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Forgive the following much overused quote but,
I just don't know what went wrong!
My scroll saw broke on me while working on a fixed mane Derpy. The beveled pin holding the saw blade tightening knob snapped in half. Non-repairable without a welder, no amount of wrenching and plier-ing has been able to twist it without the knob. (Which doesn't surprise me. The torque on the knob was absurd. I occasionally had to use a wrench to turn it in any case.) Now, I admit, it was the absolute cheapest one I could find, but I expected it to last more than 13 months. I wasn't even using it for about 4 of those.

So now I am left with a choice. I can: run and get another scroll saw today, probably of the same  quality but hopefully with a longer lifespan.  (It was not great quality as far as excess vibrations, stable cutting plane, ease of blade exchange etc. were concerned, but it certainly did it's job.)  And I could get a new one for probably about $90, which  I can afford at the moment out of my woodworking budget. Or I can dip into the Not-woodworking budget  to get a nice, beautiful scrollsaw for, oh somewhere upwards of a considerable amount of money. On the assumption that I wouldn't have to buy a new one in a year and that it would be a better machine. It would certainly not be the first time I've gone hungry to do woodwork. But it would  also probably take a week at least to arrive.

For now I'm going to go try to make a delicate pair of wings using a skip-toothed, 8tpi blade at 3/4 tension, since that's what was loaded in when the tension knob broke.  (Sidenote: If I succeed in making a good pair of wings today I'm throwing myself a party.)

On less depressing matters:  BOOKS!
I finally grabbed some books I've been wanting to read  (and one that just looked interesting)  from a clearance sale last week, which means, although I love me some Terry Pratchett, nothing is interesting the 9th time you read it for something to read. So my week has been full of Karen Horney's Neurosis and Human Growth, a book I've really wanted to read after just loving her personality theories in undergrad.  And guys, guys it is so good. I love the psychoanalysts, and Horney has just a beautifully self-contained and relevant theory. Along with some novels  it's been a good week for literature.
  • Mood: Not Impressed
  • Listening to: Chopin - Nocturne Op. 9
  • Reading: Neurosis and Human Growth-Karen Horney
  • Eating: Hmm...I am actually pretty hungry.
  • Drinking: Coffee
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Maroniemann Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have literally no idea about woodwork, but I think you should buy a more expensive scrollsaw, if you intend to keep woodworking for some time
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bunnimation Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
do you have a paypal to donate for a new saw? I don't have much but would be willing to donate a couple dollars. =)
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am being totally honest when I say thank you for the offer, and you are awesome, but I'm going to be selfish here, because I would feel bad letting you do that. Prideful independence and all that.
But thank you very much. :)
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bunnimation Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
of course! Just thought I'd offer help. =)
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I have no idea how much "upwards of a considerable amount of money" is, but if you can afford it without too much trouble, I'd go for the good-quality model.

It's been my own experience that it's often better to bite the bullet and spend a bit (or a lot) more to get something decent that you'll be happy with; not just because it may actually save you money in the long run when you don't have to replace it all the time due to wear and tear, but also because, well, you WILL be happier with it. :)

This is especially true for things that you'll use a lot. And since you do a lot of woodwork, I'd say you can justify getting quality tools.

Just my two bits, of course. :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well the good good scroll saws can hit the thousands, but for me thwt means $300-500ish. Not commercial grade, but more than enough for a hobbyist. And I think you're right. If nothing fits the bill, of course, I may hold off for a while, and just rig up my broken saw, cut old saw blades off instead off untightening etc, but I think I'll try to get a nice replacement.
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AuraKiss Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can't you get one of those drill bits that you drill into the leftover bolt then back drill it out? Then order a new scroll saw after christmas...
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, i agree, actually, unless I can find a good saw in my price range tomorrow i'll try to get a small bit and drill a new pinhole. It won't solve the problem, but it will hold me over until I can get something new, I agree.
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