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Scroll Saws

W.P. Wood, Scroll Sawing Machine, NBo. 14,339. Patented Feb. 26, 1856. Source: DATAMP

The first complete fret saw machine was made by H. L. Beach, of Montrose, Pennsylvania. Motion was given to the saw by an adjustable friction pulley on the crank shaft, and the speed could be varied at will by the operator depressing the treadle.

The saw guides were adjustable laterally and transversely to line, or to give any desired rake to the saw; the cross heads were also adjustable for wear. Tension was given to the saw by a ratchet gear. The working parts were suspended to a wrought-iron tubular shaft, which was held in place by a box and lever, and balanced by a spring. An adjustable steel bearing supported the back of the saw, and it could also be used to hold down the work. An air pump for removing the sawdust was attached to the cross head.

Mr. W. J. Cunningham, of London, patented about 1865 a combined fret saw and drilling machine, of very simple construction.

A Short History of Woodworking Machinery, from the 1920 edition of the William H. Field Company Field's Wood Working Machinery Reference Book, Old Woodworking Machines


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