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I am not sure if this will be of any interest here, but thought it worth posting just in case.

I have just completed part one of my video on Fretworking. The first part briefly outlines the fretworking/scrollsawing hobby with a mix of aspects of the hobby. Also included is a little fretworking family history.

(Just to point out, the video is a sort of documentary about the history, it is not intended to show any practical techniques of fretworking.)


 

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enjoyed that scrimper, keep up with the series
looking forward to the next ep
 

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I am not sure if this will be of any interest here, but thought it worth posting just in case.

I have just completed part one of my video on Fretworking. The first part briefly outlines the fretworking/scrollsawing hobby with a mix of aspects of the hobby. Also included is a little fretworking family history.

(Just to point out, the video is a sort of documentary about the history, it is not intended to show any practical techniques of fretworking.)


Very good of you to put this out there for people to find and learn from.
I have some of Hobbies products including the rarely seen hand cranked fretsaw that would be clamped to a suitable flat surface.
I was lucky to also get a treadle lathe with fretsaw attachment
from a lovely chap in Dereham.
People love seeing them when I'm out doing displays.
Cheers Andy
 

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Hi,

Many thanks scrimper for adding your interesting video. It sure takes me back to the time many dads where interested in hobbies; it seemed like every household had hobbies manuals kicking around; I must have been about 7 when I had my first go at fretwork in 1954. I've owned the expensive Hegner scroll saw but didn't often use it so sold it on; I bought it second hand and didn't lose money on it. I've owned both fret and coping saws for a lifetime but never seen the lever operated fret saw you demonstrate.

Just for interest I think the last time I used my fretsaw on a decent project was when I dreamt up the idea of making my own brass nameplates using the fretsaw with piercing saw blades which cut metal.

Kind regards, Colin.

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I was heavily involved with vintage valve radio restorations as an hobby; one project I did was to restore an AVO WAVE WINDER and this needed new change gears so I made the gears and also a wooden box to house them in; these gears tend to get lost over the years so I wanted a way to identify them hence the brass nameplate. Above is a picture of the completed nameplate; I cut every letter out using the fret saw then super glued each in turn to the brass sheet backing adding an authentic brass border.

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Here's a similar nameplate made for a chum using the same technique.

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The finished nameplate; I also made the wooden box.

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This is inside the box; a full set of cast iron change gears; I was honoured with a top restoration award for this project; I also dreamt up a new way of indexing on the lathe for the gear cutting but it's too long and complicated to add and I don't want to bore anyone. What a shame these days when few dads will even know what a fretsaw is being more interested in kicking a ball around but times move on.
 

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Hi,

Many thanks scrimper for adding your interesting video. It sure takes me back to the time many dads where interested in hobbies; it seemed like every household had hobbies manuals kicking around; I must have been about 7 when I had my first go at fretwork in 1954. I've owned the expensive Hegner scroll saw but didn't often use it so sold it on; I bought it second hand and didn't lose money on it. I've owned both fret and coping saws for a lifetime but never seen the lever operated fret saw you demonstrate.

Just for interest I think the last time I used my fretsaw on a decent project was when I dreamt up the idea of making my own brass nameplates using the fretsaw with piercing saw blades which cut metal.

Kind regards, Colin.

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I was heavily involved with vintage valve radio restorations as an hobby; one project I did was to restore an AVO WAVE WINDER and this needed new change gears so I made the gears and also a wooden box to house them in; these gears tend to get lost over the years so I wanted a way to identify them hence the brass nameplate. Above is a picture of the completed nameplate; I cut every letter out using the fret saw then super glued each in turn to the brass sheet backing adding an authentic brass border.

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Here's a similar nameplate made for a chum using the same technique.

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The finished nameplate; I also made the wooden box.

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(*******This is inside the box; a full set of cast iron change gears; I was honoured with a top restoration award for this project; I also dreamt up a new way of indexing on the lathe for the gear cutting but it's too long and complicated to add and I don't want to bore anyone.*******) What a shame these days when few dads will even know what a fretsaw is being more interested in kicking a ball around but times move on.
Top marks and I'm game to hear, perhaps on a new thread?
Cheers Andy
 

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Looks like my thread has drifted, but just to say Many thanks for the kind comments about my Fret-working video. :)
 

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Hi,

Sorry scrimper; blame me ;). I'm interested in all aspects of woodwork so tend to get carried away. I like the old machines associated with woodworking because as you rightly state they are built to last many lifetimes unlike modern tinny machines built to last until the day after the warranty expires. It's nice to see you encouraging your grandson who looks enthralled in what he's doing; good on you. These old machines even at 120 years old will last another lifetime with just a drop of oil. It's sad that many woodworkers buy a machine and expect it to run forever without lubrication.

When the weather warms up I'll disappear into the gardens and workshop. :)

I'm looking forward to your next video.

Kind regards, Colin.
 

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Hi,

Sorry scrimper; blame me ;). I'm interested in all aspects of woodwork so tend to get carried away. I like the old machines associated with woodworking because as you rightly state they are built to last many lifetimes unlike modern tinny machines built to last until the day after the warranty expires. It's nice to see you encouraging your grandson who looks enthralled in what he's doing; good on you. These old machines even at 120 years old will last another lifetime with just a drop of oil. It's sad that many woodworkers buy a machine and expect it to run forever without lubrication.

When the weather warms up I'll disappear into the gardens and workshop. :)

I'm looking forward to your next video.

Kind regards, Colin.
It's OK Colin, thread drift happens and I don't mind sharing. I am working on part 2 of the video but it is hard work and sometimes I have a job to get motivated to do things. Once I get going I am ok.
 

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Hi,

Thanks scrimper; I like other members are looking forward to part 2. I'm finding it virtually impossible at the moment being rather like you; it's snowing and bitterly cold so I can't play out and I'm trying to dodge the flu and Covid remaining here in comfort at the keyboard but at least I'm doing something; it would drive me mad watching guys kick or knock a ball around or all the bad news from around the world on TV.

What kind of things have you made using your fretwork kit; fretwork used to be such a big hobby when I was a kid as was model building using Balsa wood. If only these old hobbies would come back; they started kids off on the right track to use their head and hands also their fathers too were interested; now it's mobile phones and computers which is such a shame; good on you for posting this interesting thread in order to encourage others to have a go.

Kind regards, Colin.
 

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Just finished and uploaded Part two of my video series on Fret-working.

Very informative Scrimper, I didn't know about the treadle conversion kit for the handcranked model.
Yes, it is a bit tricky to saw with, particularly when curves are involved (when aren't they?)
Cheers Andy
 

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I have the treadle machine, and a lot of the other accessories(lpane/fretsaw/dovetail bench vice). Being an antique tool collector, one of my prize purchase was a box full of hand drawn patterns and hobbies magazines from the 30's here in the colonies (Canada). All my old-tool buddies thought I was nuts to purchase this, but getting it home, the patterns were on the backs of old grocery store flyers(prices will astound you!), and it was then, with a tad of research that I realized this was the "get rich quick" advert of the depression. It is indeeed a piece of history.

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