Ive been woodworking since high school a very long time and Ive managed to do it without a particular tool. Ive finally decided I need to get one.
I dont (at the moment Ive 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 Ive cut those openings by other means: jigsaw, plunge router, using a combination of Forstner bits and jigsaw or coping saw, etc. Ive 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 well, Ill never try it with a recip saw again but they all take longer to accomplish and sometimes require a lot more finish work than if Id used a scroll saw.
As I wrap up my current book Ive been looking back over the manuscript, and I realized that when outlining ways of accomplishing a particular task Ive listed using a scroll saw several times. I did the same thing in my last two books. But in each case, Ive used one of those other methods (not the recip, though) because I dont have a scroll saw.
Well, Ive decided its been long enough. Before I turn in the finished book, Im 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, its not like Im going out and getting a new tool for myself. No, Im doing this for the reader. Its kind of like a sacrifice Im making, so Ill take no joy in buying one.
Nope, no joy at all in getting a shiny new tool. Shiny. New. Tool. Itll be a chore really. Just a task that has to be done. Im sure Ill hate doing it.
Sigh What we woodworking writers do for the cause of journalistic excellence.
Till next time,