs. This requires time and tools so it can not be accomplished on the fly.
 
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